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​Nonprofit Edtech Research Center Waterford Institute Acquires Curriculet
CURRICULET, a self-guided digital reading platform that shut its doors in June, has new plans in store. Nonprofit edtech and research center Waterford Institute today announced it has acquired the San Francisco-based startup for an undisclosed amount. Under its new ownership, Curriculet’s platform will initially become part of the Waterford curriculum focusing on third to sixth grade students, and later the acquirer plans to offer Curriculet’s program features through grade 12...
Eagle Eye Networks CEO Dean Drako Acquires K-12 Social Network Livingtree
LIVINGTREE, a private social network for K-12 schools, teachers and parents, today announced its acquisition by Dean Drako, CEO of Eagle Eye Networks. Founded in 2012, LivingTree’s structured, or “hierarchical,” platform mimics the organization of the K-12 educational system and allows teachers, schools and districts to engage students and families through sharing posts as well as photos, documents and emails in more than 100 languages...
Online Education Platform Treehouse Announces $1M Scholarship Program
THE GIVING TREE(HOUSE): It’s no secret that the tech industry has a problem with its lack of diversity. Online education platform Treehouse knows this, and today announced one of the ways it’s hoping to combat the issue. The Portland, Ore.-based company, which provides classes including web design and coding, introduced a $1 million scholarship program focusing on nonprofits that support people with disabilities, socio-economic challenges, veterans and populations that are underrepresented in tech...
NY Revs the Edtech Scene
Augmented reality lessons, one-to-one language tutoring via video and an app that helps students create portfolios of their extracurricular work will be among the highlighted startups during the NY Edtech Week, "a global education innovation festival in New York City celebrating education entrepreneurship," slated to take place at New York University from Dec...
Google Acquires Learning Platform for Cloud Skills
QWIKLABS, a platform for learning about cloud technologies and software, has been acquired by Google. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Google tells TechCrunch it will use the Qwiklabs platform to train people on all of its cloud products, including G Suite. Until now, most learners have used Qwiklabs to get up to speed on Amazon’s AWS platform...
UNICAF Receives $12 Million to Provide Online University Degrees in Africa
UNICAF, an online university degree company, today announced it has received a combined $12 million from investors University Ventures, CDC Group and Savannah Fund, an early stage venture capital firm based in Nairobi, Kenya. Founded in 2012, UNICAF seeks to make quality higher education and university degrees more affordable for working professionals in Africa...
Student Career Network Handshake Raises $20 Million in Series B Funding
SHAKE ON IT: A liaison for students and their job prospects, Handshake today announced that it has raised $20 million led by Spark Capital in a Series B funding round. Founded in 2013, the San Francisco-based company offers university career centers a platform where employers and students can connect and share information...
Firefly Scores $5.6 Million to Further Online Learning Tools for Schools
SO FLY: Education technology startup Firefly has raised $5.6 million (£4.5 million) in a Series A round led by BGF Ventures, which contributed of $3.7 million (£3 million), and Beringea, The Tech Portal reports. The London-based company says the money will be used to further develop their product—an online tool that lets teachers track, mark and share resources with students and parents—and double the size of its now 50-person staff...