Chegg Cuts $15 Million Check to Buy AI-Feedback Tool, WriteLab

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Chegg announced today that it bought the Berkeley-based startup for about $15 million in an all-cash transaction. They started the company to solve a challenge that they both knew well: how to provide fast and actionable feedback to writing students. The company has also begun partnering with other companies such as Pearson and Microsoft. That’s challenging because when you’re a small company, you’re often a lot of engeineers in a room and you’re not in the classroom."

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K-12 Dealmaking: Chegg Acquires Easy Solutions; Age of Learning Raises $150 Million

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The month of May kicked off with a significant number of deals in the ed-tech sector, including acquisitions by Chegg and ACT, Inc. In addition, several companies, including Age of Learning, CodeCombat and GotIt!, Chegg Acquires Imagine Easy Solutions: The learning platform provider has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions , the provider of EasyBib.com and other writing tools, for approximately $42 million in an all-cash transaction, Santa Clara, Calif.-based

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Blackboard Co-Founder: ‘4 Secrets to Building a Tech Company for Higher Ed’

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To mark the 20th anniversary of Blackboard, one of the first LMSes, the company’s co-founder, Matthew Pittinsky, wrote an epic blog post about the company’s history, which includes his advice for today’s edtech leaders. As origin stories go, the founding of Blackboard twenty years ago lacked that single light bulb moment that tech companies like to tell. The winner of the LMS market would be the company with the most widely adopted platform.

Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

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After all, textbooks are a must in classrooms. Smartphones, tablets, and laptops had become a permanent requirement along with using technology in the classrooms by this time. Thus, replacing expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom is the right thing to do in the current scenario. Here’s how you can replace these expensive textbooks with technology in the classroom: Adopt a Subscription Model. Increase in Textbook Prices Over the Years.

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The Post-Pandemic Outlook for Edtech

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The sudden shift gave leaders at DreamBox Learning, a math education company headquartered nearby, an early glimpse at the upheaval to come and an inkling that digital teaching tools would soon be in high demand around the country. The pandemic came early to Seattle.

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Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated

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classrooms from kindergarten through high school.” Spending data suggests that instructional software is indeed growing in classrooms. The company has invested in a partner rental program that should reach 400 titles in the second half of this year.

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Reach Capital’s Newest Education Technology Investment Fund Closes at $82 Million

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Investing is humbling because we inevitably miss out on or pass on companies that go on to achieve great success in realizing their mission. It brought over the companies from the Seed Fund into its portfolio as well, and re-invested in 14 of them.) Since then, Reach’s focus has broadened, investing in early-stage companies building tools to support early-childhood education, postsecondary institutions and adult professional development. WriteLab (Chegg).

The 2019 EdSurde Annual Special: Edtech April Fool’s News That Should Stay Fake

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Chegg’s chalked up an excuse-generator to help you weasel out of doing homework, taking tests—just about anything. BACK TO THE FUTURE: Weary of unwanted scrutiny, companies that once described themselves as the “Facebook of education” are now scrambling to disassociate themselves from the beleaguered social network. HAPPY MEALS, PERSONALIZED: McDonald’s just acquired an AI tech company to personalize the drive-thru experience. One company is responding with a new approach.

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Education Technology’s Machine Learning Problem—and Responsibility

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At the SF Edtech Meetup, hosted by EdSurge on July 10, four panelists gathered to discuss the challenges around deploying machine learning in the classroom and the boardroom. The speakers were Carlos Escapa (Senior Principal, AI/ML Business Development, Amazon Web Services), Vivienne Ming (Founder and CEO, Socos Labs), Matthew Ramirez (Director of Product Management, AI Writing Tools, Chegg) and Andrew Sutherland (CTO and co-founder, Quizlet).

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Where in the World Is Planet3? An Educational Gaming CEO Seeks His Second Act

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But at an all-hands meeting at the company’s Washington, D.C. Some employees hoped the company could turn around and stayed on without pay. “We Esther Wojcicki, the esteemed journalism teacher at Palo Alto High School, joined in 2016 as the company’s chief learning officer.

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MissionU Says It Can Replace Traditional College With a One-Year Program

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A venture-backed company today announced a new educational offering billed as an alternative to the standard undergraduate experience. He started his career as a consultant for Bain & Company, but during a trip to India when he was 25 years old he was inspired to start a nonprofit, Pencils of Promise, and to write a bestselling memoir called “The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change.”

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe

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Bloomz , ClassDojo , Remind ), established companies ( SchoolMessenger ), and other deep pocket players from learning management system providers that already boast significant traction here. Do you know what company is “Facebook for country X?” This means that customer acquisition is challenging and your company’s revenue model has to be rich enough to support it. Chegg (or Amazon for that matter)? Do you know what company is “Facebook for country X?”

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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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

Hack Education Weekly News

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“ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” ” A data breach at Chegg – more details in the data and surveillance section below. Via Techcrunch : “ Facebook sends Sphero robots so classrooms can apply coding education.” The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Education Week : “Security Companies Sell School ‘Hardening’ as Mass-Shooting Solution.” ” Via MyNDNow.com : “ Iowa company donates AR–15s to be placed in Bismarck schools.” “Online education unicorn Udacity has quietly laid off 5% of staff – at least 25 people – since August,” says Techcrunch , proving that “ unicorn ” is really a meaningless label for tech companies.

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5 Ed-Tech Ideas Face The Chronicle’s Version of ‘Shark Tank’

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In the TV series Shark Tank, entrepreneurs with budding companies pitch their ideas to a panel of investors who ask probing questions and then decide whether to back the proposals. Our sharks were Goldie Blumenstyk, a senior writer at The Chronicle; Jason Jones, a co-editor of the ProfHacker blog and director of educational technology at Trinity College, in Connecticut; and Paul Freedman, founder of Entangled Ventures, an education-technology company. We do hybrid classrooms.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Forbes : “The Startup President: How France ’s Macron Nearly Built An EdTech Company.” ” Ed-tech: where you don’t need an actual product idea for a company, and you can incubate your neoliberalism anyway. But they’re connected to the new Woz U and a web of for-profit companies – raising questions of conflict of interest and legal compliance.” So many people predicting this company would disrupt higher ed.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Udacity has updated its online "classroom." ” Pearson and Chegg are partnering for textbook rentals. The private student loan company has raised $50 million total, but I’m told “fintech” doesn’t “count” as ed-tech so let’s just ignore this trend, right? The adaptive learning company has raised $16 million total. The learn-to-code company has raised $1.19 Education Politics.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Not really ed-tech-related, except for all those companies saying they’re “Uber for education.” ” The New York Times on “ mastery based learning ” : “A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry.” The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative ’s CTO, Brian Pinkerton , is leaving the company. ” The Chronicle of Higher Education on Elsevier “becoming a data company.” The company has $8.3

Hack Education Weekly News

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” Reminder: here are the education companies Palantir founder Peter Thiel has invested in. Via Edsurge : “What Colleges Should Know About A Growing ‘ Talent Strategy ’ Push By Companies.” “ Apple ’s Devices Lose Luster in American Classrooms,” according to The New York Times. Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage this week, knocking many education companies who use AWS offline. Education Politics.

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