4.0 Schools

Overview: The 9 EdTech Startups in 4.0 Schools’ 9th Cohort

4.0 Schools, a non-profit incubator program with locations in New Orleans and New York City announced its 9th cohort.

In this post we take a look at the edtech startups that form this year’s 4.0 Launch Summer Class. The teams have been selected from a total of 126 applications in the focus areas edtech and the future of school.

The participants in this cohort represent bigger underlying trends including creation and personalization, professional development and skills.

In alphabetical order the nine edtech startups startups are


aecern june 2014Aecern is a mobile learning startup that aims to blend technology and exploration in order to create exciting learning experiences in the classroom and beyond.

The app challenges learners to develop so called higher-order-thinking-skills by connecting the dots between everyday events and experiences and thus taking learning beyond the traditional curriculum. By encouraging students to share their learning experiences Aecern adds a social layer on top.

According to the startup teachers and students in grades K to grade 12 have used the technology in a variety of scenarios ranging from a classroom setting over field trips to distance learning. The app is available for both Android and iOS.



aecern.com | Twitter | Facebook


BrightLoopBoston-based startup BrightLoop created a web based app that empowers teachers to personalize the learning experience of each individual student in their class by helping them to capture and collect student performance data, review individual student goals, notes and to create report cards and also facilitate lesson planning.

BrightLoop’s app is accessible from any tablet device or computer.



brightlooplearning.com | Twitter | Facebook


MARVFounded in 2010 MARV’s daylong workshops assist future college students in picking the right college and finding the right courses for them based on each student’s individual educational journey.

The course is structured into four units and participants will learn about the steps of how to pick the right college, how to write the college essay, learn about their personal strengths and decide on the courses most appropriate for them. A one day workshop with MARV costs $150.


findmarv.com | Twitter | Facebook


Noble Minds founded by Dr. Vera Triplett takes the approach of whole child learning and will launch its institute in the fall of 2015 focusing on delivering Academic and Therapeutic services for students who have a documented behavioral/emotional disability or for families who simply want a more nurturing and therapeutic environment for their student.



Parents as Partners

According to 4.0 Parents as Partners is creating literacy at-home instruction for parents of low-income students using annotated book guides delivered through schools.



Root (ed)

4.0 describes Root(ed) as a personalized learning experience grounded in responsiveness to community problems for middle school students, utilizing a culturally-relevant, entrepreneurial education curriculum.

Its founder Jonathan Johnson is also among six teachers nationwide who have been named finalists for the 2014 Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice.



[operation] SPARK

Operation SPARK is a pilot project being developed and conducted at youth community centers around New Orleans to teach young adults how to build simple mobile video games and apps with the aim of igniting the pursuit of an employable passion.

Students will learn about application design, game mechanics and user experience, visual and sound design, computer engineering of various sorts, project, product and cost management, content management and public relations of all kinds as well as effective means of communication and conflict resolution.


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VersedUVersedU wants to tackle alleged disengagement and apathy in Higher Education by bridging the gap between classroom learning and real world experiences. The team develops a tailored curriculum for each student and then assigns them a mentor.

VersedU currently offers three of its classes for credit priced at $349.67 per credit hour for regular classes which brings a full semester’s tuition with 15 credits to $5,245. Besides, there are options for so called sponsored classes which come at a price of $899/class.

VersedU states that the average tuition and fees at private institutions was at $30,094, $8,893 for in-state students, and $22,203 for out-of-state students at public institutions in the 2013-2014 academic year.

For a free two-week trial of VersedU you can sign up for the “Online Journalism” beta.


versedu.co | Twitter


VidCodeWinners of Startup Weekend NYC a couple of weeks ago, VidCode aims at a young audience, specifically girls, and wants to spark their interest for programming by allowing them to transform videos into art using specific filters.

The objective is to encourage teens to start and code these filters themselves instead of only using them.


vidcode.io | Twitter

Kirsten Winkler is the founder and editor of EDUKWEST. She also writes about Social Media, Digital Society and Startups at KirstenWinkler.com.