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Sony now has a Koov robotics learning kit for US classrooms

After soft-launching a blocks-based educational robotics kit in the US last summer to gauge local interest, Sony has judged the reception for its Koov kit warm enough to fire a fully fledged educator offering into the US market. The Koov Educator Kid goes up for pre-order today, with an estimated …

Sony

Your Startup’s MVP Isn’t Working, But Here’s What Might

Make your customers jump through hoops. Add friction. Your goal is to test how much effort they’re willing to make to obtain what you’re offering.<p>“It’s five years from now and the startup you’re pitching me failed. What happened?”<p>I love asking this question to early-stage founders interviewing for …

Product Management

Mirror raises $13 million for virtual fitness classes

It may seem like there are already enough on-demand fitness classes, but one startup has an idea for something a little different.<p>Mirror is debuting an at-home device that looks like a mirror, but also lets you see the instructor and classmates for fitness routines like barre, yoga, boxing and …

New York City Ballet

IKEA’s Success Can’t Be Attributed to One Charismatic Leader

During my conversations with CEOs, it always comes to a point where they say: “I want to leave a legacy.” Any CEO would be satisfied with the business legacy left by Ingvar Kamprad, the IKEA founder who died last weekend. The store he founded, with its iconic blue and yellow logo and functional, …

Ingvar Kamprad

Pre-K home-school provider to open 150 ‘boutique’ programs

Wonderschool, a San Francisco-based venture that helps pre-K teachers and child-care providers run preschools out of their homes, plans to open 150 …

Pre-school

Oracle's Silicon Valley campus is now home to a high school — here's what it's like inside

Oracle is known for its database technology, but it soon could be known for something else as well — educating kids.<p>Last month, the tech giant opened the doors of a brand new $43 million high school building built on its Silicon Valley campus. The building is the new home for Design Tech — also …

Teaching

EdTech Investments Rise To A Historical $9.5 Billion: What Your Startup Needs To Know

In 1997, when the Internet was relatively new to the public, I was one of the first teachers in my school district using education technology in my classroom. Although resources were quite scarce at the time, having the ability to find creative lesson plans, play music from different genres, and …

Education Technology

Are charter schools ruining the public education system?

Some education advocates argue charter schools, publicly funded independent schools run by private companies or organizations, have been detrimental …

Education

10 Free Tech Tools & Websites Every Teacher Should Know About

Photograph courtesy MaxPixel. Public domain<p>Confession: I was a late tech adopter.<p>I didn’t own a computer until I was in college. I couldn’t record on …

Education Technology

Juni Learning is bringing individualized programming tutorials to kids online

Juni Learning wants to give every kid access to a quality education in computer programming.<p>The company, part of YCombinator’s latest batch of startups, is taking the same approach that turned VIPKID into the largest Chinese employer in the U.S. and a runaway hit in the edtech market, by matching …

Education

IKEA’s New ‘Open Source’ Sofa Is Designed to Be Hacked

British designer Tom Dixon’s portfolio is an eclectic one, including everything from high-concept paperweights to masculine scented candles. But his …

Furniture

The controversial Silicon Valley-funded quest to educate the world’s poorest kids

On a Monday morning in October, Faith stands before her class of kids, ages 10 and up. She looks down at her tablet computer, which details the day’s lessons. Her teaching plan gives instructions down to the minute, including when kids should stand up, solve problems, cheer for a classmate, and …

Education

Six Chicago public schools getting washers and dryers to help students in need

Last school year, one CPS middle school student, who had lost both of his parents, complained other students would make fun of him because of the way …

Vista Equity explores options for PowerSchool, PeopleAdmin: sources

(Reuters) - Private equity firm Vista Equity Partners Management LLC is exploring options for two software companies it owns, PowerSchool and PeopleAdmin, that could involve combining them in a deal worth between $2 billion to $3 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>Any deal would …

Venture Capital

Education technology is a global opportunity

$8.15 billion. That’s the amount global investors staked in edtech companies in the first 10 months of 2017.<p>Education used to be simple: there was a blackboard, a teacher and desks in a classroom. Today, a student can practice English online, upload homework through a portal and learn chemistry …

Education Technology

Outdoor lessons improve children's learning

<b>A study found that, after teaching a lesson outside, teachers were able to hold kids' attention for nearly twice as long during a subsequent indoor</b> …

Old School Mechanical Displays Are Making A Comeback

Your shopping list has never looked so hip.<p>The technical term is “split-flap display.” But nobody knows the signs by that name. They’re the “neat, flippy signs” or “those old alarm clock displays” or “the signs they used to have at train stations.” They’re signs that update not with lights or …

Amazon Alexa

ButterflyVPN is a router that unlocks the internet on-the-go

A limited internet doesn’t make sense, right? It seems like a contradictory idea, but in many places it is. Some countries restrict access to certain websites, and often services we know and love are not available in these markets. It’s a bummer, but there are ways to go around these digital …

Somewhere Between a Food Truck and a Food Tent, You’ll Find a Cubert

Elizabeth Miranda’s food dream centers on churros, and her goal someday is to have a brick-and-mortar bakery where she can sell them along with her “reimagined” versions of other traditional Mexican pastries. For now, she settles for a stall at one of San Francisco’s outdoor markets.<p>Matt Cohen’s …

RISE Education Inching One Step Further Toward Becoming An Education Giant

RISE rolled out RISE Up Online U.S. High School Courses, and thus delivered what's promised on Q3 earnings call.<p>It has now differentiated itself as a …

The K-12 Classroom Experience in the Age of Personalized Learning

In the classrooms of the future, new technology, as well as principles of flexibility and personalization, will shape the K-12 experience.<p>Disruptive innovations that enable new, personalized models of education could radically transform the K-12 experience as we know it. But intrinsically, …

Education Technology
Language Learning

This School Will Teach You Today's Hottest Job Skills — With NO Tuition

Here's what you have to do.<p>Want to get your foot in the door at some of Silicon Valley’s hottest companies, with valuable data analytics skills in …

Everything We Know About LeBron James’ Akron School

The school is expected to open next fall for third and fourth graders.<p>By<p>Dec 08 2017, 8:40 AM<p>LeBron James Family Foundation<p>ADVERTISEMENT<p>NBA demigod …

Ditch Your Lame PowerPoint And Try These Apps Instead

The cultishly popular app maker FiftyThree releases tools for people who use visual slide decks at work–but don’t need the bloat of PowerPoint or Keynote.<p>Four years ago, FiftyThree—the team of ex-Microsoft creatives who launched a wildly popular iPad sketching app called Paper—was flush with …

Tilit Turns Aprons Into Opportunities

The Problem<p>There was one thing Alex McCrery hated about his job as Jerry Seinfeld’s personal chef: his uniform. Chef’s coats and aprons are typically made with polyester, which is more water- and stain-repellent than cotton but feels hot and uncomfortable. And the cheap cotton pants wear out …

The Future Economy Project: Reading List

HBR launched the Future Economy Project with a bold claim: We believe in climate change and we’re taking action.<p>In reality, we — like the leaders whose interviews, resources, and more are highlighted in this project — have been focused on sustainability for quite some time.<p>Our archives contain …

Two decades after Lululemon, Canada is a hotbed for athleisure

Vancouver-based Lululemon, founded in 1998, played an important role in launching the athleisure craze. Over the last five years, hundreds of activewear startups have popped up around the world, from Outdoor Voices and Aday in the U.S. to RumiX in Hong Kong.<p>But Canada has also been a very fertile …

Clothing

Plans for a pedestrianised Oxford Street don't go far enough

The plans to pedestrianise a large portion of Oxford Street are a great step towards making London fit better around people’s needs. But the …

Urban Design

InsideOut School / Andrea Tabocchini & Francesca Vittorini

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> InsideOut is a school prototype built in Yeboahkrom, a rural village in Ghana where the wind had …