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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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Public Edtech Companies Have Been Rare. These SPACs Will Change That.

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Publicly traded education technology companies are rare. as the remaining trio of prominent edtech companies on the U.S. CLAS.U), a special purpose acquisition company headed by CEO Michael Moe, raised $225 million in its IPO.

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Crises and Capital: The Top Edtech Business Stories of 2020

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The maker of the Canvas learning management system, which went public in 2015, announced a $2-billion offer from private equity firm Thoma Bravo last December. It may not be the only publicly traded edtech company to be taken private. to Recreate In-Person Learning, Online.

Quizlet Just Raised $30M at a $1 Billion Valuation. But Don’t Call It a Unicorn.

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Unicorns don’t exist, except as an analogy for private companies supposedly worth at least $1 billion. But Glotzbach’s point is that camels are hardy and steady—just as he hopes his company can be. Udemy ( $2B ). Education Technology Financing

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

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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. Dallas-based LoudCloud’s platforms include a competency-based courseware platform, a learning-analytics platform and services, an eReading product, and a learning management system.

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The Features And Benefits Of The XP-Pen Drawing Tablet In The Classroom

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Much of this has to do with fluctuating learning priorities where critical thinking and problem-solving skills for a future-ready, tech-savvy student body are given precedence. In short, the modern classroom requires students to have access to connectivity through technology.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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This is the second part of my much-abbreviated look at the stories that were told about education technology in 2018 – and in this case, the people who funded the storytellers. 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.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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The report is always a big deal in technology circles – “a tech industry event in its own right,” as Wired’s Steven Levy put it in 2012 – and many publications and pundits dutifully cover Meeker’s observations, often adding very little analysis of their own. ” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. Udemy (skills training) – $173 million.

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and her chief of staff, Elias ‘Ronnie’ Simmons, were charged Friday with 24 counts of fraud and other crimes that federal prosecutors said allowed them to use a charity as a ‘personal slush fund.’” An ex-Corinthian student is filing a federal class-action lawsuit against the firms that now own the private loans, as well as a collection company seeking to recoup the debt from borrowers.” The learn-to-code startup has raised $42.5

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Via Edsurge : “As LinkedIn ’s Video Library Grows, Company Says It Has No Plans to Compete With Colleges.” ” “The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that it will receive a $140 million gift from an alumnus who seeks to remain anonymous,” Inside Higher Ed reports. Udemy has a new CEO : “Kevin Johnson, former CEO of EBates, a marketplace for coupons and shopping discount deals.” Education Politics.

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” A ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union raises interesting questions about the ownership of student data : “Exam scripts and examiner’s corrections are personal data of the exam candidate.” ” Via The New York Times : “DeVos Abandons Plan to Allow One Company to Service Federal Student Loans.” ” Not sure why these are the four, but there you go: Udemy , Lynda , Coursera , and Skillshare.

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Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” She promises that every kid will learn to code (of course) by having the private sector train CS teachers. From the edX blog : “How to be a Better Learner: Determine Your Learning Style.” Elsewhere in MOOC research… From Campus Technology : “Grouping MOOC Students by Communication Mode Doesn’t Help Completion.” ” Try learning styles, maybe.

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