20 By 2020: Quizlet’s Big Revenue Ambitions From Third-Party Content Partners


The bootstrapped, San Francisco-based company claimed it was profitable thanks to its free popular digital flashcards, for which users could pay an annual subscription to get additional features. Then in 2015, the company took a gamble: It raised $12 million for its first round of outside investment. Today the company has nearly 60 full-time staff, almost quadruple the number from early 2015. For its first 10 years, Quizlet was humming along just fine.

Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

Tom Murray

Can Companies like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap? In places like Albemarle County, Virginia , school leaders are developing a 4G Network to support their entire community, every day of the year, by 2020. So can companies such as Facebook further support home access for students?

?How Apple, Salesforce and Other “Platform” Companies Can Help Close the Skills Gap


But there is a disconnect between the skills that students are being taught and those that employers require, and we face the stark prospect that one-third of jobs in 2020 will require skills that aren’t common today. For learners to qualify for work that pays well and for companies to source the talent they need, the market around skills-based education needs to evolve quickly to train students in the technology platforms now required for the jobs they seek.

What U.S. Companies Should Know About Asia's Edtech Market


On the one hand, China’s private education market is projected to grow 9 percent per year until 2020, reaching a value of $330 billion—an enticing market for many American entrepreneurs. After a summer of market research and competitor analysis, the company eventually signed off on a collaboration with a Chinese partner, TAL Education. company that has eyed Asia as the next big market. But their story is not a blueprint that will make sense for every company.

Looking to Grow in China? 3 Lessons for U.S. Edtech Companies


China-based edtech companies raked in more than $1 billion in investment in 2015, or 37 percent of global funding for the year. Still, companies looking to do business in China face a “tangle of issues.”. edtech companies can expect to confront special regulatory and infrastructure challenges in China, in addition to having to adapt content and design. American edtech companies thinking of expanding into China must start by building the right relationships.

5 Creative Ways to Connect Young Adults to Reading

The CoolCatTeacher

Currently I am a member of the 2020 Newbery Committee and the AASL Best Websites Committee. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university


According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. For instance, Osso VR is a virtual reality technology company founded on the principle of training surgeons with real world skills that can be directly applied when in the operating room.

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To the next President of the World Bank—it’s time to switch it up

The Christensen Institute

Consider Celtel, the company Mo Ibrahim founded roughly 20 years ago. In the late 1990s, when Sudanese entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim first conceived of setting up a mobile phone company in Africa, many of his colleagues said he had lost his mind.

Edtech’s Hidden Shortage: Women Directors


In just over a decade, 20 independent education companies have raised more than $2.7 Collectively, 116 directors serve on the boards of these privately-held companies. As much as one-third of edtech companies started during that time have a female CEO or founder. While corporate boards seldom draw the attention of end users, they set the strategic path and hold the power to make fundamental decisions about the companies.

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Power Up Your Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

Pause a second and think about companies such as Uber and Airbnb. respectively by 2020. Times are a changing in case you haven’t noticed. We have seen disruptive innovation across so many different sectors of society.

The Newest U.S. Education Technology Venture Fund? Look to Japan


EduLab Ventures is a new offshoot from EduLab , which is the parent company of JIEM, a Japan-based research and assessment group. But now, the company feels confident to invest on its own. “We It will also boast a small AI team in its Boston office that will work closely with portfolio companies. Japan’s interest in education technology is also part of a broader strategy led by the government to modernize its infrastructure as it gears up for the 2020 Olympics, says Wada.

Kahoot Earns a $376M Valuation After Disney Investment—and Is Looking to Acquire


But a recent investment from one of the biggest names in the entertainment business is valuing the company in the hundreds of millions. TechCrunch reports that the deal gives the company a $376 million valuation. That may seem like a lofty figure for a company expecting to make $2 million in revenue this year. In its presentation, the company claims it will reach 100 million monthly active users by the end of 2018. million 2020 and $53.2

6 Things Every High School Senior Should Have Access To Before Graduation

EdNews Daily

Projections show that by 2020, 43% of the U.S. The opportunities to create an online business are endless, and many young entrepreneurs are already starting their own companies.

Instructure Acquires MasteryConnect for $42.5 Million to Expand K-12 Footprint


Instructure , the publicly traded company best known for its learning management systems (LMS) Canvas and Bridge, has agreed to acquire a fellow Salt Lake City-based education technology company, MasteryConnect , for $42.5 billion by 2020. “We’re The company claims users in more than 14,000 U.S. Located just a dozen miles from one another, the two companies have been product integration partners since 2016.

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In a New Survey, Teachers Say There’s a Disconnect in Computer Science Education


Commissioned by Microsoft, in time for Computer Science Education Week, the survey was conducted by public opinion and data company YouGov, who surveyed 540 K-12 teachers. The majority of respondents (80 percent) also think big tech companies like Microsoft, Apple and Google should step in and help kids learn computer science skills. But for now, big tech companies are happy to play a major role in bringing computer science to students in the US.

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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


As Secretary Duncan’s chief of staff wrote at the time, the Common Core was intended to create a national market for book publishers, technology companies , testing corporations, and other vendors.”. Billion has been invested in US K-12 education technology companies since 2010.

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AI and Personalized Learning That Goes Beyond Tech: The Latest Camelback Ventures Cohort


The company, which is based in Oakland, counts LinkedIn and PathSource among its competitors. They are a collection of all the documents the company has compiled on a single scientific concept. Cognitive ToyBox This company ’s CEO, Tammy Kwan, said its touch-screen games focused on early childhood assessment can help teachers uncover insights about their students. It hopes to run the service in all 50 states by 2020. It hopes to open its doors to students in fall 2020.

Wonderful World of Wearables in Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Given that research predicts a 46% growth of wearables in education between now and 2020, we all need to understand them. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to edit and post it.

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A short note to [Indian and emerging market] e-commerce investors: Be patient for growth, but impatient for profits

The Christensen Institute

This simply means that companies should take the time to figure out their profit formula (how they intend to make money) before scaling their businesses. E-commerce companies, especially those in emerging markets, are growing quickly in order to corner market share.

5G and Edtech?


As part of a $400 million initiative to fund STEM education, the company has announced plans to double the number of in-school programs it supports—from 100 middle schools in September 2018 to 200 middle schools by the end of 2020. First, there was sneakernet.

How Makerspaces in Schools Help Students Learn to Code

EdTech Magazine

Computer science has taken a priority slot for K–12 teachers , as experts forecast a majority of jobs will incorporate some kind of coding skills or computational thinking by as early as 2020. . How Makerspaces in Schools Help Students Learn to Code. eli.zimmerman_9856.

The Clock Is Ticking for This Edtech Buyer to Find a Deal


If it seems baffling that companies with no revenue can raise money from private investors ( ahem , as some edtech startups did in the early 2010’s), then EdTechX Holdings might just sound outright crazy at first. EdTechX Holdings is a “special purpose acquisition company,” or SPAC for short. It raises money from the public with the explicit purpose of acquiring a private company. That company then becomes publicly-held, usually through a process known as a reverse merger.

Iditarod Teacher: How to Connect and Learn from the Iditarod Race

The CoolCatTeacher

Heidi: They have actually selected some finalists for 2019, so the next up would be 2020. The company who sponsored it compensated me via cash payment, gift, or something else of value to include a reference to their product.

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Eyeing More Deals, 2U Raises $331 Million From Latest Public Offering


That’s how much the Landham, Maryland-based company raised through its latest public offering of common stock this week. He’s referring to the South Africa-based company that works with universities to build short online courses, which 2U purchased for $103 million in May 2017. He was vague on what the company is eyeing next, only saying that “technologies and services that support our students and improve our core business is critical.”

What's That Liberal Art Degree Worth?


Come join us for an evening of informal networking, panels with hiring companies, and some light bites. Fill out this form and we'll get your information in front of attending companies. In his book, Anders describes how software companies are increasingly creating a need for people with a “modicum of technical literacy,” people who can translate data, show a bigger picture result from snippets of information and basically get people on the same page. Sure, coding is cool.

7 Ways to Close the Access Gap

Tom Murray

In places like Albemarle County, Virginia , school leaders have been developing a 4G Network to support their entire community, every day of the year, by 2020. Last year, I wrote the post, “ Can Companies Like Facebook Help Close the Access Gap?

What Is 5G and What Will It Mean for EdTech?

EdTech Magazine

Forecasters expect 5G access to increase more dramatically through 2019 , with the number of 5G devices becoming more ubiquitous in 2020. Companies Invest in 5G Hubs to Research EdTech. What Is 5G and What Will It Mean for EdTech? eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 09/26/2018 - 13:49.

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How Educational Leaders can Become Technology Visionaries Today.

Leadership Lounge

Many companies in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) industry have locations in Arizona, including Uber, Intel and PayPal. Education funding challenges hurt Arizona tech industry, STEM advocates say.


Quizlet Raises $20 Million to Bring More Artificial Intelligence to Its Study Tools


But there’s another number that also has the company excited. The company has now raised $32 million in total. Founded in 2005, Quizlet is probably best known for its digital flashcards, built by a then-high schooler, Andrew Sutherland, who is still with the company as its chief technology officer. For the first 10 years the company remained small, and had been profitable since 2009. Like most private companies, Quizlet kept mum when pressed about its financials.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? An Opinionated Guide to Changing Edtech Industry Conferences


They’re abbreviations for major conferences for companies in the education industry. They have upended the industry and how it’s reflected in the events that cater to industry companies, investors, and executives at every level from preschool to workforce learning. Everyone from large company CEOs and major investors to startups and nonprofit institutions attend. Next: ASU GSV Summit, San Diego, March 30 - April 1, 2020. Next: SXSW EDU, Austin, March 9-12, 2020.

Equality Starts With Education: Why the Tech Industry Should Help Lead the Way


I often find myself at Salesforce —a leading San Francisco technology company—looking out the window at the Bay, remembering the little girl who used to dream of this view. While computing jobs are likely to more than double by 2020 , underrepresented minorities currently earn only 11% of engineering degrees and women earn only 17% of computer and information sciences degrees.

From Mexico to China: Why the World is Interested in the United States Edtech Market


In the past, experts have made big projections for the global edtech market, with some groups estimating as much as $252 billion pouring into the market by 2020. companies. In addition to shopping for applications, he hopes to build partnerships with companies that can support him and his school throughout the tech implementation process. She is following some of the tutoring companies at ISTE, noting that many are seeking partnerships with United States companies.

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Women In STEM Speak Out To Girls Everywhere

MIND Research Institute

Adrianna Leung uses math to build biometric applications as a software engineer at MorphoTrak, a company specializing in identity and digital security. The other day, my 5 year-old daughter, Hunter, was playing ST Math and struggling on a level in one of the games.

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The potential of telehealth in managing rare diseases

The Christensen Institute

Rare diseases were once called “orphan diseases” because researchers and pharmaceutical companies expressed little interest in studying these difficult and uncommon cases. This movement encouraged pharmaceutical companies to invest in research and treatment for those suffering from uncommon illnesses, which has resulted in 7,000 rare conditions recognized today. This guest blog was written by Rosie Rosati, health advocate for the Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center.

Owl Ventures Just Closed a $315M Edtech Fund. Here’s What It Sees From Its Perch.


Already, one New York-based edtech company has raised $100 million. Companies like DreamBox have worked for years with researchers at Harvard and SRI to evaluate its program. When companies are having profound, verifiable outcomes from third-party [research], it’s to everyone’s advantage to make those results publicly available,” says Patterson. based companies. There are now sizable cohorts of companies that can soon go public, if they elect to.”.

Chief Privacy Officers: A Small But Growing Fleet in Higher Education


Part of that shift has been due to regulatory changes like the upcoming California Consumer Privacy Act , which goes into effect in 2020, and the European privacy law known as GDPR, which has some institutions rethinking their approach to data collection, storage and privacy. When Kathleen Sutherland took the helm as Chief Privacy Officer for the University of Colorado in 2003, there weren’t very many people in higher ed she could turn to for guidance and advice.

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Schools Can Train the Next Batch of Cybersecurity Pros

EdTech Magazine

Nationwide, a company called CodeHS teaches an ethical ­hacking course so that high school ­students can learn the ins and outs of cybersecurity practices. The district plans to add six schools to the program by 2020. Schools Can Train the Next Batch of Cybersecurity Pros.

OK Go Wants to Launch Your Students’ Art Experiment Into Space


Shuttling the projects beyond the atmosphere will be the New Shepard spacecraft, built by Blue Origin, Jeff Bezo’s space company. They will then work with the OK Go Sandbox engineers to create the project, which will be delivered as a payload sometime in 2020. The gravity-defying choreography in OK Go’s music videos is out of this world—which is also where the American rock band wants to send students’ art experiments.

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Should the ‘gig economy’ factor into a college education?

The Christensen Institute

Estimates for the size of the gig economy vary, but some estimates place it as high as 34% of the current workforce and project that it could reach 43% by the year 2020. In fact, this economy that thrives on independent contractors and short-term workers has become so large that the California Supreme Court recently ruled that gig-economy companies, such as Uber and Grubhub, must change their employee status litmus test to better protect the rights of these contingent workers.

Golden State GDPR: What the Edtech Industry Should Know About CA’s New Privacy Rules


Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on the same day, and the CCPA is set to become effective on January 1, 2020. This is a game-changing law that will impact companies in the U.S. Rather, the impact will be felt by all companies that collect personal information of California residents—including those involving minors, which disproportionately impacts K-12 education technology. It also restricts a company’s ability to limit liability in the end user agreement.