Edtech Business

?Another Major Coding Bootcamp, Iron Yard, Announces Closure

The Iron Yard, a Greenville, S.C.-based coding bootcamp, is closing up shop. The school wrote in a blog post today that it will be ceasing operations at all of its 15 campuses around the U.S. after its current 12-week session finishes.“In considering the current environment, the board of The Iron Yard has made the difficult decision to cease operations at all campuses after teaching out remaining summer cohorts. We will finish out summer classes completely, including career support,” the announcement reads.

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Kahoot Gets $10 Million—and a Spot in the Disney Accelerator

Most students associate Kahoot with its addictive, funky theme song. Today the Norwegian company is groovin’ to a different tune: ka’ching!

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Amazon Inspire Goes Live (But Without Controversial Share Feature)

After more than a year of invitation-only private beta, Amazon just opened its free library of open-education resources, called Amazon Inspire.
Well, it’s more accurate to say the site is partially open. Amazon Inspire is still missing its most controversial feature—the ability for any teacher to share lesson plans, worksheets, and other materials with colleagues.

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?Dev Bootcamp Community Reacts to Closure Decision

John-Michael Murphy had just finished up a long day of assessments on Wednesday evening when he received an email with some unexpected news. His school, Dev Bootcamp, wrote that it would be shutting down about three months after his graduation this summer.

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Unable to ‘Reach a Sustainable Business Model,’ Dev Bootcamp Will Shut Down in December

Dev Bootcamp, a pioneer in the coding school industry that was among the first to offer short-term, intensive programs to help learners acquire web development and programming skills, announced it will be shutting its doors on December 8.
In an email, the company stated that “we’ve determined that we simply cannot reach a sustainable business model without compromising our mission of delivering a high-quality coding education that remains accessible to a diverse population of students.”

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Abl Raises $7.5M Series A to Help Schools Solve Befuddling Scheduling Problems

To borrow from the poet Robert Burns, the best-laid plans of teachers and principals often go awry and unfinished—especially when it comes to a school’s master schedule. Just ask Lee Fleming, a principal at Bonsall High School in San Diego.“The master schedule is an never-ending job,” she tells EdSurge. “It is the vehicle for delivering equity—and inequity, when done poorly.”

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From Mexico to China: Why the World is Interested in the United States Edtech Market

In the past, experts have made big projections for the global edtech market, with some groups estimating as much as $252 billion pouring into the market by 2020. The United States is expected to lead the charge, followed by countries in Asia and Europe, so it may come as no surprise that people interested in edtech are traveling from all over the world to learn from, sell to and acquire U.S. companies.

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?The Cost of Cutting in Line: Students Can Now Buy Their Way to a Job Interview

How much would you pay to score a job interview? $10? $950? In desperate times, that's apparently the price range in the market for these services, which involve commodifying age-old job seeking practices: networking and mentoring.

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The Power of Nonprofit Acquisitions: Curriculet Rises from the Dead

Perhaps some edtech companies can get a second life.

What Happened to Amazon Inspire, the Tech Giant’s Education Marketplace?

Last summer the world’s largest online retailer launched Amazon Inspire, touting it as a hub for educators to exchange lesson plans and other Open Education Resources. But a year later, the site remains in limited, invitation-only beta. Some wonder when it will be open to the wider education community (and what the company’s broader education strategy is).

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