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Personal Statements 2016: It's Not Easy Being Green

Editor’s Note: ‘Tis the trendy season for trends, to reflect on 2015 and to make bold predictions about what next year may hold. This year, we asked thought leaders to share their outlooks on education, but with a twist. They have to frame their thoughts as a response to some of the finest college application essay prompts—yes, the very same ones that high school seniors are feverishly working on now!Here’s what Aaron Skonnard, co-founder and CEO of Pluralsight, had to say.

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Christmas Bonus! US Edtech Sets Record With $1.85 Billion Raised in 2015

According to the Chinese Zodiac, 2015 was the Year of the Sheep. But investors were anything but sheepish when it came to making bets on US edtech startups.

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?Google Is Giving $1M in Equity-Free Funds for Mobile Apps in Brazil, India and Indonesia

What can a startup from a developing country do with $ 50,000 in equity-free funds plus six months of training, mentorship and technical support—all provided by Google? A moment of hesitation comes. Then a smile. “You know, we are a translation app and Google has the best translator in the world. I can't imagine how much I can learn with them,” says Ronaldo Tenório, CEO of HandTalk, a Brazilian startup that offers translation into language sign to the deaf community.

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What Most Education Startups Get Wrong

Companies that define a few key metrics, then iterate and optimize those metrics, will be more likely to achieve success. At least that’s how the conventional wisdom goes. Many prominent startup investors advocate measuring categories such as growth, engagement, and financials. Jeff Jordan, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz summarizes this sentiment:

EdSurge’s Plans for 2016

In late 2010, a group of four of us got together and began planning EdSurge. We had two ideas in mind: We wanted to support the education technology ecosystem that was beginning to take shape. And most critically, we wanted to give schools and teachers as much information, contacts and support as possible, with the goal of helping everyone make strong decisions about the emerging tools and the implications of using those tools for teaching and learning.
That’s what we’ve been doing for almost five years. It feels like we’re just getting started.

Jumpin’ For Joy: GoNoodle Raises $5M to Help Kids Dance and Get Fit

When education technologies comes to mind, so too do images of sedentary students staring at a screen. But here’s one that literally has kids jumping up and down.

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A Look Inside Intel Education Accelerator’s First Demo Day

“Color is the new black,” said Nick Lum, co-founder of Beeline Reader. And cobalt blue lights decked the halls and main stage at GSVlabs, where he was one of 10 entrepreneurs who pitched at Intel Education Accelerator’s inaugural demo day.

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Educating Ourselves: Tell Us What You See in Edtech's Future

Guide the Research: Take our Edtech Pulse Check
Sawyer and Luke popped into the world this past August, born in a hospital on New York City’s Upper East Side. In many ways, they arrived to a cozily familiar setting: The boys’ mother, Marisa, grew up in New York City herself, went to La Guardia High School and eventually became a teacher. 

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Udemy’s Piracy Problem

Marketplaces bring people together to buy, sell and share a diverse array of ideas, services and products. But it only takes a few punks to ruin the party.
For Udemy, an online marketplace for instructional courses, Thanksgiving weekend must have felt a bit awkward after the company made headlines for hosting—and selling—pirated content.

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