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Course Hero acquires Cardinal Scholars from InstaEDU

After pivoting into an online tutoring service, InstaEDU sold its offline branch Cardinal Scholars to another startup in the education space, Course Hero. This way InstaEDU will be able to entirely focus on the growth of its online services whereas Course Hero can integrate a trusted and apparently working business into its offerings.

via TechCrunch

Wallstreet Institute launches Facebook Game

Pearson owned Wallstreet Institute launched AppGrade, a Facebook game that aims to teach English through adapted articles of the Financial Times. The game is part of WSIs product suite ForToday which includes learning material based on Financial Times articles, classes that are based on these articles and a free access to FT.com.

via PRNewswire

UK plans free access to scientific research by 2014

The government plans to give free access to publicly funded research via the Internet. This access will be granted to universities, companies and individuals no matter where they are located. Though academics are open to this new model, they are concerned that no money will be given to finance the transition. The cost is estimated at £50m per year which need to come out of the existing science budget, eventually leading to less research and hence less valuable papers.

via The Guardian

Coursera raises $6m and adds new universities

The new funding round brings the total raised to $22m. Among the new universities is the first non-US partners with the University of Edinburgh, University of Toronto and Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne. In an interview with GigaOm Andrew Ng gave some hints on how the startup is planning to monetize its platform. According to the article possible revenue could be earned by matching students with potential employers or charging students for certificates from partner universities.

via GigaOm

German Papagei.TV enters the language learning space

A new startup in the edutainment sector enters the market with a undisclosed “two-digit” million funding by Carsten Maschmeyer, one of Germany’s richest people. From the start Papagei.TV is offering desktop, tablet and mobile learning solutions based on movie and entertainment clips from Warner Bros., Reuters and the BBC. The platform is also the official language learning tool of Germany’s Olympic team.
Similar to startups like English Attack! or English Central, learners watch movie clips or other videos and then interact with the content by taking quizzes, checking pronunciation etc.

via GigaOm

President Obama proposes $1b for elite STEM teacher corps

The program plans to reward high performing teachers in math and science with salary stipends and is part of a long term plan to encourage education in high-demand areas.
Teachers who take part in the Master Teacher Corps will earn an extra $20k per year but must also agree to participate for multiple years. The hope is that those master teachers will eventually share their skills with other teachers around them, raising the overall quality education in the schools.

via AP

Edmodo raises another $25m

The new round brings the total funding to $47.5m and the funding will be used to enhance Edmodo’s products and to support its users. In the past year Edmodo’s userbase more than doubled from 3 to 8 million users and the platform is now being used in 85 of the 100 top US school districts.

via GigaOm

WizIQ launches iPad App

WizIQ announced last week the launch of its iPad app for its virtual classroom. The app enables students to attend live classes and asynchronous content like presentations and videos from their iPad. An Android application will follow, soon.

via WizIQ

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ENT Hedlines Wednesday July 4th 2012 (Audio)

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Wednesday July 4th 2012

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Pearson launches £10m fund directed at affordable education for poor children

The fund will invest in private schools in Africa and Asia to provide affordable education for poor children. The first investment is a stake in Omega schools, a privately held chain of affordable, for-profit schools based in Ghana.

“Low-cost private education is an important, complementary element of education in developing countries and should be seen as an active partner, with governments looking to ensure all children have access to a high-quality education.” says Sir Michael Barber, Pearson’s chief education adviser and chairman of the new fund.

NGOs question the approach as school attendance has been driven by the abolition of fees.

TextMaster launches API for content creator platform

TextMaster, a content creator platform which helps to crowdsource copywriting, translation or proofreading launched and API. The startup wants to attract developers that create integration with blogging platforms, email clients etc. TextMaster is also going to release an iPhone ‘dictaphone’ app that will offer transcription of audio files “within minutes”.

New features on YouTube

In its ongoing quest of making the content on the video platform more professional YouTube launched some interesting new features for video creators.

  • a new version of the YouTube Android app
  • bulk annotations
  • new features in the video editor
  • a new dashboard
  • customizable thumbnails for all partners in good standing
  • fixed scheduled publishing
  • TrueView – a new family of video ads
  • a “play button” award
  • sound stages and studios in Los Angeles, London and Tokyo

Sources

  • Pearson to invest in low-cost private education in Africa and Asia [The Guardian]
  • TextMaster Rolls Out API For Its Copywriting, Translation And Proofreading Platform [TechCrunch]
  • Youtubers React to New Site Features: Bulk Annotations, Editing Software, Sound Stages [ReadWriteWeb]
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ENT Hedlines Tuesday July 3rd 2012 (Audio)

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Language Learning community busuu surpasses 10 million app downloads, opens office in London

busuu, an online language learning community and mobile app maker announced today that their apps have been downloaded more than 10 million times with currently 20,000 downloads per day. And if you take a look at the Twitter stream of the company and its co-founder Bernhard Niesner it seems as if busuu is growing its office staff in London. I think I see a Series A funding round around the corner.

BenchPrep raises $6 million

BenchPrep, a startup that builds an interactive and cross platform learning hub raised $6 million from New Enterprise Associates with participation from Revolution Ventures. This round of funding brings its total to $8.2 million.
BenchPrep partners with more than 20 publishers, including McGraw Hill, Princeton Review, Wiley, Cengage Learning and O’Reilly, licenses their material and mixes and matches the best content for each particular discipline.

Teachers, leave them Kids alone – in Delaware

The senate in Delaware is planning to ban schools from monitoring the social media accounts of their students. Some colleges and universities in the state have required students to download social media monitoring software on their personal electronic devices or accounts as a condition of their scholarships or participation in athletics. As a final step the bill just needs the signature of the governor to become a law.

Sources

  1. busuu.com apps reach 10 million downloads! [busuu]
  2. BenchPrep Grabs $6M From NEA, Revolution For Cross-Platform, Interactive Courses [TechCrunch]
  3. Delaware Schools to Be Barred from Students’ Social Media Lives [WSJ]
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ENT Hedlines Monday July 2nd 2012 (Audio)

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Thursday Monday July 2nd 2012

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  1. Simon & Schuster is adding QR codes to all its print books. Will readers bite? [paidContent]
  2. Stanford’s Most Popular Major Is Now Computer Science [Mashable]
  3. Transcribe and translate tool could help foreign students follow lectures [University World News]
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ENT Hedlines June 29th 2012 (Audio)

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Thursday June 29th 2012

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  1. Udemy redesigns to improve student experience, content discovery [GigaOm]
  2. Crowdfunding Startup GoFundMe, Which Is Like KickStarter For The Rest Of Us, Is Pulling In $2 Million A Month [TechCrunch]
  3. Can you learn to cook online? The Escoffier School thinks so [GigaOm]
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