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ClassDojo Goes ‘Beyond School’ to Launch First Monetization Feature for Parents

Most investors want to exit their investments and get a financial return within seven years. It’s taken ClassDojo that long to announce its first paid offering.

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Struggling College-Pathway Provider Quad Learning Pivots and Sells

An experiment to create an inexpensive pathway for students to attend prestigious, four-year universities ended up costing one company a lot of money. As a result, it has pivoted from its original mission and has been sold—at a fraction of the venture capital it raised.

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Education Looks Eastward: Snapshots from Beijing's Global Education Technology Summit

Beijing—China is a different world when it comes to education and tech. Teachers are revered, most families spend about a third of their income on their children’s education, and most students spend at least an hour a day on some kind of online learning.

The Rise of Early-Career Enhancers in Education

General Assembly, a bootcamp, will help you master new skills in design, marketing, technology and data—and offer to help you get a job.Udacity, an online-learning platform, helps you learn the latest in deep learning, machine learning, and web development—and promises it will help you qualify for your dream career.

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Edtech Incubators are Fading. Here’s What Will Replace Them.

Edtech startup incubators? That’s so 2010.That’s the conclusion reached by Barbara (“Bobbi”) Kurshan, a long-time veteran of the education technology world.

The Uphill Battles Facing Asia’s Education Technology Startups

Japan has earned a reputation for exporting successful products and services from different industries. In technology, Sony and Nintendo are among the most internationally recognized brands. In education, the tutoring center Kumon has franchises across the world.

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A Test Worth Teaching To? How a College Dropout Plans to Replace the SAT and ACT

Rebecca Kantar is fighting an uphill battle. She says so herself.The 26-year-old entrepreneur has set out to replace the standardized tests that are deeply entrenched in K-12 and higher education, like the SAT and ACT, and she tells EdSurge her efforts to do so are sure to spark controversy.

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MinecraftEdu Creators Struggle to Find a Second Hit

As The Verve and Billy Ray Cyrus can probably tell you, a second hit is far from guaranteed. The makers of the once-popular MinecraftEdu know a thing about it too.

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A New $5M Investment Fund for Higher-Ed Startups Launches—With Strings Attached

A new $5 million investment fund launched this month to support startups building tools to scale online learning. But for entrepreneurs seeking to tap into this pot, there’s a catch.Companies that take investment have to agree not to sell their products to a list of colleges that includes Arizona State University, Purdue University Global, Southern New Hampshire University and Western Governors University.

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Months After Raising $27M, Education Startup Yogome Shuts Down Amid Fraud Allegations

In mid-September this year, Yogome, an educational startup founded in Mexico that also operates in San Francisco, held a multi-day bash of team meetings and parties for its all employees in Mexico City.Then a couple weeks later came the hangover: the company board said it had uncovered evidence of financial misconduct and would abruptly shut down the company.

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