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Japanese MOOC Provider Scores $1.5M

Edtech Business<p>Japanese MOOC Provider Scores $1.5M<p>Jul 2, 2013<p><b>SCHOO:</b> $1.5 million (152 million yen) to Tokyo-based Schoo in Series A round led by …

Kaplan Edtech Accelerator Announces Inaugural Cohort

Jun 19, 2013<p><b>HATCHING A KAPLAN:</b> We first reported on the Kaplan Edtech Accelerator in February as they were partnering with TechStars. The …

Apple Wins LAUSD

Edtech Business<p>Apple Wins LAUSD<p>Jun 20, 2013<p><b>SAY 'HELLO' TO HOLLYWOOD (and the rest of the LA Unified District):</b> Students and teachers in LA should …

Mapping the Edtech Market

European explorers reveled in their versions of a mappa mundi, or map of the world.Such representations were worse navigation aids than Apple maps on …

An update on the Amplify tablet contract

A couple weeks ago, I tried to determine whether the awarding of a major contract to Amplify Education had anything to do with Superintendent Maurice …

Amplify Announces First Large-Scale Tablet Deployment

Edtech Business<p>Amplify Announces First Large-Scale Tablet Deployment<p>May 28, 2013<p><b>RAMPING UP:</b> Amplify announced its first county-wide deployment that …

Flipboard Updates iOS App, Now Lets You Share Your Custom Magazine About Boats And Hoes With Friends

Flipboard has just updated its iOS app to add a few more features for its 50 million+ readers. Back in March, Flipboard announced a new feature that would include user-created magazines, which seems to have excited Flippers.<p>In fact, the company announced that users have already created 500,000 …

Google’s Cloud Is Eating Apple’s Lunch

A new front has opened in the smartphone war, and for the first time in many years, Apple is both outnumbered and outgunned.<p>I’m not talking about the phones themselves. iOS is still better than Android, although the gap has narrowed. The next iPhone will doubtless be the best phone in the world …

U.S. Education Secretary’s stern challenge to entrepreneurs: ‘We have so far to go’

BURLINGAME, Calif. — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke frankly to a roomful of Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and investors about the state of the nation’s education system.<p>At the NewSchools Summit this afternoon, the former head of Chicago’s public schools said he believes that technology …

With $7.5M From Redpoint, Bill Campbell & Others, Curious Launches A Marketplace For Life-Long Learning

With the growing demand for video-based online education, Curious.com is joining the crowd today with a marketplace that aims help students and teachers connect around a range of subjects, from pipe soldering and salsa dancing to jewelry making and knife sharpening.<p>With 10K learners logging 150K …

Washington state project cuts college costs with free digital textbooks

• Advocates for the Open Course Library, a project offering free digital textbooks and other materials written by Washington community college faculty …

College & University

Meritful Launches A Student CRM Platform To Help Recruiters Keep Tabs On Campus Talent

College recruiting is becoming increasingly competitive. Companies have begun to realize that top graduates not only bring a lot of talent and energy to the table, but they also tend to cost less than more experienced prospects. But in order to successfully woo those fortunate enough to have their …

Wonderville Launches An Interactive Content Library And Virtual Classroom Network For Kids

Last July, a group of veteran executives from eToys, eBay, Sesame Street, Discovery and Disney unveiled their ambitious plan to create a souped-up Khan Academy for kids. But rather than a straightforward port, the learning platform, called Wonderville, aimed to expand on Khan’s approach to the …

Why VCs can’t afford to ignore EdTech any longer

<i>Andrew D’Souza is COO of Top Hat Monocle</i><p>Two years ago, most top-tier VCs would not have touched an education technology company with a 10-foot pole. That’s all about to change – in fact, it’s already changing.<p>Take a look at some of the recent bets placed by big-name firms on exciting education …

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Canadian Educational Game Developer

Edtech Business<p>Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Acquires Canadian Educational Game Developer<p>Apr 13, 2013<p><b>TRIBAL NOVA:</b> Acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt …

Instructure Launches App Center To Let Teachers, Students Install Third-Party Apps Across Learning Platforms

Props are owed to companies like Blackboard and Moodle for being early movers in the educational software space, particularly in helping catalyze innovation in learning management systems (LMS). The problem is, of course, they got their start over a decade ago, and haven’t always elicited raving …

California Universities Aggressively Expand Online Courses, Finds Failure Rates Drop

The largest university system in America is aggressively expanding its experimental foray into Massive Online Open Learning (MOOCs), based on an unusually promising pilot course. The California State University system will offer a special “flipped” version of an electrical engineering course at 11 …

Google Play, Apple’s App Store Might Face “Legal Undertakings” In OFT’s Investigation Of Freemium Games For Kids

The freemium kids’ app party that has seen some parents left with hefty bills because of their kids’ use of games could be heading for a sticky end — at least in the U.K. The Office of Fair Trading has announced a six-month investigation into whether children are being “unfairly pressured or …

Gartner: Tablet Shipments To Grow 69.8% YoY To 197M Units In 2013, As PCs/Laptops Decline 7.3% To 315M Units

Gartner has published its latest report with smart devices projections for smartphones, tablets, ultramobiles and PCs from 2012 to 2017, and it’s as clear picture as you can get of how mobile rules today and will continue to dominate the device landscape tomorrow. Echoing results from IDC’s global …

Rosetta Stone Acquires Livemocha Language Learning Platform

Edtech Business<p>Rosetta Stone Acquires Livemocha Language Learning Platform<p>Apr 2, 2013<p><b>LIVEMOCHA:</b> Ouch. Language learning companies have been a source …

Udemy's new iPhone app: The quest for video learning, anytime, anywhere

<i>"It comes back to that need for time. Folks need to be able to get in, get out and keep moving."</i> <i><br>- Dinesh Thiru, vice president of marketing at …

Learning

edX Merges With Stanford’s Class2Go To Build An Open-Source Online Learning Platform

As new models of digital learning sweep across higher education, colleges and universities across the globe are scrambling to get on board and make their course catalogs available to a wider audience via the Web. Of these new models, few have seen more attention than massive open online courses …

With Over 6,000 Courses Now Live, Udemy Brings Its Learning Marketplace To iOS To Let You Study On The Go

Udemy launched in 2010 to help students of all ages continue their education through video-based, online courses — and in turn, give teachers (and experts) a way to make a buck by sharing their knowledge with the masses. Capitalizing on the growing interest and buzz around online learning and MOOC …

Udemy’s new iOS app turns your phone into a 24-hour classroom

If Bill Nye taught us anything, it’s that learning can happen anytime, anywhere. Udemy agrees, which is why the startup launched an iPhone app today to provide instant, on-the-go access to its course offerings.<p>Udemy is an online learning platform that offers videos and live lectures from hundreds …

School Tool: Metryx Provides 'Digital Clipboard' for Tracking Student Mastery

Learning Strategies<p>School Tool: Metryx Provides 'Digital Clipboard' for Tracking Student Mastery<p>Apr 2, 2013<p><b>Free!</b> METRYX is a formative assessment …

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