Lifelong learning startup Curious wants to provide teachers of all kinds with the web tools to build their own online classrooms and reach a wider audience of students.
As competition grows in the booming kids’ app industry, San Francisco-based Fingerprint Digital is turning to the enterprise for broader distribution.
After growing concerns over companies that manage and store student data, a U.S. Senator is asking the Department of Education about how it scrutinizes data-centric third-party vendors.
In its first national equity investment, Mark Zuckerberg’s Startup:Education fund has co-led a seed round in K-12 education startup Panorama Education.
As part of a larger strategy to broaden its online content, General Assembly is launching its first interactive online learning tool Dash, which teaches people how to code through a set of fictional scenarios.
Tech companies from Apple to Zynga are supporting a nationwide computer science initiative to get 10 million students across the country to learn to code.
After running into problems with accreditors, educational technology startup Altius Education has sold its assets to higher education marketing company Datamark.
Just a few months after opening its doors to teachers, online learning community Socratic has raised a $1.5 million seed round led by Spark Capital and including Andreessen Horowitz and others.
After Los Angeles schools recalled iPads distributed to students, a school district in North Carolina has suspended a tablet program with News Corp.’s Amplify.
Remind101, a San Francisco-based startup that enables teachers to safely and easily broadcast mobile messages to parents and students, has raised a $3.5 million Series A round.
Now, the Silicon Valley-based non-profit Khan Academy offers millions of students online instruction. But, in the future, could it also provide a new kind of credential?
LinkedIn co-founder and investor Reid Hoffman wants upgrade the college diploma, but he’s not the only one thinking of new ways to approach credentialing.
Shmoop, a digital publisher of educational content founded by a Silicon Valley power couple, has raised a round of funding led by Formation 8.
Kaplan’s TechStars-powered ed tech accelerator held its first demo day and showcased startups rethinking online credentialing, retooling literacy learning and improving career readiness.
Online education startup Udacity says it’s partnering with a group of leading technology companies to better prepare students for work in the 21st century.
A year after raising $80 million in its first round of venture capital, Canadian ed tech company Desire2Learn has made its third acquisition in nine months.
Cable network AMC is teaming up with education technology company Instructure and the University of California at Irvine for a massive open online course based on the popular television series The Walking Dead.
In the latest critique of massive open online courses (MOOCs), the professor of an online course held up as an example by the media and MOOC providers has decided to shutter his class.
A new survey from Inside Higher Ed contrasts professors’ perceptions of online education with the media’s portrayal.
NoRedInk, a San Francisco startup founded by a former high school English teacher, has raised $2 million in a round led by Google Ventures.
Hoping to give young users an early introduction to Microsoft products, the company has rolled out a school-specific version of Bing that removes ads and boosts privacy protections.
In a recent interview, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun responds to negative reports about his startup’s online education partnership with San Jose State University.
Textbook rental company Chegg has filed an S-1 with the SEC, indicating its intention to raise $150 million in an initial public offering.
San Francisco-based InstaEDU has raised an additional $4 million for its online marketplace of private tutors.
Feynman Liang has finished more than 36 online classes, putting the 21-year-old in the upper ranks of MOOC veterans. Here are his tips for picking classes.
As it bolsters its enterprise customer base ahead of an expected IPO, cloud services startup Box is announcing new services and partnerships in education.
Boston-based Boundless, which creates “textbook alternatives” from open-source content, is launching a $19.99 interactive textbook that it says gives students a more structured approach to studying.
More states have adopted the “benefit corporation status” that lets a company pursue social good even at the expense of financial gains without risk of being sued by investors.
In the latest deal involving a startup focused on language learning, New York-based Voxy has raised $8.5 million in a round led by education giant Pearson and education investment fund Rethink Education.
Grockit, an education technology startup founded in 2007, is selling its social test prep assets to Kaplan, the education subsidiary of the Washington Post.
Language learning giant Rosetta Stone is expanding into children’s literacy with the $22.5 million acquisition of Boston-based Lexia Learning Systems.
San Francisco-based Minerva Project just crossed an important milestone in its effort to build a top-tier research university online: through a partnership with the Keck Graduate Institute in Claremont it will receive accreditation.
Two Chinese universities have reportedly revealed partnerships with online learning startup Coursera ahead of schedule.
Just about six months after announcing a partnership with online education startup Udacity, San Jose State University says that is pausing the project.
A new survey looks at mobile technology adoption in K-12 schools and the key hurdles for educators.
Teachers acknowledge that casual language is finding its way into formal writing, thanks to digital media. But they also believe that new technology is positive force in teaching students to write.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has spent $472 million on higher education but, according to a report, it’s accumulating critics along with its influence.
With mounting competition in education technology, this week industry giant Blackboard laid out its plans for staying ahead.
Online education startup Coursera raises another $43 million with plans to build out mobile apps, open up its platform and deepen its international presence.
News Corp.’s education division Amplify is the latest to roll out a massive open online course (MOOC) for high school students.
Pearson Catalyst, the new ed tech startup program launched by publishing company Pearson, has announced the companies in its inaugural class.
Civitas Learning, an Austin-based startup, has raised $8.75 million to help colleges and universities make data-driven decisions.
Microsoft’s Bing plans to roll out a special version of its search product for schools that doesn’t include advertising and boosts privacy protections.
To help teachers navigate the exploding world of ed tech apps and games, the nonprofit Common Sense Media is rolling out a ‘Consumer Reports’-like reviews site.
In its first acquisition since splitting off from what is now McGraw-Hill Financial, McGraw-Hill Education has purchased learning and assessment software company ALEKS.
Thinkful, a Peter Thiel-backed education startup, is bringing skills grouping into its online learning program in an effort to boost engagement and course completion rates.
A consortium of schools including the Big 10 universities is reportedly questioning partnerships with private ed tech companies and considering creating their own online education network.
Kaplan’s TechStars-powered startup accelerator — the latest to launch for education entrepreneurs — is announcing the startups in its inaugural class.
New Corp.’s education division Amplify is getting into the gaming business with the roll out of more than 30 tablet-based games meant to help middle school students improve language arts, science and math skills.
Despite increased innovation in education technology, a new report from the non-profit Center for American Progress shows that U.S. schools are not doing enough to take advantage of digital tools.
Online learning startup creativeLIVE is breaking in its new San Francisco studios with a special broadcast featuring several big names from Silicon Valley.
Silverback Learning, a startup hatched out of a school district in Idaho, has raised $2.5 million as it plans to expand to school districts nationwide.
Startup InternMatch has raised $4 million in a Series A round meant to help the company build out its engineering team.
Boston-based LearnLaunchX, one of several new accelerators for ed tech startups, has announced the members of its inaugural class.
In an age of declining budgets and disappearing arts programs, technnology could help make music education more feasible — a hackathon hosted by Spotify and the New York City Department of Education is an early step.
Knewton, an education technology startup, has signed a deal with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring its adaptive learning technology to millions of K-12 students.
Education startup Instructure has raised $30 million in a Series D round led by Bessemer Venture Partners and including Eric Schmidt’s TomorrowVentures, EPIC Ventures and OpenView Partners.
Junyo, an education startup led by Zynga co-founder Steve Schoettler, is launching a new product strategy for using data to improve education publishing, and perhaps education itself.
As smartphones and social networks make it more difficult for teachers to keep students’ attention, a few interesting startups are using technology to turn real-world examples into classroom lessons.
Since launching, online learning startup Coursera has focused on partnerships with elite institutions. But its latest cohort of partners includes state university systems interested in using MOOCs to improve completion rates, quality and access.
Language learning startup Duolingo is rolling out a new Android app and has closed its first revenue-generating deal with a U.S. publisher for crowd-sourced translation services.
A New York City education technology innovation program aims to inspire more cross-pollination between entrepreneurs and educators.
About a year after its launch, social learning site Learnist is looking to gain appeal among more non-education users and balance quality and quantity as its content grows.
A new study from disruptive economics guru Clayton Christensen’s think tank gives more clarity into how online learning could shape the future of education.
Swivl, a motion-tracking, iPhone-compatible camera dock that enables individuals to easily video record themselves, has raised $500,000 from venture capital firm Grishin Robotics.
Knewton, a New York-based adaptive learning startup, has partnered with education publisher Macmillan.
On the heels of faculty backlashes to massive open online courses, three universities have pulled out of an online learning program with education company 2U.
Startup Raise Labs wants to rethink college financial aid with a model that enables students to earn micro scholarships over the course of their high-school careers.
Google is getting ready to compete with Apple in the education market in a bigger way with the launch of Google Play for Education, an Android app store for educators.
Udacity and Georgia Tech are teaming up with AT&T to offer an entirely online computer science masters degree that will cost students less than $7,000.
CollegeFeed, a new startup from a former Googler, wants to make the online career network more relevant for college kids.
Chegg, a company best known as a textbook rental site, is partnering with Coursera to distribute its content to students enrolled in massive open online courses.
Zynga is partnering with NewSchools Venture Fund to launch an accelerator program for educational gaming startups.
Online learning startup Coursera is partnering with several schools of education, as well as other institutions and museums, to bring professional development courses to K-12 teachers online.
Ed tech startup accelerator Imagine K-12 has created a new Start Fund, enabling it to increase the amount of funding given to each startup from $20,000 to $100,000.
Minerva Project, a San Francisco-based startup aiming to bring a Harvard-level education to the web, plans to recognize innovative educators with a $500,000 prize.
Elite liberal arts college Amherst voted against partnering with massive open online course (MOOC) non-profit edX this week, bringing attention to institutions’ concerns about how MOOCs could impact higher education.
As Kaplan’s new TechStars-powered ed tech accelerator recruits its first class, Don Burton, the program’s new managing director, talks about the developing industry and opportunities ahead.
Echo360, a education technology company supported by the Revolution Growth Fund, has acquired social learning startup ThinkBinder.
Launched at Stanford University, NovoEd wants to build on the massive open online course (MOOC) phenomenon with a startup that puts collaboration at the center of the online learning experience.
Online learning site Udemy is launching a corporate training option that enables companies to create private online learning sites for their employees.
Tynker offers a drag-and-drop approach to coding, in which kids build projects by connecting colorful, digital blocks in a Lego-like way.
The Gates Foundation and Facebook pick the winners of their HackEd 2.0 hackathon.
Despite its initial efforts at building its own open-source online learning platform, Stanford said it will fold that platform into the edX platform launched by Harvard and MIT.
San Francisco-based online learning startup Udemy has launched a new mobile app to help students enroll in and take courses from their phones.
Padlet, a startup enrolled in both Y Combinator and ed tech accelerator Imagine K-12, wants to make it as easy as possible for anyone to post content — individually or collaboratively — on the web.
TechStars-backed EverTrue has raised $5.25 million to help colleges and prep schools build alumni networking mobile apps.
In the past year, startups bringing online education to mass audiences have gained a lot of attention. But several startups are finding success with an opposite approach — instructing online students one at a time.
Professors pioneering the new massive open online courses have mostly positive things to say about the “MOOCs” but most don’t believe their schools should award credit, says a survey from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Benchprep, a digital learning startup based in Chicago, is rolling out video-based software training courses targeting college and high school students, not adults looking for professional development.
Noodle, a company backed by Princeton Review founder John Katzman, has snapped up Lore, a small New York startup that provides a learning management system.
Unbound Concepts, a startup launched in Washington, DC, is applying machine learning and natural language processing to help teachers identify the most appropriate books for their students.
Moving closer toward its vision of being an open-sourced learning platform, edX on Thursday released its XBlock SDK, the underlying architecture supporting edX course content.
A new bill proposed by a state senator in California would create a new system that would allow public universities across the state to accept college credit for online courses.
CreativeLIVE, a Seattle-based provider of online skill-focused classes, has raised a small amount of funding from big name Hollywood agencies Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor, as well as Google Ventures and the Crunchfund.
At the SXSWedu ed tech conference this week, I got an earful on plenty of new technologies aiming to remake education. But here are a few themes I still hope to hear more about.
Given advancements in computing, the growing penetration of technology and the rise of cloud storage, Bill Gates said now is a “special time” in education technology. But despite climbing investments, the sector still needs more.
Even if providers of massive open online courses don’t intend to provide degrees or degree equivalents, that doesn’t mean degrees fully powered by informal sources aren’t on the horizon.
Amplify, the education division at News Corp., on Wednesday will reveal its new education tablet that comes optimized for the K-12 classroom and fully loaded with learning and instructional tools.
Edmodo, a San Mateo-based startup that provides a social network for teachers and students, has purchased education app maker Root-1.
Amid parent concern over new efforts to harness student data, an education technologist talks about how public discussion over health data could positively influence current debates over the use of student data.
Digital portfolio startup Pathbrite, which lets students store and display their academic achievements, has raised an additional $4 million from testing giant ACT, Rethink Education and other angels.
SXSWedu, an annual conference on all things ed tech, kicks off Monday. From the growing role of data to debates on online education to DIY approaches to education, here’s a look at what’s ahead.
Web annotation startup Scrible launches student edition with academic features for online research and digital reading assignments.
Thinkful, an online education startup co-founded by a Thiel Fellow, has raised $1 million from a group of investors including Peter Thiel’s FF Angel, RRE Ventures and Quotidian Ventures.
Barely two weeks on the job, Damon Sicore, ed tech startup Edmodo’s new VP of engineering, talks about the company’s technological priorities and challenges and how he plans to create an engineering culture.
Online learning startup Coursera said that it has added 29 new school partners, about half of which are international. With the new partners, Coursera will now offer courses in French, Spanish, Chinese, and Italian.
edX, the online course provider launched by Harvard and MIT, has added six new schools to its X University Consortium, including its first international partners.
This week, Kaplan and Pearson both announced their own accelerators for ed tech startups. Their announcements comes on the heels of launches by two other ed tech accelerators.
Facing a lawsuit from publishers Pearson, Cengage and Macmillan Higher Education, open textbook startup Boundless has requested a trial by jury after judge denied its motion to dismiss.
Washington, D.C.-based Quad Learning has raised $11 million to provide an online platform and program intended to help community college students more successfully transfer to four-year colleges to complete a bachelor’s degree.
Online learning site lynda.com has purchased video2brain, an Austria-based company that provides online courses in web design, programming and other computer skills in multiple European languages.
Digital textbook startup Kno has released Advance, a new platform that it says can help publishers turn flat files into interactive ebooks “in minutes.”
In a Twitter chat Thursday, educators and technologists debated how emerging technologies and new models for education could help students better prepare for college and careers. Here’s a look at the conversation.
After a year of building up its network and creating its curriculum, ed tech accelerator Socratic Labs this week debuted its first cohort of startups.
Laurence ‘Lo’ Toney has been named the new CEO of LearnStreet, a learn-to-code startup supported by Khosla Ventures. Previously, Toney was a general manager at Zynga, overseeing Poker and mobile publishing.
The American Council on Education says that it has approved a handful of Coursera courses for credit equivalency, meaning those classes could count toward a degree.
Supported with $100 million from the Gates Foundation, Carnegie Corporation and others, InBloom launches out of the Shared Learning Collaborative to help educators aggregate education data to personalize student learning.
Over the weekend, online education startup Coursera suspended a class on how to run an online class after complaints from students.
For the past few years, Palo Alto-based ImagineK12 has run a startup accelerator exclusively for education technology entrepreneurs. But Socratic Labs and LearnLaunchX are bringing similar models east.
Lumosity, a San Francisco company that has raised more than $70 million to create brain fitness games, says it now reaches 35 million members around the world.
To improve K-12 education, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates believes schools need better ways to measure and improve teacher progress. A few startups are beginning to make inroads on that front.
A report out Wednesday from M&A database CB Insights gives a breakdown of the 2,277 tech acquisitions it tracked last year, but the company did a deeper dive into education to give a snapshot of activity.
Google Ventures-backed MindSumo, a marketplace that helps companies recruit college students and generate new ideas through real-world competitions, has launched in public beta with clients including Facebook, Chegg and Microsoft.
Canadian ed tech company Desire2Learn has acquired Degree Compass, a course recommendation engine developed at Austin Peay State University with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
A group of educators, including online course startup Udacity, today released a “Bill of Rights” meant to protect the interests of students in online education.
As companies in education technology, as well as health care and clean tech, pursue both market- and mission-driven agendas, B Lab co-founder Andrew Kassoy argues that it’s important to remember that these industries are “cloaked in nobility.”
New York-based Schoology is challenging Student Information Systems to create APIs to streamline the open exchange of data in education.
According to venture capital database, CB Insights, education technology companies raised a total of $1.1 billion in 2012, with about one-third of the funding going to about ten companies.
After an $8 million Series A round in July, Toronto-based education startup Top Hat Monocle said it has accepted $1.1 million in funding from Felicis Ventures.
As new online learning startups have attracted media attention and investor dollars, lynda.com, a veteran of the industry has remained relatively quiet. But on Tuesday the company said it raised $103 million in its first venture round since launching in 1995.
To help its students learn by doing, Codecademy is partnering with several popular websites and services for a new track of lessons on building with APIs. Supplied by the companies, the lessons teach students how to build apps around YouTube videos, NPR newscasts and more.
Online education startup Coursera has announced that it will charge students $30 to $100 for “verified certificates” that authenticate students’ identity and provide a more valuable credential. At launch, the program includes four universities out of the company’s nearly three dozen partners.
At the Consumer Electronics Show on Tuesday, McGraw-Hill Education unveiled its SmartBook, an adaptive e-book that tailors the reading experience to each students’ pace and mastery level. It guides students through the material, frequently assessing their retention, and highlights content on which they should focus.
StudyBlue, a Madison, Wisc.-based education technology startup, on Friday announced that it has raised $9 million in funding from Great Oaks Venture Capital, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and other investors.
Craftsy’s bread and butter may be classes on quilting and sewing, but its success among students who tend to be less tech-savvy could be interesting to all kinds of online learning startups.
On the heels of a new set of project-based courses, New York-based Codecademy on Monday launched CodeCards, a program that enables anyone to create and share their own online holiday cards.
Udemy, a San Francisco-based online learning startup, on Friday announced that it had raised $12 million in Series B funding in a round led by Insight Venture Partners. In the past year, the company said revenue has climbed 400 percent.
With its new employer-matching service, Coursera has opened up a key revenue stream in which it receives payment from employers in exchange for information about students who may be good job candidates.
San Francisco-based online learning startup Udemy says that a quarter of its approved instructors will finish the year with more than $10,000 from sales of their self-created courses on subjects ranging from web development and entrepreneurship to yoga and photography.
Since expanding into online classes in August, peer-to-peer learning startup Skillshare reports that some top online classes are earning six times that of offline classes. With some instructors earning in the five-digits, it shows the potential for independent instructors to succeed in open learning marketplaces.
As Pearson – along with the entire textbook publishing industry – rethinks its role in education, one of the company’s executives says it could look to build the core competencies of digital content creators like video game giant Electronic Arts.
Publishing giant McGraw-Hill has announced that it will sell its education division to private equity firm Apollo Global Management for $2.5 billion. The news comes months after the publishing company said it would split its education and financial services units.
The U.S. Department of Education has announced that it will partner with online learning startup Knewton and publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for a program aimed at helping millions of at-risk youth transition to traditional schools and prepare for the workforce.
Duolingo, the language learning and crowdsourced translation platform from Recaptcha founder Luis von Ahn, launched its mobile app for the iPhone on Tuesday. The startup, which has raised more than $18 million, said it currently has about 300,000 active users on its website.
Online learning startup Coursera is working with the American Council on Education to evaluate course equivalency for its courses. The company said the process will start in early 2013 and hopes it encourages more students to ultimately pursue a college degree.
San Francisco startup Degreed is challenging the traditional college diploma with an online service that tracks and scores educational achievements from established institutions as well as new online learning platforms. Ahead of a public launch in 2013, Degreed this week began a crowd funding campaign.
Consumer tech startups may live by the “lean startup” mantra but serial education entrepreneur John Katzman said education startups might want to consider a slightly bulkier model that includes a team with deeper backgrounds in business and education.
Online learning platform Udacity, which was founded by former Stanford professor Sebastian Thrun in January, has raised another $15 million. The Series B round was led by Andreessen Horowitz and included Charles River Ventures and Steve Blank.
As part of an open online course on entrepreneurship in education, Union Square Ventures managing partner Fred Wilson talks about the role of venture capital, potential business models in ed tech and a few areas that are most ripe for innovation.
Clever, a Y Combinator-backed education data startup, is announcing Monday that it has raised $3 million in seed funding from a big group of investors, including top Silicon Valley venture capitalists and education technology leaders.
This week, online education startup Coursera said that it would no longer be able to offer courses to residents of Minnesota because of a decades-old policy. Now, it’s raising questions among the states’s local tech community.
With the launch of Whispercast, a new service for purchasing and managing content across a fleet of devices, Amazon is ramping up its competition against Apple in the education market.
Universities are in a great position to deliver a mobile platform to their students, but too many are doing it all wrong (if they’re doing anything at all). Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of education technology company Rafter, looks at the roadblocks and the advantages to embracing mobile technology on campus.
Online education startup Coursera has added 17 more university partners — including schools in Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and Israel — bringing its total number of academic partners to 33.
Ed tech may be booming in the U.S., but a survey from Dell suggests that Chinese students use technology more comprehensively than Americans. It also found that Chinese parents, teachers and students were more receptive to social media in the classroom.
Gamified classroom management platform ClassDojo is rolling out its first mobile app. Through the iOS app teachers will be able to give students feedback in real-time from their smartphones and tablets. The company said an Android app will follow shortly.
With nearly 10 million members, Edmodo is on Wednesday rolling out an updated version, with an improved user interface and richer functionality. The changes reflect feedback from teachers, which is critical for the site given educators’ role in driving adoption — and, ultimately, revenue.
After more than a decade of going it alone, Canadian online learning company Desire2Learn is accepting its first round of venture funding – $80 million from New Enterprise Associates and the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s biggest pension funds.
Earlier this year, social learning company Grockit launched Learnist as a Pinterest-like platform for education. The company is on Thursday rolling out iPhone and iPad apps for the new platform. Through the apps, users can both create and consume content.
After a report last week about plagiarism incidences on Coursera, which offers free online courses, the startup has added honor code reminders to help keep students honest. The startup recently announced that it has enrolled more than one million students from around the world.
Y Combinator ed tech startup Clever, which helps education-focused developers more easily integrate with school data, has reached 1,000 schools barely three months after launching. The company is part of the startup accelerator’s most recent class of companies.
Since launching less than a year ago, LearnSprout, an API platform for education, has helped 150 schools and 15 developers bring new software into the classroom. With a suite of new products, it plans to do even more to open and clean up student data.
ClassDojo, a San Francisco-based startup that helps teachers manage student behavior with game mechanics, is launching out of beta with $1.6 million from some of Silicon Valley’s top investors. To date, the company says 3.5 million teachers and students globally are using its service.
Launched by the executives behind Flip video camera, Knowmia offers a video lesson platform for teachers and students. The startup, which is part of startup accelerator Y Combinator’s latest class, works with teachers to review and curate videos.
Kno, a digital textbook startup that has previously focused on the college market, is partnering with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring its interactive textbooks to K-12 students. The textbooks can be rented for $9.99 a year and are available on a range of devices.
The use of “clickers,” which let students respond to professors during class, is gaining adoption in college classrooms nationwide. But Top Hat Monocle, which Wednesday announced $8 million in new funds, aims to replace those devices with software that runs on any student device.
Chicago-based education technology startup BenchPrep today announced that it has raised $6 million to bring personalized and interactive test prep materials to students via the Web and mobile.