K-12 Dealmaking: PowerSchool Acquires Haiku Learning; Jefferson Education Partners with Fishtree

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PowerSchool continued its acquisition streak with the purchase of Haiku Learning; in addition, Jefferson Education announced a partnership with Fishtree, and digital writing solution provider Citelighter gained additional funding. PowerSchool Purchases Haiku Learning: The K-12 education solutions provider acquired Haiku Learning , provider of a cloud-based learning management and classroom collaboration solution designed to meet the needs of K-12 educators.

Pear Deck Raises $4M to Jazz Up Digital Presentations in the Classroom

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Founded in 2014, Pear Deck lets teachers create and share multimedia-rich digital presentations, which students can access on their devices and respond to through text, drawings and other interactive features. The tool can display students’ responses in real-time anonymously on the class monitor, or privately on the teacher’s dashboard. Pear Deck files are also easily shared across teachers’ and students’ Drive folders.

PowerSchool Buys Chalkable, Tops $200 Million in Acquisition Spending

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Ever since Pearson sold PowerSchool in June 2015, the two companies have embarked on very different paths. The once venerable publisher axed several high-profile (and profitable) businesses in the Financial Times and The Economist as part of efforts to transform itself into a digital learning business. PowerSchool , meanwhile, has been eagerly buying pieces as it marches to “build a unified classroom” data management system, in the words of company CEO, Hardeep Gulati.