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eSpark Partners With JAMF to Help Deliver More iOS Educational Apps

eSpark is partnering with JAMF, a Minneapolis-based company whose mobile device management (MDM) tool, Casper Suite, currently services roughly 3 million Apple devices used across an estimated 4,000 schools. (Many businesses and government organizations also rely on JAMF to manage large-scale rollouts of Apple devices.)

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Curriculet’s Big Changes Empower Students But Stir Teacher Concerns

Freemium companies walk a tightrope with their customers: The free features have to be attractive enough to draw users—but not so powerful that users don’t want to pay for the upgrade. And though all companies must inevitably earn revenue, any big changes to the free offerings will likely stir grumblings among customers—especially if they are no longer available.

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MasterClass Announces $15M Series B Round, Classes with Kevin Spacey and Christina Aguilera

MasterClass offers a photography class with Annie Leibovitz, a writing workshop with James Patterson and just added an acting class with Kevin Spacey. But founders David Rogier and Aaron Rasmussen may want to consider offering a class themselves: How to Win Venture Capital Funding.

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Building an Educational App? Read This First

Over the next four years, nearly a billion students will enter middle and high school, and if recent projections are accurate, most of them will have a smartphone in their pocket. These students will decide what apps they use and when they use them, and could potentially take large parts of their education into their own hands.

Remind's New Features Were Designed for Emergencies

During a recent flood in Cerritos, California, a principal at a pilot school used Remind for Schools to send a message to 700 families simultaneously. During the recent blizzard that blanketed the East Coast, the product saw activity soar amongst pilot users.

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Google Play For Education Is Going Away

As users of Wave and Reader know, not all Google products pan out. Soon, Google Play for Education will be added to the list of discontinued services.

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BetterLesson Raises $6 Million to Make Professional Development Personal

Like the students they teach, educators need personalized support to grow. And they’ll get that support, not from sitting in classrooms or conferences, but through interacting with coaches and mentors.

That idea has fueled a $6 million Series A round for BetterLesson, based in Cambridge, MA. Investors include Reach Capital, New Markets Venture Fund, Dell Foundation, Scott Cook (co-founder and CEO of Intuit) and his wife, Signe Ostby.

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Four Tips for Edtech Investors Who Care About Impact

With $1.86 billion flowing to nearly 200 US edtech deals in 2015, investor interest is at an all-time high. Yet, all this deal-making belies the fact that sellers, buyers, and investors alike do not have a clear understanding of how well most edtech products—particularly those serving the K–12 classroom market—actually work to improve teaching and learning outcomes.

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SchoolMint, a Mobile-Native School Choice Platform, Mints a $5.6M Series A Round

You may have just bought a box of Thin Mints from the local Girl Scout troop (or maybe that's just me), but there’s a new mint in town, and it’s not a cookie.

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Imagine K12 Merges with Y Combinator

Imagine K12, the accelerator that sparked both edtech startups and other incubators, is merging with that granddaddy of accelerators, Y Combinator. Instead of a standalone entity, the program will be known as: "YC/Imagine K12."

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