Instructure and Pearson announced an interesting partnership at SXSWedu. The bi-directional integration of the Canvas LMS and the PowerSchool SIS is a strong statement by itself, but if we add the fact that Pearson is planning to sell its Student Information System business it gets really intriguing.
Instructure Canvas and Pearson announced a bi-directional integration of the Instructure Canvas LMS with the Pearson PowerSchool SIS. According to Instructure’s Mitch Benson, this feature was the most requested by Canvas’ K-12 customers.
In an effort to clear the way for an upcoming separation of its College bookstore and Nook business from its retail business, Barnes & Noble bought out Microsoft’s from their joint venture for $120 million in cash and common stock.
Pearson announced a strategic partnership with Chicago-based startup hub and incubator 1871. Two of the ten edtech startups in Pearson’s latest Catalyst batch joined to the program over recommendations from 1871.
Other partners in the startup hub and incubator space include RocketSpace, 1776, LearnLaunch, MaRS and Makerversity.
In episode 24 of the Ed News Ticker, titled “The Curse of Gates”, Chris and Kirsten talk more about edtech in the UK, India and Brazil and also cover a variety of US domestic education technology stories.
Our international stories cover funding for Indian startup Foradian Technologies, the strategic partnership of Blackboard with Grupo Positivo in Brazil and Virgin Media’s efforts to save schools in the UK some money.
After inBloom’s untimely demise ConnectEDU also joined the deadpool; let’s hope that BloomBoard will not be affected by the curse of Gates after having raised a $5 million Series A in which the foundation participated.
Companies InsideTrack and EdStart went on a shopping spree.
Furthermore, we also have news for you from some of the big players including Bing for the Classroom, Pearson’s free math app “Virtual Nerd”, Barnes & Noble’s Yuzu is in beta and Lynda.com now has a programming course for kids.
Last but not least, we know a bit more about Osman Rashid’s new edtech venture “Galxyz”, Collegefeed launched a career center platform and we might all soon be able to boost our learning by wearing the Halo Neuroscience Headband.