K-12 Dealmaking: Key Data Systems Acquires Progress Testing, Edmentum Raises $25 Million, Kahoot! Forms Partnership With Code.Org

Marketplace K-12

A handful of ed-tech firms including web-based teaching learning solutions provider Edmentum and instructional technology company BookNook raised funds from investors. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Key Data Systems Acquires Progress Testing, Edmentum Raises $25 Million, Kahoot! Kahoot! and Code.org team up in an effort to advance K-12 computer science education.

Strategy, Serendipity, Sleepless Nights: 3 Edtech CEOs on ‘Great Exits’

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At the time, he was part of PLATO Learning, a school instructional software vendor now known as Edmentum. PLATO had reportedly spent about $50 million to buy another company to expand the school grades it serviced. But according to Brekhus, now chief product officer at Renaissance Learning, PLATO failed to effectively communicate how Lightspan fit into the company’s strategy. Staying hands off from an acquired company’s business is also a must, he added.

Teacher shortages force districts to use online education programs

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The upside of using a company like Edgenuity is that it takes teachers time to build those resources. Preventing cheating is the district’s responsibility, according to the company’s response, but the program does have settings that allow teachers to proctor assessments.

K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $52M; Imagine K12 Merges with Y Combinator

Marketplace K-12

Venture capital deals in the ed-tech market dominated the news over the past week, with companies such as Knewton, SchoolMint, and NuuEd announcing the completion of funding rounds as well as ed-tech accelerator Imagine K12 merging with the Y Combinator fund. In addition, the sector saw several new partnerships spring up, such as Edmentum’s new partnership with WebbAlign and Learning Forward joining forces with Amplify, the former digital education division of News Corp.

In the marketplace: Gaming, digital citizenship, PD initiatives, and more

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Teq , a Long Island-based educational technology and professional development (PD) company, has received approval from the New York State Department of Education to provide Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE).

When Education CEOs and Bigwig Financiers Go ‘Back to School’

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On their syllabus: networking and identifying the latest market trends in the education industry that can drive a company’s growth—and, of course, financial returns. Early-stage education entrepreneurs were also in short supply; word in the halls was that private companies were expected to be making $15 million-plus in revenue to get a formal invite. These days, the public companies in attendance tend to be education technology providers, says Silber.

When Is It Okay for Public School Officials to Attend Tech-Funded Events?

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So these days, companies, nonprofits and researchers make working closely with teachers and administrators as one of their main priorities. We have to do things differently,” Jamie Candee, CEO of Edmentum told the crowd. The cost of these trips, according to the Times, totaled more than $33,000 with at least $13,000 of Dance’s flight, lodging, meals and other fees covered by organizations sponsored by tech companies.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

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CAROLINA BIOLOGICAL SUPPLY COMPANY BUILDING BLOCKS OF SCIENCE 3D ( www.carolina.com/help/pressreleases/2018/building-blocks-of-science-3d ) Carolina Biological Supply Company launched the new Building Blocks of Science 3D hands-on unit kits for students in grades K to 5.

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.” Other sponsors, in addition to CZI and Gates, included: Knowledgeworks , Edmentum , Amazon Web Services , Oneder , and Reading Plus.). The learn-to-code company has raised $6.9 Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

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Education Technology and the New Behaviorism

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He’s put $100 million of his own money into his company Kernel (which I guess means we’re supposed to believe it’s a real, viable thing) with the promise of developing computer chip implants that will bolster human intelligence. Elon Musk – a totally reliable person with his predictions of the future of the business of science – has founded a company called Neuralink that does something similar.

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Via EdWeek’s Market Brief : “ ISTE Unveils Plans to Match Ed-Tech Companies With Educators for Feedback on Apps.” The company “provides personalized educational feedback services for students,” and according to Crunchbase has raised $184 million total. Edmentum has raised $25 million in debt financing from New Mountain Finance Corporation and Tennenbaum Capital Partners. The company, formerly known as PLATO Learning, is owned by Thomas Bravo.