China’s NetDragon to Acquire Edmodo for $137.5 Million

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China’s NetDragon has gobbled up another education technology company. This time, it’s Edmodo , one the largest online social communities of teachers and students in the world. NetDragon Websoft, a publicly-traded company based in Fuzhou, China, has agreed to pay $137.5 million for Edmodo. Edmodo was started in 2008 by a teacher and IT support person as a “Facebook-like” community aimed at connecting educators with students and with one another.

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Drinking, Smoking and Sugar: How Unsavory Ads Wound Up on Edmodo

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Beth Freeman logs in to her son’s Edmodo account from time to time to check on his homework assignments. The advertisement appeared on Edmodo’s mobile app, which Freeman’s son uses daily for updates about homework, quizzes and other school assignments. edmodo so usually things don’t bother me but this is the ad that popped up in my 8th grade son’s social studies feed today. That the ad ever showed up on a student’s account was a mistake, Edmodo officials say.

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Chinese Gaming Giant NetDragon Acquires Edmodo for $137 Million

Marketplace K-12

Edmodo, a social learning network for teachers and students, is just the latest U.S.-based based education provider to be acquired by the Chinese company. The post Chinese Gaming Giant NetDragon Acquires Edmodo for $137 Million appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Edmodo Global / International Markets Mergers and Acquisitions

Sony, Edmodo, partner on math challenge

eSchool News

will partner with Edmodo, Inc., By working with Edmodo, Sony Global Education will make its Global Math Challenge, a worldwide online math competition, accessible to teachers and students in over 190 countries. Sony’s Global Math Challenge will expand to more than 190 countries.

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Edmodo’s Tracking of Students and Teachers Revives Skepticism Surrounding ‘Free’ Edtech Tools

Edsurge

Edmodo’s investigation into. its alleged massive data breach , in conjunction with reports from bloggers that the company has been tracking student and teacher users for advertising purposes, is more than a public relations nightmare. Edmodo , an education technology company founded 2008 as a K-12 social network, allows educators to communicate with students and parents through their digital platform.

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

Edsurge

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. Between the drastic variations in business culture, social norms and day-to-day education affairs, there are a lot of differences companies should know about (along with a few similarities).

Collaboration between companies + school district = Connected educators

The Innovative Educator

Do you excel at using Edmodo? Wouldn’t it be great to have a direct connection to the people who work at the companies of the very resources you are using for teaching and learning? Are you gaga over Google? Do you think Microsoft is magnificent? Do you think PBS is the perfect platform for digital media content? Wouldn’t it be great to find others in your district using the same tools as you?

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

Blog Amazon Andy Marcinek Edmodo future ready GoOpen OER OER Commons Office of Edtech Open Education US Department of EducationThis blog was originally posted on the Future Ready website at [link].

Privacy Tool fr @CommonSenseEd Pushes Companies to Make Safer Sites

The Innovative Educator

I’ve written about the privacy policies of some of the popular players in classrooms such as Microsoft, Google, Class Dojo, and Edmodo which you can read about at this link. It is the innovative educators who are trying the newest tools and pushing the companies to update their platform in terms of privacy and pedagogy. If you’re an innovative educator the question of student data and privacy comes up frequently.

How safe is my student data?

eSchool News

Ed tech companies are not immune to hackers and vulnerabilities. Featured on eSchool News IT Newsletter Safety & Security Top News big data Edmodo LMS safety security student data But schools can protect themselves. A few years ago I was attending a meeting at my county office, where a vendor who runs a popular education site was making a presentation. If I’m being honest, I’ll admit I wasn’t paying close attention.

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I have a confession.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

And if I was such a fantastic editor, wouldn''t I be working for a publishing company? Edmodo? assessment books edmodo flipclass flipped literature PBL project based learning writing I have a horrible confession to make. I''m totally ashamed. As a HS English teacher, this is really bad. really really bad. Totally horrible. and i''m not using hyperbole. I can''t efficiently and effectively grade my students'' writing by myself.

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FBI Warns Educators and Parents About Edtech’s Cybersecurity Risks

Edsurge

The memo also notes that in 2017, two large edtech companies experienced cybersecurity issues. According to security researchers, one company exposed internal data by storing it on a public-facing server,” states the FBI. The other company suffered a breach and student data was posted for sale on the Dark Web.” When asked to comment, the FBI declined to tell EdSurge the names of the two companies it was referring to.

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8th Annual EdmodoCon Connects Educators with Innovative Resources and Ideas from Around the Globe

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The local community is welcome to join Edmodo in watching speakers in person in San Mateo, CA, asking questions, accessing speaker handouts and resources, along with interacting with educators from around the world. The company is headquartered in San Mateo, Calif.

How an Ed-Tech Startup Can Rise Above the Noise at ISTE

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

As a small company it’s hard to be heard over the noise (and the smell of popcorn). The center of the exhibit hall has the most valuable real estate and the biggest companies and displays. Our goal isn’t to be competing at the level of Edmodo,” said Kim.

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In the News: Educational Android Apps Improperly Track Children

Doug Levin

” Which companies have apps that are flagged for privacy invasions by the study authors? Edmodo. As quoted in: Herold, Benjamin. Thousands of Android Mobile Apps Improperly Track Children, Study Says.” Education Week. 13 April 2018. “This [“ ‘Won’t Somebody Think of the Children?’

Twelve Years Later: How the K-12 Industry and Investment Landscape Has Shifted (Part 2)

Edsurge

Twelve years ago, Amplify CEO Larry Berger and I wrote about the “ pareto distribution ” of companies in the K-12 sector. Most revenue was generated by a few winner-take-all companies, then there was a long tail of subscale operators. Supply of new companies has reached a fever pitch.

US Edtech Investments Peak Again With $1.45 Billion Raised in 2018

Edsurge

education technology companies raised $1.45 And that dip in dealflow has been happening in recent years: Investors are pouring more money into the edtech industry, but across fewer companies. edtech industry matures, companies with demonstrable revenue growth are distinguishing themselves from the rest of the pack and attracting bigger funders higher up the investment ladder. For edtech companies able to show consistent growth and revenue, that should be welcome news.

#FlipclassFlashBlog 2: Classroom Hacks

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Hacking" the multiple choice/true-false quiz, Edmodo''s quiz feature is my go-to tool for replacing paper quizzes and scantron forms and providing instantaneous feedback on student performance. Edmodo''s quizzes have saved me so much time grading.

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7 Innovative #EdTech Practices You Can Implement at No Cost

The Innovative Educator

1) Online Learning Communities for Education Resources It is no longer okay for companies to provide teachers with just a product. A member from the NYCDOE and from the company participate in the group to provide appropriate support as needed.

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News from the Y: The Latest Edtech Startups in Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Class

Edsurge

Among the graduates were a half dozen education technology companies. CareerTu The growing number of Chinese e-commerce companies and their fight for eyeballs has created a business opportunity for Ruiwan Xu and her team at New York-based CareerTu. In 2018, it claimed about 6,000 paying one who altogether brought the company $500,000 in revenue. That’s one of the core philosophies behind his company, Edyst. What’s the latest from the Y?

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

Edsurge

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.

Mindful Tracking Cookie Policies Improve K—12 Data Security

EdTech Magazine

We talk about this in terms of URLs and tracking, but what we are tracking is bits and pieces of people’s lives being sent off into black boxes to be used in ways that we don’t know,” Bill Fitzgerald, a blogger who discovered tracking cookies hidden in an education product from Edmodo, told EdSurge.

Massive Data Breaches, Billions in Wasted Funds: Who Is Holding Edtech Vendors Accountable?

Edsurge

We were victims of the FAFSA breach, now we are victims again with Edmodo. Most recently, one of the most widely-used education technology companies, Edmodo, had records for. Often they read about these incidents on the news before receiving official notice from the district or company. “We Now we are victims again with Edmodo.” After the Edmodo breach, which she heard about first from news reports, she felt at a loss.

All the Upgrades and Updates From Apple, Google and More at ISTE 2018

Edsurge

Joining them were an additional 6,000 reps from companies big and small. Fractions covers math standards for grades 3-6 and features a storyline and what the company calls “personalized feedback” through an online tutor. The company describes it as a “digital, adaptive personalized learning solution.” The new company, owned by SDI Innovations, makes a robotic arm and a corresponding STEM curriculum. Look what the wind blew into the Windy City.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

Hack Education

When I first started working as a tech reporter, I assumed – naively – that venture capitalists were smart people who did thorough research before funding a company. I assumed that they looked to see if the company could do what it promised – financially, technologically. Its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, dropped out of Stanford to start the company when she was just 19. The companies that raised the most money this year: BYJU’s (tutoring): $540 million.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

At the time, I wrote about the importance of APIs; the issues surrounding data security and privacy; the appeal of platforms for users and businesses; and the education and tech companies who were well-positioned (or at least wanting) to become education platforms. Remember Edmodo?

“How’s It Going?” The Most Difficult Question for a Startup to Answer

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

However, compared to Edmodo’s 100-plus workforce , we’re tiny. Many people aren’t familiar with the inner workings of a young company—I know I wasn’t, before I founded Listenwise—and they might not be interested in hearing a full, in-depth explanation.

Autonomy Breeds Change

A Principal's Reflections

The inspiration for this idea came from Google’s 80/20 Innovation Model where engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally.

No Kidding: This Pre-Revenue Edtech Startup Just Raised $15M in Series B Funding

Edsurge

But the company has kept mum on specifics to everyone else, only sharing that it’s seen “viral growth across hundreds of thousands” of U.S. It took some time for the company to build all these tools. Last year, the company followed up with the aforementioned features that gave teachers more controls over assigning and grading students’ work. But that could change as the company rolls out its newest product, Kiddom Academy.

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Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test?

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Last summer, the San Francisco-based company invited several dozen educational publishers and organizations to create and sell materials to Quizlet users, as part of a closed beta program. Today, the company announced it is inviting any content creator, including individual educators, to apply for its Premium Content program. And the company regularly ranks in the Top 10 lists for downloads in the educational category in Apple’s and Google’s app stores. Content may be king.

How to Protect Education Data When No Systems Are Secure

Edsurge

As schools and districts increasingly rely on digital tools, what have companies and districts learned about safeguarding sensitive information? Survivors from high-profile breaches at two education technology companiesEdmodo and Schoolzilla—shared what they learned at the SF Edtech Meetup on Sept. The conversation focused on how companies and schools can create the protocols and culture to keep everyone smart and alert.

“Corporation” doesn’t have to be a dirty word

The Innovative Educator

I have had the pleasure to be involved with creating partnerships between innovative educators and the companies that provide them with resources. This currently includes companies like PBS, Common Sense Media, Google, and, Microsoft, SMART, and Edmodo. Unfortunately, for some, when the word corporation comes up, there is immediate distrust. This is a big PR problem that corporations need to take seriously.

Summer Learning Series-It's All About The Hashtag

The Web20Classroom

The first in the series was Collaborative Learning With Edmodo. Many TV shows, events, companies, and more are creating hashtags to monitor conversations and just generally engage with other followers.

Why It’s Okay To Be A Non-Techy Teacher by @Edsby

TeacherCast

Should individual teachers have to assess the pros and cons for themselves of systems like Edsby , Google Classroom, Edmodo, Schoology or Moodle? A given teacher might be using a handful of apps: for learning management (Edmodo?

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All Invited to Global Collaboration Day - September 17th!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We are encouraging students, teachers, organizations and companies to host virtual events involving technology on September 17, 2015. We would like invite you to join Global Collaboration Day , our first annual demonstration of global collaboration for educators.

Year in Review: Our Top Edtech Business Stories of 2018

Edsurge

But the company’s most compelling case for reclaiming pole position in the education market isn’t the tablet, argues EdSurge columnist Jin-Soo Huh. But has Pearson, the world’s biggest education company, finally turned the corner on its rocky digital transformation journey? Some of Coursera’s most popular courses aren’t taught by universities at all, but rather by its co-founder Andrew Ng, through his spin-off company, Deeplearning.ai.

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2018 Halftime Ka’Ching Report: U.S. Edtech Raises $739M in Venture Funding

Edsurge

edtech industry, that’s no big deal: In the first six months of 2018, 62 companies raised $739 million in venture capital. edtech company has hit the nine-figure mark in 2018: a $110 million round for Connexeo, a provider of administrative payment software for schools and community institutions. That’s followed by a trio of companies: tutoring marketplace Varsity Tutors, student loan service Commonbond and bootcamp provider Trilogy Education, which each raised $50 million.

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

techlearning

This follows the company’s recent integrations with Canvas and Schoology and its OneRoster alignment. Together, Edmodo and Clever make it easier for teachers to access Edmodo’s resources, save time planning lessons, and help students master concepts even faster.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Here are the education technology companies that have raised money from ISPs. I’d totally forgotten that Zynga was still a thing, but apparently the company has enough money to subsidize gaming courses. Edsurge writes that “U of Chicago, UPenn, Harvey Mudd Among Colleges to Join Scholarship App Raise.me ” but does not disclose that it shares investors with the company in question. The online training company has raised $76 million total.

5 Essential Tools for Protecting Student Privacy Online

Fractus Learning

More than 70 companies just signed a pledge to protect student data privacy. The Importance of Student Data Privacy – Edmodo blog. Overview. Protecting student privacy and making sure online environments are safe and secure is a very big deal.

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