College for the 21st century

 College has changed in the last 25 years. For one, we have an urgent crisis of affordability. College graduates also are facing a crisis of employability. The result has been financial calamity for millennials. As Gen Zers reach college age, they’re contemplating whether a traditional four-year accredited college or university is the optimal path. Read More

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Edtech company Kidaptive raises $19.1 million for its adaptive learning platform

 Edtech startup Kidaptive, an adaptive-learning company that begin its life with a suite of curriculum-focused iPad games for kids, announced today it has closed on $19.1 million in Series C funding, in a round led by Formation 8 and Korean education company Woongjin ThinkBig. The investment follows a deal with Woongjin that will see Kidaptive powering an English language learning system… Read More

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Varsity Tutors lands $50 million in Series C funding

 Varsity Tutors, the learning platform founded in 2011, today announced the close of a $50 million Series C funding round led by Learn Capital. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and existing investor TCV also participated in the round. Varsity Tutors started as an offline service, connecting the best tutors on campus with those who needed help for IRL study sessions. Fast forward seven years and… Read More

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Microsoft acquires classroom collaboration startup Chalkup to expand Microsoft Teams

 Microsoft is beefing up its Slack-like collaboration software, Microsoft Teams, with the technology (and the founder) from collaboration software startup Chalkup. Following the acquisition, Microsoft says it will bring some of the features Chalkup had built to the Microsoft Teams for Education product experience. Chalkup was founded in 2013 by CEO Justin Chando, who’s joining Microsoft as… Read More

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Script’s app lets parents digitally sign school permission slips, pay for field trips

 Schools are often late to taking advantage of new technologies, so today still do much of their business over paper forms. One pain point in particular – for school administrators, teachers and parents alike – is handling permission forms for activities and field trips. A young startup called Script aims to help. Schools can use Script’s app to manage the entire trip… Read More

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‘Instagram for classwork’ Seesaw in 1/2 of US schools

 Kids don’t try their hardest unless they think someone’s watching. Overcrowded classrooms and distracted parents can make pouring effort into school work feel pointless. But Seesaw’s app turns their assignments into social media they share with teachers, peers and mom and dad. Now it’s invading schools across the country and just raised a Series A round from LinkedIn… Read More

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Code.org is bringing computer education to Alaska Airlines’ in-flight entertainment

 Code.org has partnered with Alaska Airlines to offer free educational videos on how computers and the Internet work, Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi wrote in a blog post.. The video series, which stars Microsoft founder Bill Gates and other industry leaders, will be available beginning in April on Alaska Airlines flights. “Whether you use a PC, a smartphone, a wearable device, a connected… Read More

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Pearson is adding LittleBits kits to its STEM curriculum

 Brooklyn-based startup LittleBits has worked hard to shake the “tech toy” label. While the company’s done a good job getting its kid-friendly engineering kits into the hands of schools, a new partnership with Pearson will certainly add an extra bit of legitimacy to the company’s methods. The education publishing giant announced this week that it’s… Read More

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Sphero’s CEO discusses the company’s shift from Star Wars to schools

 If hardware is hard, robotics are next to impossible. Even so, Sphero managed an impressive feat over its first five years, growing from a small startup with a glowing, smartphone-controlled ball into the maker of the most talked about piece of merchandise for cinema’s biggest blockbuster franchise. But last week, it became clear that not all was rosy with the company, as they cut 45 jobs. Read More

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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. 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 students with vetted and pre-qualified online tutors. While VIPKID focused on teaching… Read More

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