Bigger Deals, Bigger Bets: EdTech Venture Funding Trends Continue in 2018

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With more than 4 billion users now connected to the internet, 50% of the global population (Forbes, December 2018), it is not surprising that the education sector has embraced devices and software to interact, engage, and enhance the learning environment for students.

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

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Its software aims to capture and analyze key behavioral and performance metrics from students, allowing educators to monitor and improve student outcomes. Disclosed angel investors include executives from Apple, Dropbox, Blackboard, and Udemy, according to various news reports. In recent dealmaking news, Barnes & Noble Education acquired LoudCloud Systems and ed-tech startup Volley Labs raised $2.3

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The Business of Education Technology

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Online education (admittedly, a very generic category): Investments include Udemy ($60,000,000), DigiSchool ($15,700,000), MasterClass ($15,000,000), UNICAF ($12,000,000), OpenClassroom ($6,740,000). The pressure to move towards digital assessments has fueled schools’ investments in hardware and software more than any other argument about the importance of ed-tech. The learning management system is a piece of “enterprise” software after all.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The bill will be a massive revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. That class is produced by language learning software maker Rosetta Stone. Online video portal Udemy announced that it has raised $3 million Adaptive learning company Knewton announced a massive round of fundraising: $33 million.