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2018 Halftime Ka’Ching Report: U.S. Edtech Raises $739M in Venture Funding

So far, there have been fewer home-run funding deals than last year. But for the U.S. edtech industry, that’s no big deal: In the first six months of 2018, 62 companies raised $739 million in venture capital.

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Swing Education Raises $15 Million to Connect More Schools With Substitute Teachers

Teacher shortages in the U.S. have been well-documented. But sometimes, what’s harder than finding full-time teachers is finding substitutes who can fill in for them.That’s an issue that Joan O’ Neill, a human resources manager at Menlo Park City School District in California, knows all too well. Recently, her team has been turning to Swing Education, a marketplace of sorts for substitute teachers, to fill those open roles.

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Microsoft Hopes to Revive Its Education Tablet Efforts With the New $399 Surface Go

For much of this decade, the narrative of tech giants battling to sell devices in U.S. K-12 classrooms has pitted Apple against Google. But through an ongoing series of product launches and acquisitions, Microsoft has been making its case to be the dark horse in the race.

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The Gates Foundation Spent $200M+ Trying to Improve Teacher Performance, and All It Got Was This Report

In 2009, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invested hundreds of millions to see whether “value-added” models could be used to evaluate, inform and improve teachers’ effectiveness in improving student outcomes. The most valuable thing it learned may have come from a report offering a blunt answer: no.

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AdvancED to Merge With Assessment Maker, Measured Progress to Form $120M Nonprofit

Two national education nonprofits whose school improvement and assessment tools impact millions of students across the country are merging. Today, AdvancED and Measured Progress announced plans to combine their school support and data tools underneath one entity.

In Tynker’s Partnership With Mattel, Kids Can Undertake Maker Careers With Barbie

Musician. Astronaut. Pastry Chef. Robotics Engineer. Farmer. Beekeeper. Those are the six “professions” kids will be able to undertake alongside Barbie, the job-hopping doll known for her many careers, in a new class on Tynker, a platform that teaches children how to code.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

With the two last directors of the federal Office of Education Technology, Richard Culatta and Joseph South, at the helms of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), it is no surprise that the organization is seeking to expand and rebrand.ISTE is traditionally known for its annual edtech conference, which draws as many as 15,000 people each year. But for the new leaders of the nonprofit, the goal is to build a community of education-technology enthusiasts that interact year-round.

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Google’s 12 Education Updates Include Classwork and a (Slight) Classroom Makeover

When Google’s education users return to schools this fall, their classrooms may look different in more ways than one.

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Another Coding Bootcamp, Learners Guild, Bites the Dust

Another coding bootcamp has kicked the bucket. Learners Guild, which offered a 10-month program for aspiring software engineers, has shut down.The following note now appears on the website of the Oakland, California-based company:“Nearly three years ago, we set out to create a radically accessible program whereby anyone with the will and determination to do so could become a software developer. Unfortunately, we were unable to find a sustainable business model, and as such, we have ceased operations.”

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Microsoft Buys Video-Discussion Platform Flipgrid

A video-discussion platform originally started by a University of Minnesota professor to keep in touch with students for a course he was teaching has been purchased by tech giant Microsoft.

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