EdTech Pioneer Flocabulary Taps Seasoned Leader


Before joining Flocabulary, he served as longtime COO and General Manager at BrainPOP, Interim President at Achieve3000, and as Executive Director of Operations at Kaplan Test Prep. Flocabulary , a learning platform that brings the K-12 curriculum to life through its standards-aligned hip-hop videos, today announced the appointment of Din Heiman as president. Heiman brings 15 years of education management experience to Flocabulary, which is used in more than 25,000 schools nationwide.

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New Markets Venture Partner’s Latest Edtech Fund Closes at $68 Million


And according to Palmer’s research, 21 of the 23 largest exits in the edtech industry have come from companies based outside of New York or the San Francisco Bay Area. It also gives the foundation a lens into the challenging realities of the edtech startup ecosystem. New Markets’ Market Forecast Over the years, New Markets’ Palmer, whose career includes stints at Microsoft, Kaplan and the Gates Foundation, has learned to read market cues from federal legislation.

Fueled by Big Rounds, Edtech Funding Surges to $887M in First Half of 2017


edtech companies last year, the dollars returned with a fury during the first six months of 2017. edtech startups is already at 88 percent of the total in 2016 ( which was $1 billion ). The strategy has worked for a few older companies: Kaplan, for instance, began in the test-prep business and has since moved into higher education, corporate training (and a. Home-run bets and financial windfalls are rare in the edtech industry. The bull is back—or is it?

New Markets Venture Partners Adds $30 Million, Former Gates Foundation Executive to Edtech Fund


His career also includes stops at Microsoft, Schoolnet and Kaplan. New Markets has supported 43 companies since its launch in 2003; edtech startups make more than 90 percent of its deals in the past five years, Palmer adds. Investments in edtech companies in 2016 totalled $945 million, according to estimates from GSV Capital, less than half of the $2 billion tally last year. He expects to see media companies play a bigger role in snapping up promising edtech startups.

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U. of Arizona Bought a For-Profit U. for $1? Actually, the For-Profit Paid Millions to Be Acquired.


In 2017, Purdue University bought Kaplan University , also for $1. Kaplan University suddenly changed its name to Purdue University Global, and Kaplan, Inc. He agrees that the arrangement is similar to the one Purdue and Kaplan did.

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Why I’m Optimistic About the Next Wave of Education Technology


Although the pessimists correctly observe that many questionable edtech startups have been over-funded and over-hyped these past few years (and some of the biggest are likely to crash to Earth in the near future), it’s simultaneously true that the next decade is likely to see the birth and growth of some of the most transformative education companies of this century. More than 80 percent of the edtech startups created in the past five years will not survive through 2020.

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The Past Decade Forecasts a New Wave of Economic Opportunity in Education


Maia Sharpley’s career in education includes serving in executive positions with the New York City Department of Education, Kaplan and Charter Schools USA. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

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Stale Words and Hackneyed Ideas That Make Edtech Investors Cringe


Dreamit Edtech network to get their “lemon lists” of concepts, statements, and business models that edtech entrepreneurs may want to think twice—or thrice—about. Kaplan , Princeton Review , Tutor.com … the list goes on and on. So now that you know how to make an edtech investor cringe… please don’t. Education Technology Investors Edtech Business

Using Augmented Reality for Engaging Learning Experiences


This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Kaplan Early Learning. Kaplan Early Learning Company is a leading international provider of products and services that enhance children’s learning. edWeb Blog augmented reality early learning edtechAugmented reality is emerging in the education space as a tool for motivating children to learn. Using this 3D technology can help students significantly whether they’re struggling to learn reading or math, or just to engage.

New U Venture Partners Gets a New Partner, Name and Investment Scope


She joined in 2018 after serving as an executive at different education organizations including Kaplan, Charter Schools USA and the New York City Department of Education, where she worked under then-chancellor Joel Klein. New U Venture Partners is getting a new partner.

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


So far 30 such content creators have been green-lighted, ranging from high-school teachers and college professors, to brand-name publishers including Kaplan, Penguin Random House, Oxford University Press and Pearson, which is selling a handful of English vocabulary materials. Today, the graveyard of K-12 edtech marketplaces is littered with stalled attempts, many from companies that are no longer around. Education Technology Startups Edtech BusinessContent may be king.

?Another Major Coding Bootcamp, Iron Yard, Announces Closure


Dev Bootcamp, a Kaplan-owned coding bootcamp pioneer, announced last week that it will be closing its doors in December. Education Technology Enterprises Edtech BusinessThe Iron Yard, a Greenville, S.C.-based based coding bootcamp, is closing up shop. The school wrote in a blog post today that it will be ceasing operations at all of its 15 campuses around the U.S. after its current 12-week session finishes. “In

Curriculum Associates’ CEO Rob Waldron Appointed to the Association of Test Publishers’ CEO Council

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Prior to joining Curriculum Associates, Rob served as CEO of Jumpstart, a national nonprofit preparing preschoolers from low-income backgrounds for success, and as CEO of the K12 tutoring division of Kaplan Education.

A Welder of Digital Curriculum Companies Buys Its Latest


He ran Kaplan as its CEO from 1994 to 2008, during which he oversaw 67 acquisitions and more than doubled the company’s revenue—to nearly $2 billion —by the time he left. The Kaplan Connection With Glynlyon under its fold, Grayer claims that Weld North Education’s suite of tools will reach more than 6 million U.S. Coincidentally, all three competitors are currently run by CEOs who previously worked at Kaplan, he noted.

Coding Startup Treehouse Trims Staff to ‘Cross the Chasm to Profitability’


It last raised $7 million in a Series B round led by Kaplan Ventures. Education Technology Startups Edtech BusinessJust as plants are pruned to support longer, healthier lives, Treehouse , an online coding education startup, is trimming down. Today, the Portland, Ore.-based based company laid off 22 of its 104 employees, amounting to 21 percent of its team. The company offers online courses in business, design and web and mobile programming.

Silver Lake Acquires Majority Stake in Weld North’s Digital Curriculum Business


The former Kaplan executive, who served as its CEO from 1994 to 2008, oversaw 67 acquisitions that turned the test-prep business into a global education services provider. In 2010, he pooled his own money with KKR, a private equity firm, to launch Weld North , which has since acquired another 16 edtech companies (and invested in 4 others). Currently, he predicts, the financiers in the edtech industry will focus on consolidating revenue-generating businesses.

Teachers Are Turning to AI Solutions for Assistance

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SIGN UP: Get more news from the EdTech newsletter in your inbox every two weeks! Small and mid-sized districts tend to be the most facile and can move forward quicker,” says Alex Kaplan, global sales leader of IBM Watson Education. “A To get the most out of AI integration, Kaplan emphasizes the need for specific data sets , including grade books and assessments aligned to specific standards. Teachers Are Turning to AI Solutions for Assistance. eli.zimmerman_9856.

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After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education


Founded by former Kaplan executive Jonathan Grayer, Weld North has purchased 16 companies since 2010. Education Technology Mergers and Acquisitions Edtech BusinessThis week, two online math instructional developers found themselves in the crosshairs of private equity firms. One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund. The other slipped by the newswire with little more than a peep.

?Dev Bootcamp Community Reacts to Closure Decision


That was one of the reasons that led to its sale to Kaplan in 2014. John-Michael Murphy had just finished up a long day of assessments on Wednesday evening when he received an email with some unexpected news. His school, Dev Bootcamp, wrote that it would be shutting down about three months after his graduation this summer. “I I was at first shocked, and then felt sad realizing that DBC will no longer be,” Murphy tells EdSurge.

gener8tor and ECMC Group’s Inaugural OnRamp Education & Workforce Innovation Accelerator Cohort Addresses Learning & Labor Challenges with Creative, Tech-first Solutions

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We view OnRamp as a critical forum for connecting edtech and workforce startups to funding during a time when many similar venues have disappeared.”. Each Startup in the Accelerator Will Receive a $100K Cash Investment, Three-month Coaching Program & Other Resources.

Microcredentials and Macro-dollars: How an Online Ad Led 2U's Chip Paucek to Make a $120M Bet


Even the sale of Kaplan University to Purdue University represents a different competitive approach. I did say to the CEO of Kaplan, who's a good friend, "Welcome to our space." Education Technology Enterprises Edtech BusinessChip Paucek is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. After two other startups sputtered, Paucek cofounded and runs 2U, which made its debut on the public market in March 2014. It closed that first day at $13.90 and has since grown to more than $50 a share.

Ranku Acquired By Wiley to Help Colleges Market Online Degrees


In 2013, co-founders and childhood friends Kim Taylor and Cecilia Retelle started Ranku out of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator, raising $500,000 in seed funding led by Mark Cuban, GSV and Microsoft Ventures. Seattle-based software company Ranku announced today its acquisition by academic publishing company John Wiley & Sons. Ranku offers a recruitment platform using predictive analytics to help colleges increase online degree enrollment.

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Yes There’s ‘Disruption’ in College Market, But the Bigger Trend Is Growth of ‘Enabler’ Companies


Consider that of the very small number of edtech firms that have successfully gone public over the last decade, two of the recent successes include 2U and Instructure – firms that provide services or technologies for their university partners to deliver their core academic programs. While it is something of an outlier, the r ecent purchase of for-profit Kaplan University by Purdue University is one of the clearest examples of the ascendance of service-oriented enablement businesses.

April 22 Learning Revolution Mini-Conference: Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning: Survive, Thrive, & Plan for What Comes Next

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She also holds two Master of Science Degrees in Higher Education minoring in Teaching and Learning and Online Technology from Kaplan University now Purdue University. In 2013 Candy received the honor of being awarded Educator-of-the-Year at the Maryland Campus of Kaplan University.

Higher Ed Has Now Split Into Dual Economies: Online and Traditional


Just the other day, Purdue University, in partnership with Kaplan and edX, announced three new MOOC-based engineering degrees for under $25,000. Online, operating only in the air above, without a physical campus below, academic investments are limited to less than a handful of budget lines--instruction, course design and edtech software. The university is often portrayed as a place where young men and women loaf freely on a soft, grassy quad under a noble bell tower.


This Year’s ASU+GSV Summit Is Hard to Describe. Here’s Our Best Attempt.


This is the edtech industry’s premier financial conversation, packed with more than 4,100 people and 350 CEOs. It’s led by a tandem of familiar faces in the edtech investing scene: Learn Capital partner-and-everyman Michael Staton, and Don Burton, who has built his own portfolio of dozens of startups through his time running the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator and EDGE Edtech Accelerator. Morning yoga, evening karaoke. No, it’s not a spa vacation.

5 Factors Influencing Design in Digital Education (2013)


Edtech vendors are adopting the qualities and characteristics of consumer technologies. Amplify), New York Times (The Learning Network), The Washington Post (Kaplan Inc.), When we shift the focus of higher education from the physical classroom to the digital environment, design becomes a much greater factor in creating successful student experiences. Design, here, refers to graphic and industrial design, where aesthetics and function merge.

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

She also holds two Master of Science Degrees in Higher Education minoring in Teaching and Learning and Online Technology from Kaplan University now Purdue University. In 2013 Candy received the honor of being awarded Educator-of-the-Year at the Maryland Campus of Kaplan University.

SXSWedu 2017: Ones to Watch and What to Know


ESSA: What Edtech Providers Need to Know : Whiteboard Advisors Senior Vice President David DeSchryver and Education Week Senior Editor Sean Cavanagh break down one of the biggest federal education policies to pass in the last decade: the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). DeSchryver and Cavanagh will look at how ESSA is guiding the work of edtech companies now and in the future. How to Best Serve ELLs with Edtech : As the number of English Language Learners (ELL) in the U.S.


The BIG MentorMob Playlist of Curation Tools

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From their blog: "The MentorMob team will be spending the next 13 weeks in NYC participating in the Kaplan/TechStars EdTech Accelerator Program. I think I''ve mentioned before in a previous blog post called MentorMob & the Secrets of the Remix Mash-Up YouTube Generation that I came to MentorMob about a year after hearing of it from the amazing Dr. Joyce Valenza.

The Case for Learning Engineers in Education


We can begin to train more people on learning engineering fundamentals, to improve their own decision-making as teachers, teacher-trainers (teachers have minds too, so this is its own learning engineering challenge), purchasing decision-makers, publishers, edtech developers, venture and other funders, philanthropists, policymakers and more. Bror Saxberg is Chief Learning Officer of Kaplan Inc.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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” Via Inside Higher Ed : “ Kaplan Will Offer Free Online PSAT Prep.” EducationNext has also released its poll on education reform , and EdTech Strategies’ Doug Levin has strong words about the “ glitch in the Matrix ” involving its questions on blended learning. Education Politics. Via Education Week : “ Maine Gov.

Education Technology, Betsy DeVos, and the Innovation Gospel

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” “Her articulated commitment to trying different approaches to teaching and learning may bode well for the field of edtech,” Penn GSE’s Barbara Kurshan said in Forbes. ” “ Is Your Edtech Product a Refrigerator or Washing Machine? There were many questions about the faculty of Kaplan too – would they become employees of the state of Indiana?

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More on last week’s Purdue and Kaplan deal: “ Purdue ’s deal for Kaplan U trades a long-term business relationship for low up-front costs while raising worries – especially among faculty groups – about blurred lines between public and private higher ed,” Inside Higher Ed reports. ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “There’s a Reason the Purdue - Kaplan Deal Sounds Too Good to Be True.” Education Politics.