Tony Wan

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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Google, Facebook, Amazon Among Tech Titans Committing $300 Million to K-12 Computer Science

A gaggle of technology companies joined Ivanka Trump in Detroit this morning to commit more than $300 million to K-12 computer science education programs.According to the Internet Association, a lobbying group for the industry, the following companies will donate the following amounts during the next five years:

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How to Protect Education Data When No Systems Are Secure

Nothing is sacred—or secure—when it comes to data. Breaches have become a fact of life as they indiscriminately target the digital services that we rely on, from Equifax to Target, Ebay to Yahoo. Schools increasingly find themselves in the crosshairs as well. More than 207 incidents have targeted K-12 public schools since January 2016, according to this tally from industry consultant Doug Levin.

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ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

“Everyone’s worried about people having to learn how to code,” notes Eileen Murphy. But “there’s an even more basic level of literacy that people need to pick up,” notes the former English teacher and administrator. “Like how to write an email.”

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Peter Thiel May Finally Get His Flying Cars, Thanks to a New Udacity Nanodegree in 2018

Peter Thiel once complained he was promised flying cars, but had to settle for 140 characters instead. Perhaps the Silicon Valley tech billionaire should learn how to build one himself—and sign up for a class from Udacity.At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this week in San Francisco, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company announced two new “nanodegree” offerings: an introductory program for self-driving cars and, yes, another one for flying cars.

Here Are the 5 Finalists for the $15M XPRIZE Global Learning Challenge

In the course of developing tools to help children in Africa build literacy and numeracy skills, Sooinn Lee learned something herself. “We had a photo function in our tool that lets children take pictures,” she says. “But none of the children had seen a camera before, and had no concept of what to do with the feature. So we took it out.”

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Carnegie Learning Bets Big on Coding With Acquisition of Globaloria

It’s a pairing as natural as letters and numbers, math and coding, the founders of Carnegie Learning and Globaloria would say.Today, Carnegie Learning announced that it has acquired Globaloria, a New York-based provider of computer science curriculum and professional development for K-12 schools and districts. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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