Edtech Business

Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments

We’re pleased to share this year’s Edtech Outlook, a data-rich dive into the state of education technology with case studies into emerging-frontier innovations.

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Learning Games Startup, Motion Math Moves to a New Home: Curriculum Associates

In its 48-year history, Curriculum Associates has acquired only one company. That count will now double, thanks to the addition of a small team that has navigated the twists and turns in the educational gaming market over the past seven years.The North Billerica, Mass.-based developer of instructional and assessment materials has acquired San Francisco startup Motion Math, which offers a suite of nine educational games focused on math and problem-solving.

Panorama Education Raises $16M to Connect Emotional, Academic Wellbeing With Data

Panorama Education’s first product was a survey tool that let students speak up about their learning environment. Kids could let teachers and administrators know how they really felt about things like safety and school climate.

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Coding and Maker Nonprofits Merge, Expanding Influence in the Computer Science Space

Today Code/Interactive, a New York City-based nonprofit known for their work training coders and teacher professional development, announced its merger with another New York City nonprofit, Mouse, a youth technology and engineering organization, popular for its middle school makerspaces.

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Hero K12 Mints Its First Acquisition: School Enrollment Startup, SchoolMint

Private equity firms can be ruthlessly quick and efficient in their quest to maximize profitability. So it’s no surprise that Hero K12, which recently received $150 million from BV Investment Partners with explicit marching orders to buy assets, has started splurging.

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’

If Blade Runner had a classroom scene, it might look something like the promotional video by BrainCo, Inc. Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. The video’s narrator explains: “School administrators can use big data analysis to determine when students are better able to concentrate.”

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Owl Ventures’ New $185M Edtech Fund Has Global Backers—and Ambitions

Fueled by an explosion of broadband access, education software and, of course, the irresistible allure of financial returns, investors across the world want a slice of the U.S. edtech industry.Those are a few of the favorable trends that Tory Patterson, a co-founder and managing partner at Owl Ventures, believes has helped his team close a $185 million education investment fund in a “reasonably quick” amount of time.

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What Bill Gates Learned About U.S. Education in 17 Years—and Why He’s Investing $1.7B More

Bill and Melinda Gates have poured billions of dollars into efforts to shape U.S. K-12 education over the past 17 years. So what’s $1.7 billion more? In his keynote address at the Council of the Great City Schools conference in Cleveland this week, the Microsoft co-founder reflected on some lessons learned about education reform, along with plans to “invest close to $1.7 billion in U.S. public education over the next five years.”

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Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs

Data’s influence on modern education is immense; it drives policies, impacts funding—it even affects decisions about which tools and services edtech companies create for educators. And when it comes to helping edtech entrepreneurs understand those educators, Amy Rambo believes she has just the data that can help.

Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator

Humanity’s future may well be in Africa, where 60 percent of the population are under the age of 25. Yet their prospects are perilous. In 2012, 30 million primary-age children (or 1 out of 5) in sub-Saharan Africa did not attend any school.

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