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The birth and near-death of one piece of educational software

The Hechinger Report

February 2009: Bellevue, Washington. When Ben Slivka decided to create his own interactive learning software in 2006, the online options for students, parents, and teachers were pretty bleak. What made more sense to them was duplicating their textbooks on CDs or placing them online, thus making them digital cash cows. But digital learning doesn’t work that way. Succeeding at personalized learning made an impression on Slivka. Personalized learning.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. The company has raised some $77.5 I’d love to provide a link but Andreessen deleted his blog in 2009. ” But it’s a content company.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

Without revenue the company will go away. Or the company will have to start charging for the software. Or it will raise a bunch of venture capital to support its “free” offering for a while, and then the company will get acquired and the product will go away. (It’s