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Sim Shagaya’s uLesson African edtech startup raises $3.1M

Sim Shagaya’s uLesson African edtech startup raises .1M Nigerian founder Sim Shagaya is back with a new startup —  uLesson — that has raised a $3.1 million seed round led by TLcom Capital. The venture is integrating mobile platforms, SD cards, culture-specific curriculum and a network of tutors to bridge educational gaps […]

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More layoffs at pivoting London ed tech startup pi-top

More layoffs at pivoting London ed tech startup pi-top London ed tech startup pi-top has gone through another round of layoffs, TechCrunch has learned. Pi-top confirmed that eight jobs have been cut in the London office, saying the job losses resulted from “restructuring our business to focus on the U.S. education market.” […]

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Where top VCs are investing in edtech

Where top VCs are investing in edtech Education is a $4 trillion market globally in urgent need of overall — so where within education are top venture capitalists optimistic about startups building large businesses by providing new solutions? According to EdSurge, $1.45 billion of venture capital (a mere 1.1% of the $130 […]

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Google discloses its acquisition of mobile learning app Socratic as it relaunches on iOS

Google discloses its acquisition of mobile learning app Socratic as it relaunches on iOS Google publicly disclosed its acquisition of homework helper app Socratic in an announcement this week, detailing the added support for the company’s A.I. technology and its relaunch on iOS. The acquisition apparently flew under the radar — Google […]

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Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in edtech startups, Zoobean and Unruly Studios

Amazon’s Alexa Fund invests in edtech startups, Zoobean and Unruly Studios Two edtech companies, Zoobean and Unruly Studios, are the latest to receive investment from Amazon’s Alexa Fund — Amazon’s corporate venture fund focused on fueling innovation in voice technologies, and specifically, integrations with Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa. Zoobean, which you may […]

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Online learning platform Unacademy gets $21M Series C from Sequoia India, SAIF and Nexus

Online learning platform Unacademy gets M Series C from Sequoia India, SAIF and Nexus Unacademy founders Roman Saini, Gaurav Munjal and Hemesh Singh Bangalore-based Unacademy will add more educators to its online learning platform, which claims to be India’s largest, after closing a $21 million Series C. The funding comes from Sequoia […]

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Microsoft acquires social learning platform Flipgrid

Microsoft acquires social learning platform Flipgrid Microsoft has acquired Flipgrid, a social education app that utilizes short video clips to create collaborative lesson plans. The Minneapolis-based startup, which began life as Vidku, has had strong growth for an experience that has been alternatively described as Instagram and Snapchat for the classroom. Early […]

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Education technology is a global opportunity

Education technology is a global opportunity {$inline_image}  Education used to be simple: there was a blackboard, a teacher and desks in a classroom. Today, a student can practice English online, upload homework through a portal and learn chemistry through 3D immersion — such is the rise of educational technologies. And nowhere is the […]

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AltSchool wants to change how kids learn, but fears that it’s failing students are surfacing

AltSchool wants to change how kids learn, but fears that it’s failing students are surfacing  It’s not just parents who have growing concerns about AltSchool, however. Educators also question whether AltSchool is the next best thing in education, or whether instead the for-profit company could hamper the prospects of the children with […]

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Google revamps Science Journal app with new sensors and iOS support

Google revamps Science Journal app with new sensors and iOS support  Last year, Google released a fun app that let curious kids perform a handful of science experiments by monitoring light, sound, and motion using a smartphone. Following some feedback, the app has been updated with a more open-ended approach, allowing kids […]

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