“Technology Tools for Online Education” Mini Book and Udemy Course Released

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Written by Paul Richards, live streaming and video production expert and Chief Streaming Officer for StreamGeeks and PTZOptics, the all-new guide can be used as a reference for education leaders to learn new ways to engage with students online.

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K-12 Dealmaking: Udemy, Tynker Raise Funds; PeopleAdmin Acquires TeacherMatch

Marketplace K-12

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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Are SPOCs a better option for online education than MOOCs?

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This means a world of students getting close to equal rights to education, not being constrained by the boundaries of the physical classroom, and encouraged to pursue active learning. MOOC platforms like Coursera, Udemy, or Udacity, have massive numbers of enrolled students in their courses, yet a shamefully low number of graduates. Students have trouble with self-regulation, setting their learning goals and sticking to their learning path.

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

Marketplace K-12

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. PASCO Acquires Ergopedia: PASCO Scientific , a provider of science education solutions, acquired Ergopedia , a Boston-based developer of interactive technologies that seeks to enable hands-on learning in science and engineering classrooms.

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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. Schools Drop Acellus Learning Platform Over ‘Glaring’ Offensive Content. 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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Udemy ( $2B ). Its recent investments include language-learning app Duolingo, along with Byju’s and Ruangguru, widely used in India and Indonesia, respectively. To build tools that can approximate what a personal tutor can provide, Quizlet is banking on its large swath of usage data.

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

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And even though there are unicorns—Coursera, Course Hero, Duolingo and Udemy among them—they may not command those levels of dollars from public-market investors. In the next 24 months, you’re going to see more public companies in the digital learning space,” Moe predicts. “It’s

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Why We Don't Need a 'Netflix for Education'

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Comments from both established learning companies like McGraw-Hill , as well as more recent entrants like D2L and Udemy , reveal a strong push among edtech companies seeking to position themselves as "education's answer to Netflix." The future of learning—we are repeatedly told—is found in personalized instruction, a term often interpreted as delivering educational content tailored to learners' preferences, interests, and schedules.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. There is much to learn from the Meeker report. There may be no better example of this in 2017 than “personalized learning.” “Personalized learning,” we must imagine if we believe DeVos’s lyricism here, will be shinier. Liulishuo (language learning) – $100 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.’” ” Via The LA Times : “ UC Berkeley chancellor under investigation for alleged misuse of public funds, personal use of campus fitness trainer.” A “ personalized learning explainer ” from Mindwire Consulting.

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Udemy has a new CEO : “Kevin Johnson, former CEO of EBates, a marketplace for coupons and shopping discount deals.” “ Gates , Zuckerberg Philanthropies Team Up on Personalized Learning ,” Education Week reports. Coursera has raised another $64 million in funding from GSV Asset Management, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lampert Foundation, Learn Capital, and New Enterprise Associates. 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.” ” Online Education and the Once and Future “MOOC” Via Edsurge : “As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options.” Spoiler alert: it’s about learning how to teach differently.).

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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.” ” Try learning styles, maybe. “ What We Learned From Talking with 100 MOOC Students ” by Justin Reich (and George Veletsianos and Laura Pasquini). Education Politics.

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