Tony Wan

Illuminate Education Acquires Homegrown Data Visualization Tool, eduCLIMBER

What began as a husband-and-wife skunkworks project in rural Wisconsin four years ago has now become absorbed into an education data company that boasts millions of users across 44 states.In 2013, systems engineer Matt Harris wrote a program to help his wife, a school psychologist, collect and analyze data to help her students. From there the tool spread via word of mouth, and within six months the pet project became a company, eduCLIMBER, where Matt was CEO.

Learning Games Startup, Motion Math Moves to a New Home: Curriculum Associates

In its 48-year history, Curriculum Associates has acquired only one company. That count will now double, thanks to the addition of a small team that has navigated the twists and turns in the educational gaming market over the past seven years.The North Billerica, Mass.-based developer of instructional and assessment materials has acquired San Francisco startup Motion Math, which offers a suite of nine educational games focused on math and problem-solving.

Panorama Education Raises $16M to Connect Emotional, Academic Wellbeing With Data

Panorama Education’s first product was a survey tool that let students speak up about their learning environment. Kids could let teachers and administrators know how they really felt about things like safety and school climate.

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Hero K12 Mints Its First Acquisition: School Enrollment Startup, SchoolMint

Private equity firms can be ruthlessly quick and efficient in their quest to maximize profitability. So it’s no surprise that Hero K12, which recently received $150 million from BV Investment Partners with explicit marching orders to buy assets, has started splurging.

Owl Ventures’ New $185M Edtech Fund Has Global Backers—and Ambitions

Fueled by an explosion of broadband access, education software and, of course, the irresistible allure of financial returns, investors across the world want a slice of the U.S. edtech industry.Those are a few of the favorable trends that Tory Patterson, a co-founder and managing partner at Owl Ventures, believes has helped his team close a $185 million education investment fund in a “reasonably quick” amount of time.

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What Bill Gates Learned About U.S. Education in 17 Years—and Why He’s Investing $1.7B More

Bill and Melinda Gates have poured billions of dollars into efforts to shape U.S. K-12 education over the past 17 years. So what’s $1.7 billion more? In his keynote address at the Council of the Great City Schools conference in Cleveland this week, the Microsoft co-founder reflected on some lessons learned about education reform, along with plans to “invest close to $1.7 billion in U.S. public education over the next five years.”

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The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies.

Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator

Humanity’s future may well be in Africa, where 60 percent of the population are under the age of 25. Yet their prospects are perilous. In 2012, 30 million primary-age children (or 1 out of 5) in sub-Saharan Africa did not attend any school.

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NYC Keeps Its Edtech Accelerator Revving With New Funders and Markets

New York City never sleeps and, apparently, neither does its effort to galvanize the education technology startup ecosystem. Today, the Big Apple’s edtech accelerator—a collaborative effort by New York University, venture capital firm Rethink Education, and StartEd, an industry network—announced the next dozen startups for its three-month program.

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20 By 2020: Quizlet’s Big Revenue Ambitions From Third-Party Content Partners

For its first 10 years, Quizlet was humming along just fine. The bootstrapped, San Francisco-based company claimed it was profitable thanks to its free popular digital flashcards, for which users could pay an annual subscription to get additional features. Then—and now—it ranked among the top 25 most popular U.S. websites, according to Quantcast.

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