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ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

“Everyone’s worried about people having to learn how to code,” notes Eileen Murphy. But “there’s an even more basic level of literacy that people need to pick up,” notes the former English teacher and administrator. “Like how to write an email.”

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Edtech CEOs Seek to Change the ‘Adversarial Narrative’ With Public School Teachers

There are not too many education conferences that flip the script and let CEOs grill investors with questions. However, BMO Capital Markets’ 17th Annual Back to School Conference is the kind of event your boss’s boss attends. From bigwig financiers to bankers, along with heads of private and publicly-traded education technology companies, the gathering attracted around 900 attendees last week to share the opportunities and challenges in the industry this year.

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As Bootcamps Look for Novel Ways for Students to Pay For Their Studies, Many Try ‘Deferred Tuition’

Coding bootcamp App Academy was an early adopter of the student-financing option known as an income share agreement, or ISA. But after nearly five years using the model—where a student doesn’t pay tuition up front, but owes their school or lender some percentage of their income for a set period of time after landing a job—the school had to alter its plan.

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MissionU Welcomes Its First Class and an $8.5M Series A Round

Just a week after welcoming its first cohort of 30 students to class, startup university MissionU is opening its doors to a few other guests: education-minded investors. The company announced it has raised $8.5 million in a Series A round led by FirstMark Capital. Existing investors First Round Capital, University Ventures, Box Group, Rethink Education and Learn Capital also participated, along with new investors John Doerr and Omidyar Network.

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Carnegie Learning Bets Big on Coding With Acquisition of Globaloria

It’s a pairing as natural as letters and numbers, math and coding, the founders of Carnegie Learning and Globaloria would say.Today, Carnegie Learning announced that it has acquired Globaloria, a New York-based provider of computer science curriculum and professional development for K-12 schools and districts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

How ‘Gameheads’ Bring Joy to Tackling Tech’s Serious Diversity Problem

Kai Drayton-Yee says she didn’t play too many video games when she was a kid, and focused more on “STEM and engineering and math.”

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?Kahoot Pulls Back the Curtains for Studio, a Library of Ready-Made Learning Games

A hallmark of Kahoot’s learning games platform has been the ability for teachers to create quizzes and games for students to use during class. But “the biggest challenge we see with teachers is time,” Erik Harrell, its CEO, tells EdSurge. For even the biggest Kahoot fans, the time needed to put together unique quizzes can be restrictive. So the company set out to make Kahoot Studio, a curated library of ready-to-play kahoot games for K-12 educators and their students.

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Remind’s Race to Conquer the K-12 Communications Market—and Beyond

The bigger the check, the grander the expectations. That’s the pressure put on any venture-backed startup—and especially so for Remind, which has raised $59.5 million from investors including Kleiner Perkins and Social Capital, two of Silicon Valley’s toniest firms.
Since its launch in 2011, the company’s communication app has amassed more than 20 million users—none of whom had to pay a dime. It’s relied on that explosive growth to sidestep questions about its business model. But that’s no longer the case.

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What’s It Like Tutoring for VIPKID, the Chinese Company That Just Raised $200 Million?

Several teachers are putting away their mojitos and sunglasses as they get ready the new school year. Yet, for Shannon Mabry, the trip to her classroom isn’t far. In fact, it's right next to her bed.

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Meet the 5 Education Technology Startups From Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 Class

Investor pitch events are a dime a dozen, but no one does it with the flair and furor of Y Combinator. Now in its 25th Demo Day, the Silicon Valley accelerator has created a machine for turning fledgling ideas into businesses that get investors salivating—and writing checks. Since 2005, Y Combinator has funded 1,430 companies and nearly 3,500 founders. Its graduates have gone on to raise more than $13 billion in total.

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