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Today’s Campus Innovation Interview #6 – Chip Paucek of 2U

Chip Paucek 2UIn this episode of the Today’s Campus Innovation Interview Series I talk with Chip Paucek, co-founder and CEO of 2U.

Many of you may know 2U under its previous name 2tor and the name change and the reasoning behind it is also the first topic Chip and I cover in our talk.

The second topic of this interview is around the announcement of Semester Online, a joint venture between 2U and a consortium of top US universities that aims to bring rigorous undergraduate for credit courses online.

In the “year of the MOOC” this is quite the opposite approach as Semester Online classes will be rather small and cost as much as the ones on campus. But Chip believes that there is room for both

“Our company believes in principle that if the degree program or the individual course is as high quality as the campus experience you should be able to charge the same price.”

In the third part of the interview Chip announces the latest partner of 2U. American University’s School of International Service launches an online Master of Arts in International Relations Graduate program today.

International Relations Online is designed for students who would like to begin an international relations career as well as those already working in the field—from anywhere in the United States and around the world. And there are more partnerships, including international ones coming in the next 24 months.

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EDUKWEST #92 with Tomea Mersmann of Washington University School of Law (Audio)

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EDUKWEST Episode #92

  • published: May 10th 2012
  • Guest: Tomea Mersmann, Associate Dean Washington University School of Law
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EDUKWEST #92 with Tomea Mersmann of Washington University School of Law

EDUKWEST #92 Tomea Mersmann Washington University School of LawThis week I had the pleasure to do an interview with Tomea Mersmann for EDUKWEST. She is an Associate Dean at the Washington University Law Faculty and one of the two Directors for their new, completely online LLM program for foreign lawyers. The program has been announced recently in a partnership with 2tor and is branded as @WashULaw.

As I am so immersed in the startup side of things, it was particularly interesting for me to get the Higher Education perspective on online learning / programs from someone who has spent her entire career at university.

Therefore my questions center around the initial motivation to decide and do a LLM program completely online, the benefits the faculties sees in doing so also not neglecting the challenges they and their partner for this program, 2tor, are faced with.

It is nice to see all the numerous and exciting initiatives that are taking off right now when Higher Ed or Academia itself are still frequently described as being somewhat backward oriented and inflexible.

If you’re also interested in learning more about what 2tor does, there are two interviews I did with Jeremy Johnson, 2tor’s CMO and Chip Paucek, 2tor’s CEO in the past months. Both talks focus on the company’s mission to change Higher Education in general as well as on of the specific programs in particular.

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Near Sighted and on a Drip – ENT #10 05-09-2012 (Audio)

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Near Sighted and on a Drip

  • recorded: May 9th 2012
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VGo Is A Robot That Goes To School Or Work For You

Running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, VGo is already being used in a variety of situations -– including schools. Students who can’t attend school due to an illness of handicap can instead virtually attend classes via VGo.

Unlike other telepresence system where the camera is stationary, VGo is a robot on wheels allowing a student to adjust where the camera is pointed, talk to their teacher and classmates, and even hit the road for their next class. Since VGo is connected over LTE, it can maintain connectivity throughout an entire school building, without requiring the school to offer Wi-Fi throughout the every building and every classroom.

Source: Mashable


Washington University School of Law Goes Online with LL.M. in U.S. Law

Washington University School of Law announced it will begin offering its Master of Laws in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M.) in online format. Called @WashULaw, the program is the first and only top-tier online LL.M. in U.S. law. It builds on the school’s internationally recognized postgraduate law degree program, which is designed for foreign attorneys interested in increasing their knowledge of U.S. law to more effectively practice in today’s global legal environment.

@WashULaw will allow foreign lawyers to complete an LL.M. degree in U.S. law without leaving their law practices or relocating to the United States. Students will receive an excellent grounding in U.S. Law, with a focus on business issues, without dramatic disruption to their professional and personal lives or the relocation costs associated with a prolonged stay overseas.

Source: 2tor


Principal resigns after creating fake Facebook profile to spy on students

As detailed by the Kansas City Star, high school principal Louise Losos at Clayton High School in Missouri resigned at the end of last week after it was discovered that she created a fake Facebook profile under the name Suzy Harriston. Harriston’s profile had over 300 friends and mostly targeted Clayton High School students in addition to some parents. Rather than using a profile picture of a female student, Dr. Losos used a picture of a group of penguins to avoid identification.

As more Clayton High School students and parents accepted Suzy Harriston’s friend requests, this allowed Dr. Losos to view all comments being made by these people.

Source: Digital Trends


Indiana mom sends son to school with stun gun to confront bullies

An Indiana mother who sent her gay son to school with a stun gun after administrators apparently didn’t do enough to stop the bullying against him said she would do it again — even though the teen now faces expulsion.

“I do not promote violence — not at all — but what is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do … at the school?” the mother, Chelisa Grimes, told CNN’s Don Lemon on Sunday. “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”
The school district held an expulsion hearing last week but no decision has been announced.

Source: CNN


AP surges as tool for schools raising standards

Not long ago, Advanced Placement exams were mostly for top students looking to challenge themselves and get a head start on college credit. Not anymore.

In the next two weeks, 2 million students will take 3.7 million end-of-year AP exams — figures well over double those from a decade ago. With no national curriculum, AP has become the de facto gold standard for high school rigor. States and high schools are pushing AP classes and exams as a way to raise standards across the board, in some cases tying AP to bonuses. And the federal government is helping cover the exam fees.

Teachers acknowledge the trend raises tough questions: Is pushing poorly prepared students to take college-level classes effective? Or does it just demoralize them and divert time and money better spent elsewhere?

Source: Boston.com


Getting amino acids? Student receiving IV drips during study

As the national college entrance examination is approaching, there are a bunch of students who seem to be the hardest working ones to prepare for it because they get intravenous (IV) drips while studying in class.

The dean of the middle school, Xia said that every year each student receives 10 RMB stipends for the preparation of the national college entrance examination. The stipend can be used in the clinic room in school in the means of receiving amino acids.

Source: China Hush


Amid student loan tussles, more seek “forgiveness”

As U.S. lawmakers consider how to keep interest rates on certain student loans from escalating, a growing number of students have sought help through a bipartisan 2009 initiative. In less than three years, more than 675,000 borrowers have signed up, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Educators and policymakers also are looking for new solutions to a mountain of student debt that has reached the $1 trillion mark. With a November 6 presidential election looming, both President Barack Obama and his presumed Republican challenger Mitt Romney have targeted student loans as a growing problem for American families and the struggling U.S. economy.

Source: Reuters


Under Obama administration, abstinence-only education finds surprising new foothold

Last month, for the first-time ever, Health and Human Services added an abstinence-only education curriculum to the list of 28 evidence-based pregnancy prevention programs that the Obama administration will fund.

This was something of a surprise. When it comes to preventing teen pregnancy, the Obama administration has staked out a decidedly anti-abstinence-only-education stance. The president has, in previous budgets, zeroed out funds for such programs as federal reviews have found such programs to have no impact on sexual abstinence and, in some cases, include inaccurate information on sexuality.

Source: Washington Post


Gender Gap in College Leads Women to Prioritize Work

Researchers led by University of Texas at San Antonio professor Kristina Durante examined historical data on the ratio of single men to single women in each U.S. state and Washington D.C. They also looked into the desire of hundreds of female college students to focus on career or family after they led them to believe that there were either more men or less men on campus by reading one of two news article about the student population.

As bachelors became scarce in college, the percentage of women in high-paying careers increased, women delayed having children, and had fewer kids when they finally started a family. As for the experiment, when women read that there were fewer men than women on campus, they became more motivated to pursue ambitious careers than to start a family.

Source: The Atlantic


How Tech Is Changing College Life

Presta Electronics used material from the Pew Research Center, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mashable and other sources to put together an infographic asking just how important is technology to academic lives?

More than 90% use email to communicate with professors and 73% say they cannot study without technology. Seven in 10 take notes on keyboards instead of paper, virtually all students who own an ereader read textbooks on it and most use digital tools when preparing a presentation.
All that tech has caused something of a dependency too — 38% of students can’t go more than 10 minutes without checking their smartphone or other device. All told, students spent $13 billion on electronics in 2009.

Source: Mashable


Nerd Vision: Up to 90% of Asian Schoolkids Are Nearsighted

Reporting in the journal Lancet, the authors note that up to 90% of young adults in major East Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, are nearsighted. The overall rate of myopia in the U.K., by contrast, is about 20% to 30%.

One Israeli study compared public school children with their counterparts in religious schools. Both boys and girls had roughly equal rates of myopia in public school. But the boys in religious school had much greater rates of myopia than any of their peers, said Twelker — the result of as much as 10 hours of close reading a day. Girls in the religious schools, who weren’t as burdened with what Twelker calls “near work,” experienced about the same rate of myopia as those enrolled in public school.

Source: The Atlantic


No Personal Calls on the Job? No Thanks

Even in a tough job market, 23% of recent college graduates wouldn’t take a post where they couldn’t make or take personal phone calls, and 20% would reject a place that didn’t let them check personal email, according to a new study from staffing firm Adecco Group North America.

The study, which surveyed more than 500 22- to 26-year-old graduates of four-year degree programs, also found that newly minted graduates are short on patience: Only 3% said they expect to stay at any one job for more than five years, and 33% said they would probably stay three years or less.

Source: WSJ

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VGo Is A Robot That Goes To School Or Work For You

Running on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, VGo is already being used in a variety of situations -– including schools. Students who can’t attend school due to an illness of handicap can instead virtually attend classes via VGo.

Unlike other telepresence system where the camera is stationary, VGo is a robot on wheels allowing a student to adjust where the camera is pointed, talk to their teacher and classmates, and even hit the road for their next class. Since VGo is connected over LTE, it can maintain connectivity throughout an entire school building, without requiring the school to offer Wi-Fi throughout the every building and every classroom.

Source: Mashable


Washington University School of Law Goes Online with LL.M. in U.S. Law

Washington University School of Law announced it will begin offering its Master of Laws in U.S. Law for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M.) in online format. Called @WashULaw, the program is the first and only top-tier online LL.M. in U.S. law. It builds on the school’s internationally recognized postgraduate law degree program, which is designed for foreign attorneys interested in increasing their knowledge of U.S. law to more effectively practice in today’s global legal environment.

@WashULaw will allow foreign lawyers to complete an LL.M. degree in U.S. law without leaving their law practices or relocating to the United States. Students will receive an excellent grounding in U.S. Law, with a focus on business issues, without dramatic disruption to their professional and personal lives or the relocation costs associated with a prolonged stay overseas.

Source: 2tor


Principal resigns after creating fake Facebook profile to spy on students

As detailed by the Kansas City Star, high school principal Louise Losos at Clayton High School in Missouri resigned at the end of last week after it was discovered that she created a fake Facebook profile under the name Suzy Harriston. Harriston’s profile had over 300 friends and mostly targeted Clayton High School students in addition to some parents. Rather than using a profile picture of a female student, Dr. Losos used a picture of a group of penguins to avoid identification.

As more Clayton High School students and parents accepted Suzy Harriston’s friend requests, this allowed Dr. Losos to view all comments being made by these people.

Source: Digital Trends


Indiana mom sends son to school with stun gun to confront bullies

An Indiana mother who sent her gay son to school with a stun gun after administrators apparently didn’t do enough to stop the bullying against him said she would do it again — even though the teen now faces expulsion.

“I do not promote violence — not at all — but what is a parent to do when she has done everything that she felt she was supposed to do … at the school?” the mother, Chelisa Grimes, told CNN’s Don Lemon on Sunday. “I did feel like there was nothing else left for me to do, but protect my child.”
The school district held an expulsion hearing last week but no decision has been announced.

Source: CNN


AP surges as tool for schools raising standards

Not long ago, Advanced Placement exams were mostly for top students looking to challenge themselves and get a head start on college credit. Not anymore.

In the next two weeks, 2 million students will take 3.7 million end-of-year AP exams — figures well over double those from a decade ago. With no national curriculum, AP has become the de facto gold standard for high school rigor. States and high schools are pushing AP classes and exams as a way to raise standards across the board, in some cases tying AP to bonuses. And the federal government is helping cover the exam fees.

Teachers acknowledge the trend raises tough questions: Is pushing poorly prepared students to take college-level classes effective? Or does it just demoralize them and divert time and money better spent elsewhere?

Source: Boston.com


Getting amino acids? Student receiving IV drips during study

As the national college entrance examination is approaching, there are a bunch of students who seem to be the hardest working ones to prepare for it because they get intravenous (IV) drips while studying in class.

The dean of the middle school, Xia said that every year each student receives 10 RMB stipends for the preparation of the national college entrance examination. The stipend can be used in the clinic room in school in the means of receiving amino acids.

Source: China Hush


Amid student loan tussles, more seek “forgiveness”

As U.S. lawmakers consider how to keep interest rates on certain student loans from escalating, a growing number of students have sought help through a bipartisan 2009 initiative. In less than three years, more than 675,000 borrowers have signed up, according to the U.S. Department of Education.

Educators and policymakers also are looking for new solutions to a mountain of student debt that has reached the $1 trillion mark. With a November 6 presidential election looming, both President Barack Obama and his presumed Republican challenger Mitt Romney have targeted student loans as a growing problem for American families and the struggling U.S. economy.

Source: Reuters


Under Obama administration, abstinence-only education finds surprising new foothold

Last month, for the first-time ever, Health and Human Services added an abstinence-only education curriculum to the list of 28 evidence-based pregnancy prevention programs that the Obama administration will fund.

This was something of a surprise. When it comes to preventing teen pregnancy, the Obama administration has staked out a decidedly anti-abstinence-only-education stance. The president has, in previous budgets, zeroed out funds for such programs as federal reviews have found such programs to have no impact on sexual abstinence and, in some cases, include inaccurate information on sexuality.

Source: Washington Post


Gender Gap in College Leads Women to Prioritize Work

Researchers led by University of Texas at San Antonio professor Kristina Durante examined historical data on the ratio of single men to single women in each U.S. state and Washington D.C. They also looked into the desire of hundreds of female college students to focus on career or family after they led them to believe that there were either more men or less men on campus by reading one of two news article about the student population.

As bachelors became scarce in college, the percentage of women in high-paying careers increased, women delayed having children, and had fewer kids when they finally started a family. As for the experiment, when women read that there were fewer men than women on campus, they became more motivated to pursue ambitious careers than to start a family.

Source: The Atlantic


How Tech Is Changing College Life

Presta Electronics used material from the Pew Research Center, Chronicle of Higher Education, Mashable and other sources to put together an infographic asking just how important is technology to academic lives?

More than 90% use email to communicate with professors and 73% say they cannot study without technology. Seven in 10 take notes on keyboards instead of paper, virtually all students who own an ereader read textbooks on it and most use digital tools when preparing a presentation.
All that tech has caused something of a dependency too — 38% of students can’t go more than 10 minutes without checking their smartphone or other device. All told, students spent $13 billion on electronics in 2009.

Source: Mashable


Nerd Vision: Up to 90% of Asian Schoolkids Are Nearsighted

Reporting in the journal Lancet, the authors note that up to 90% of young adults in major East Asian countries, including China, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore and South Korea, are nearsighted. The overall rate of myopia in the U.K., by contrast, is about 20% to 30%.

One Israeli study compared public school children with their counterparts in religious schools. Both boys and girls had roughly equal rates of myopia in public school. But the boys in religious school had much greater rates of myopia than any of their peers, said Twelker — the result of as much as 10 hours of close reading a day. Girls in the religious schools, who weren’t as burdened with what Twelker calls “near work,” experienced about the same rate of myopia as those enrolled in public school.

Source: The Atlantic


No Personal Calls on the Job? No Thanks

Even in a tough job market, 23% of recent college graduates wouldn’t take a post where they couldn’t make or take personal phone calls, and 20% would reject a place that didn’t let them check personal email, according to a new study from staffing firm Adecco Group North America.

The study, which surveyed more than 500 22- to 26-year-old graduates of four-year degree programs, also found that newly minted graduates are short on patience: Only 3% said they expect to stay at any one job for more than five years, and 33% said they would probably stay three years or less.

Source: WSJ


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When Hugging in School becomes a Crime

  • recorded: May 2nd 2012
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Granny army helps India’s school children via the cloud

Some 300 UK-based grandmothers volunteer to work as e-mentors for children in India. The women connect with the schools via skype and the children learn through objects the grannies hold in the camera for instance.

The Granny Cloud project is the brainchild of Prof Sugata Mitra, best-known for his hole-in-the-wall computer scheme which put basic PCs into some of the poorest parts of India.
The work is being supported by the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, and MIT’s iLab project.

After three years in India the project has now been extended to Columbia in South America.

Source: BBC


Egyptian government inks deal to provide 10,000 tablet PCs to university students

The Egyptian government has inked a deal to provide university students with 10,000 locally manufactured tablet PCs.

While it is unclear how students who receive the PCs will be chosen, they will be distributed over the next six months, based on who the Ministry of Higher Education feels will best benefit from them.
Announcing the initiative at this year’s ICT conference Hussein Khaled, the Minister of Higher Education, said that the PCs will promote “technological excellence”, encourage the use of ICT tools in the education system, as well as a continuous educational process through e-learning.
It is also hoped that the initiative will boost the local technology industry, provide job opportunities, and provide local manufacturers with experience that will allow them to compete internationally in the market.

Source: The Next Web


Crowdfund wishbone helps smart kids to finance their education

Wishbone.org is a philanthropy website where you can crowdfund high-potential youngsters so they can afford inspiring after- and summer-school programs. Wishbone only accepts seriously motivated students and produces its own polished video interviews with them, so it’s easy to find someone who’ll really benefit from your donation. According to the article it’s not trying to start education programs, but rather bridge the gap between existing ones and the kids that need them.

Source: TechCrunch


2tor Appoints Catherine Graham as New Chief Financial Officer

2tor announces today it has appointed Catherine Graham as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Graham has over 20 years of experience in the banking and technology sectors, and has managed a number of successful IPOs, strategic acquisitions and organizational sales. Sitting CFO and Chief Operations Officer (COO), Robert Cohen, will continue to lead 2tor operations in the role of COO.

Souce: 2tor


Engrade Raises $3M to Unify Classroom Management into Single Platform

Classroom management tool suite Engrade has closed a $3 million round of funding. The round was led by Rethink Education and joined by NewSchools Venture Fund, as well as individual investors Greg Gunn, Zac Zeitlin, and Richard Chino.

Engrade was initially developed in 2003 by then high school student Bri Holt as a solution to increase communication between teachers and students. It was loved within the teacher community and grew organically to now 4.5 million users, including more than 400,000 teachers in all 50 states.

The funding will allow Engrade to serve significantly more educators by expanding its academic and outreach teams and strengthening its growing suite of tools.

Source: NewSchools


Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

Edmodo, the private and secure collaboration and classroom management system announced that it has officially crossed 7 million users and is now being used in over 80,000 schools. Districts across the U.S. are now doing wide-scale implementations, and 80 of the top 100 largest school districts in the U.S. are on board, including Chicago Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, Delaware, Palm Beach, Florida, Clark County, Nevada, and Wake County, North Carolina.

Source: TechCrunch


New York’s Columbia University gets $2m for digital journalism research

New York’s Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will receive $2m from the Tow and Knight Foundations. This funding will be aimed at supporting the research that the Tow Center for digital journalism is conducting within the university since its creation in 2010.

This new research will focus on three aspects of digital journalism:

  • Impact: measuring how new practices and tools affect audiences and newsroom resources;
  • Transparency in journalism: focusing on public data – what’s available, what’s not, and what’s useful and relevant to people’s lives;
  • Data visualization: examining which visuals work best in informing and engaging readers.

Source: The Next Web


City Limits School Staff’s Contact With Students via Social Media

New York City public schoolteachers may not contact students through personal pages on Web sites like Facebook and Twitter but can communicate via pages set up for classroom use, the city’s Education Department said on Tuesday after it released its first list of guidelines governing the use of social media by employees.

The guidelines do not ban teachers from using social media and, in fact, recognize that it can offer tremendous educational benefits. Nor do they address cellphones and text messaging between teachers and students, which, according to a review by The New York Times of dozens of Education Department investigations in the past five years, have been more widespread and problematic.

Source: New York Times


Tennessee Passes Abstinence-Based “Gateway Sexual Activity” Bill

The state has passed a long-mocked bill allowing parents to sue teachers and other outside parties for “promoting or condoning ‘gateway sexual activity’ by students.” The controversial measure is intended to curb teen pregnancy and is an offshoot of the state’s growing abstinence-based sex education program.

At the heart of the matter, most of the controversy stems from the “gateway sexual activity” line, which remains vague and was not clearly defined before the bill went to vote. Some detractors argue that it could unreasonably punish teachers for allowing students to cuddle, hold hands or even hug, whether in the halls between classes or at a school dance.

Source: Time


Akamai: Global Average Connection Speed Dropped 14% In Q4 2011, Down 5.3% in U.S.

Akamai published their most recent State of the internet repost and finds that the average Internet connection speed around the world was 2.3 Mbps by the end of 2011. That’s down about 14% from the previous quarter. In the U.S., which ranks thirteenth in this report, the average connection speed in the last quarter of 2011 dropped 5.3% to 5.8 Mbps. In total, eight out of the top 10 countries in Akamai’s report saw their average connection speed decline compared to Q3 2011. Worldwide, speeds declined in 93 of the countries included in this report and only increased in 41 countries.

Source: TechCrunch

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Granny army helps India’s school children via the cloud

Some 300 UK-based grandmothers volunteer to work as e-mentors for children in India. The women connect with the schools via skype and the children learn through objects the grannies hold in the camera for instance.

The Granny Cloud project is the brainchild of Prof Sugata Mitra, best-known for his hole-in-the-wall computer scheme which put basic PCs into some of the poorest parts of India.
The work is being supported by the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, and MIT’s iLab project.

After three years in India the project has now been extended to Columbia in South America.

Source: BBC


Egyptian government inks deal to provide 10,000 tablet PCs to university students

The Egyptian government has inked a deal to provide university students with 10,000 locally manufactured tablet PCs.

While it is unclear how students who receive the PCs will be chosen, they will be distributed over the next six months, based on who the Ministry of Higher Education feels will best benefit from them.
Announcing the initiative at this year’s ICT conference Hussein Khaled, the Minister of Higher Education, said that the PCs will promote “technological excellence”, encourage the use of ICT tools in the education system, as well as a continuous educational process through e-learning.
It is also hoped that the initiative will boost the local technology industry, provide job opportunities, and provide local manufacturers with experience that will allow them to compete internationally in the market.

Source: The Next Web


Crowdfund wishbone helps smart kids to finance their education

Wishbone.org is a philanthropy website where you can crowdfund high-potential youngsters so they can afford inspiring after- and summer-school programs. Wishbone only accepts seriously motivated students and produces its own polished video interviews with them, so it’s easy to find someone who’ll really benefit from your donation. According to the article it’s not trying to start education programs, but rather bridge the gap between existing ones and the kids that need them.

Source: TechCrunch


2tor Appoints Catherine Graham as New Chief Financial Officer

2tor announces today it has appointed Catherine Graham as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Graham has over 20 years of experience in the banking and technology sectors, and has managed a number of successful IPOs, strategic acquisitions and organizational sales. Sitting CFO and Chief Operations Officer (COO), Robert Cohen, will continue to lead 2tor operations in the role of COO.

Souce: 2tor


Engrade Raises $3M to Unify Classroom Management into Single Platform

Classroom management tool suite Engrade has closed a $3 million round of funding. The round was led by Rethink Education and joined by NewSchools Venture Fund, as well as individual investors Greg Gunn, Zac Zeitlin, and Richard Chino.

Engrade was initially developed in 2003 by then high school student Bri Holt as a solution to increase communication between teachers and students. It was loved within the teacher community and grew organically to now 4.5 million users, including more than 400,000 teachers in all 50 states.

The funding will allow Engrade to serve significantly more educators by expanding its academic and outreach teams and strengthening its growing suite of tools.

Source: NewSchools


Edmodo Now Serving 7M Users, 80K Schools

Edmodo, the private and secure collaboration and classroom management system announced that it has officially crossed 7 million users and is now being used in over 80,000 schools. Districts across the U.S. are now doing wide-scale implementations, and 80 of the top 100 largest school districts in the U.S. are on board, including Chicago Public Schools, Denver Public Schools, Delaware, Palm Beach, Florida, Clark County, Nevada, and Wake County, North Carolina.

Source: TechCrunch


New York’s Columbia University gets $2m for digital journalism research

New York’s Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism will receive $2m from the Tow and Knight Foundations. This funding will be aimed at supporting the research that the Tow Center for digital journalism is conducting within the university since its creation in 2010.

This new research will focus on three aspects of digital journalism:

  • Impact: measuring how new practices and tools affect audiences and newsroom resources;
  • Transparency in journalism: focusing on public data – what’s available, what’s not, and what’s useful and relevant to people’s lives;
  • Data visualization: examining which visuals work best in informing and engaging readers.

Source: The Next Web


City Limits School Staff’s Contact With Students via Social Media

New York City public schoolteachers may not contact students through personal pages on Web sites like Facebook and Twitter but can communicate via pages set up for classroom use, the city’s Education Department said on Tuesday after it released its first list of guidelines governing the use of social media by employees.

The guidelines do not ban teachers from using social media and, in fact, recognize that it can offer tremendous educational benefits. Nor do they address cellphones and text messaging between teachers and students, which, according to a review by The New York Times of dozens of Education Department investigations in the past five years, have been more widespread and problematic.

Source: New York Times


Tennessee Passes Abstinence-Based “Gateway Sexual Activity” Bill

The state has passed a long-mocked bill allowing parents to sue teachers and other outside parties for “promoting or condoning ‘gateway sexual activity’ by students.” The controversial measure is intended to curb teen pregnancy and is an offshoot of the state’s growing abstinence-based sex education program.

At the heart of the matter, most of the controversy stems from the “gateway sexual activity” line, which remains vague and was not clearly defined before the bill went to vote. Some detractors argue that it could unreasonably punish teachers for allowing students to cuddle, hold hands or even hug, whether in the halls between classes or at a school dance.

Source: Time


Akamai: Global Average Connection Speed Dropped 14% In Q4 2011, Down 5.3% in U.S.

Akamai published their most recent State of the internet repost and finds that the average Internet connection speed around the world was 2.3 Mbps by the end of 2011. That’s down about 14% from the previous quarter. In the U.S., which ranks thirteenth in this report, the average connection speed in the last quarter of 2011 dropped 5.3% to 5.8 Mbps. In total, eight out of the top 10 countries in Akamai’s report saw their average connection speed decline compared to Q3 2011. Worldwide, speeds declined in 93 of the countries included in this report and only increased in 41 countries.

Source: TechCrunch

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VCs Are Picking Their Horses, Let the EdTech Race Begin

Editor’s Note: first published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.


In today’s post, let’s have a look at funding and money in education technology. I can hardly imagine a better month for that topic than April 2012. This past month has been remarkable when it comes to money talk, with more than $110 million invested in education companies.

I’m sure that I even miss some nice deals on my list, but let’s concentrate on the most recognized deals and the different segments that angel investors and VCs are investing their money in these days.

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review:ed Episode #25

“Money in the Ed Game”

  • recorded: April 20th 2012
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Links

  • Ed News Ticker #2 April 14th 2012
    Source: EDUKWEST
  • There Are A Million Education Startups And No One To Acquire Them
    Source: Business Insider
  • We need a Dividends instead of Exits Mindset in Education
    Source: Disrupt Education
  • Teaching 2030: What We Must Do for Our Students and Our Public Schools–Now and in the Future
    Source: Amazon
  • Are Teacherpreneurs the future of education?
    Source: Good
  • EdTech Link
    Source: TeachPaperless | Prezi
  • Top Tier vs Low Cost in Education
    Source: Disrupt Education

Fundings in April 2012 so far

  • $25 million Minerva
  • $26 million + $10 million 2tor
  • $16 million Coursera
  • $10 million StraighterLine
  • $8 million Boundless Learning
  • $6 million Schoology
  • $4.75 million Treehouse
  • $2.4 million LearnZillion
  • $2.3 million Voxy
  • + several smaller fundings
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