K-12 Dealmaking: Udemy, Tynker Raise Funds; PeopleAdmin Acquires TeacherMatch

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A number of ed-tech companies, including Udemy and Tynker, have raked in funds from investors over the past week. Udemy Raises $60 Million: Udemy , a San Francisco-based online provider of courses, received a $60 million strategic investment from Internet and entertainment group Naspers through its Naspers Ventures division. In addition, Larry Illg, CEO of Naspers Ventures, is joining Udemy’s Board of Directors.

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?Filling the Other Skills Gap

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businesses reported difficulty finding appropriately trained workers, up from 32 percent reported in 2015. The likes of Coursera, Udacity, Udemy, MasterClass, Lynda, and Pluralsight have together raised more than $1 billion and represent combined enterprise value of more than $5 billion.

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Why We Don't Need a 'Netflix for Education'

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Comments from both established learning companies like McGraw-Hill , as well as more recent entrants like D2L and Udemy , reveal a strong push among edtech companies seeking to position themselves as "education's answer to Netflix." I don't disagree that these factors can influence and are often related to learning, but these are poor proxies in assessing learner competence.

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Developing and Delivering Effective Professional Development for Educators

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For successful outcomes, plan teacher PD sessions avoiding holidays, weekends, extended school days and reporting/ assessment cycles. Some of these self-paced paced content providers for educators are: Udemy , Future Learn , edX , Coursera , iTunes U , and Youtube for teachers 9. Reporting Mechanism: Reflection on the learning during and after the professional development sessions is an important reporting mechanism.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Barnes & Noble Ed. Acquires LoudCloud; Volley Labs Raises $2.3 Million

Marketplace K-12

In addition, investment company Weld North Holdings acquired Performance Matters , a student assessment and data-analytics company that it will merge with K-12 ed-tech business Truenorthlogic, which provides data on teachers’ performance and tracks their professional development. Disclosed angel investors include executives from Apple, Dropbox, Blackboard, and Udemy, according to various news reports.

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Ed Tech News, a New Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The recordings of recent FutureofEducation.com shows are posted: David Loertscher on Library 2.0 , Gina Bianchini on Mightybell , Tim Wilson on Redirect , Peter Cookson on a Children''s Education Bill of Rights , and an iPads in the Classroom report. Google has worked to address many of the accessibility issues, and The Chronicle of HIgher Education reports that the issue was resolved "without any admission of wrongdoing."

The Business of Education Technology

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Remind co-founder Brett Kopf was replaced as CEO by Brian Grey, formerly CEO of the Bleacher Report. These are just the ones that were reported by the press, of course.). Online education (admittedly, a very generic category): Investments include Udemy ($60,000,000), DigiSchool ($15,700,000), MasterClass ($15,000,000), UNICAF ($12,000,000), OpenClassroom ($6,740,000). This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Dan Patrick (R) told reporters on Tuesday that he is sending letters to every superintendent in the state advising them not to follow the Obama administration's recently issued guidance on transgender students.” Lots of reporting on various court filings in the Trump University case, particularly those about the company’s “ playbooks ” detailing how former employees sold its course packages, targeting vulnerable populations. Education Politics.

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