Connecting classrooms across the globe via the Internet has become the new pen pal program, and initiatives like Skype in the Classroom and its instant translation feature are certainly leading the way in developed countries. But what about schools in areas that don’t have access to reliable Internet or even electricity?
Don Burton, former Managing Director of the Kaplan/Techstars EdTech Accelerator, and Jonathan D. Harber, co-founder and CEO of Schoolnet, teamed up to launch a new edtech accelerator program in New York.
The Internet increasingly establishes the need for instant gratification. Information that used to take time to source and process is now available 24/7 and this basically anywhere we have connectivity. This new mindset also affects how we want to learn new skills like languages, coding, cooking, you name it.
Startups like Coursmos tackle this need by drastically reducing the time to learn new things by boiling content down to its essentials and presenting it in bite-sized learning units.
Global education marketplace Udemy announced the launch of its Teacher Tech Initiative at the fifth annual White House Science Fair. Through the initiative K-12 teachers in the United States get access to free and heavily discounted computer technology courses on the platform.
On episode 013 of Meet Education Project, 4.0 Schools founder Matt Candler joins the program to talk about developing new school models, school choice, the importance of people over experience, and the passion for moving education forward in New Orleans and around the world. Don’t miss it!
Pew Research Center asked more than 36,000 people across 32 emerging and developing countries worldwide on the positive effects as well as the drawbacks the Internet has had on different aspects of life, including education, personal relationships, politics and the economy.
Learnteria aims to reduce wasteful edtech spending in the PreK-12 space by launching a Yelp-like review platform for educators and parents.
At launch Learnteria enlists 300,000 products and services from over 1000 vendors. Educators and parents are invited to not only rate but also suggest edtech products they use and recommend.
FiftyThree, the startup behind the popular iPad drawing app Paper, announced a $30 million Series B led by NEA with participation of existing investors.
Tutoring is an important part of college life, may it be on the receiving end as a student who needs some extra help, or at the providing end to earn some extra income. Technology has added new possibilities to the vertical as students can now connect via the Internet without the need of fixing times and places to meet.
Vancouver-based HelpHub connects learners and tutors for quick, on-demand or recurring weekly tutoring sessions on the web or on mobile devices.