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VIF Learning Acquires K-12 Resource Search Engine Participate Learning

VIF International, a K-12 professional development company, has acquired Participate Learning, a teacher resource aggregator and search engine. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Curriculet Closes Shop

Curriculet, which over the past four years built a platform where students can read digital books, articles and take quizzes, will be closing its doors this summer.

In an
email sent to users on the afternoon of May 24, Jason Singer, CEO and co-founder of the San Francisco-based startup, announced that “Curriculet will be turning off the lights and shuttering our service on June 17th.”

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Amid Fast Growth, ?Accelerate Learning Raises $10M Series A for International Expansion

What’s in a name? For Accelerate Learning, it’s a prediction. The company is gaining speed.The latest boost comes in the form of venture capital. Owl Ventures has invested $10 million of Series A funding in the company. Accelerate, founded at Rice University in Houston, TX, makes STEMscopes and other STEM resources for preK-12 students and teachers.

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Investors Put $2.3M in Bloomz, a School Communication App That Can Satiate Helicopter Parents

Educators know parents can influence how students perform in school. Yet parents often lament about how little they know about what their kids are actually doing in class. In recent years, many entrepreneurs have developed apps that aim to help open this black box for parents. ClassDojo and Remind are often cited, but others like ParentSquare and TalkingPoints are also competing for attention

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Edtech’s Next Significant Impact: Health and Wellness

When we think about the field of educational technology, our thoughts typically remain within the traditional arenas. We think about devices in classrooms, online learning tools, supplemental platforms in higher education or corporate learning management systems. But this focus on the traditional ignores a category where edtech has the potential to make an equally massive impact: health and wellness.

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Powerful Pilots: 5 Keys to Getting Them Ready, Set and Going

The old adage “it’s better to give than receive” didn’t originate in the edtech ecosystem, but it certainly could have, especially when it comes to product pilots. Pilots can provide a great source for feedback and a foot in a school’s or district’s door. But when companies focus too much on what they’re looking to get, they can miss opportunities for powerful engagement—through giving.

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Welcome to My House: Android Apps Are Coming to Google Chromebooks

Chromebooks are the most popular K-12 device out there with Chrome OS taking up more than 50% of the market, according to Futuresource Marketing. But being on top doesn’t mean that Chromebooks are without faults or bugs. For many schools, it’s been tough owning Chromebooks and discovering that certain apps aren’t available to students because they’re designed for Android.

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Google Announces New Classroom API Feature for Better Coursework and Gradebook Integration

It’s the Google I/O conference this week (May 18-20), so get ready for a slew of Google announcements for the EDU community—both for edtech entrepreneurs and developers, and for the education practitioner community.

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Word on Sesame Street: Why Big Bird Gave to Reach Capital’s $53 Million Fund

Cookie Monster is not the most eloquent character on Sesame Street. But he has one unforgettable line: “A friend is someone to share the last cookie with.” When it comes to finding partners to make investments, Sesame Workshop seems to be heeding these words.

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Listen and Learn: Listen Current Raises $600K to Bring Public Radio to School

Read all about it! Or rather, listen up. Listen Current, which offers public radio stories along with lesson plans and instructional materials, has raised $600,000 in follow-on seed funding. This Boston, MA-based startup has now raised $1.45 million.

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