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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.

Can Entrepreneurs Balance Educational and Financial Returns?

At the University of Pennsylvania, the Graduate School of Education is located directly beside the Wharton School, the campus’ business school. As a master’s student at Penn GSE during the past year, I often considered popping in next door, attending events at Wharton or even taking electives there to explore my interest in the cross-section of education and business.What I soon discovered, however, was that the close proximity of the two schools belies a relationship between two disciplines that is often contentious.

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New Company Says by Using Its Service, Students Can Test Classroom Tech Before Arriving on Campus

Wayland Baptist University professor Don Ashley received a call this week from a student saying she couldn't log in to her learning management system (LMS), preventing her from attending a live online lesson.

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Modeled on Zillow, Edmit Wants to Help Families Make Financially Savvier College Decisions

Edmit wants to do for college-shopping what Zillow is for homes and what Truecar is for automobiles.Startups can be smitten with analogies, so this is what Nick Ducoff, the Boston-based startup’s cofounder, aims to do: help students make financially savvier decisions about where to go to college. The tool lets users compare how much their peers are paying at different institutions.

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Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments

We’re pleased to share this year’s Edtech Outlook, a data-rich dive into the state of education technology with case studies into emerging-frontier innovations.

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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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Coding and Maker Nonprofits Merge, Expanding Influence in the Computer Science Space

Today Code/Interactive, a New York City-based nonprofit known for their work training coders and teacher professional development, announced its merger with another New York City nonprofit, Mouse, a youth technology and engineering organization, popular for its middle school makerspaces.

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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.

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’

If Blade Runner had a classroom scene, it might look something like the promotional video by BrainCo, Inc. Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. The video’s narrator explains: “School administrators can use big data analysis to determine when students are better able to concentrate.”

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