Edtech Business

The Next Stage for EdSurge Concierge

Over the past 24 months, the Concierge team at EdSurge has listened to more than 180 school and district administrators seeking new edtech tools. We’ve taken notes, created need profiles for more than 200 instructional problems and matched those needs with more than 450 unique products from the EdSurge Index. At the same time, with support from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, we have worked steadily on a research project testing the idea of an online diagnostic tool.

Now it's time to move to the next stage.

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?Intel Hits Pause on Edtech Accelerator

Just a few weeks ago Intel Education was advocating for edtech startups to apply for the company’s annual education accelerator program. Now, nearly a month after applications have closed, the education arm of the Silicon Valley giant has announced that their program will not be returning this fall.

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?Meet Intel Education Accelerator’s Newest Cohort of EdTech Visionaries

It was an edtech entrepreneur’s dream on Wednesday at Intel’s Education Accelerator Demo Day. At the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, eight hopeful startups took the stage to show off their ideas and the progress they’ve made under the wings of one of Silicon Valley’s originals.

What Edtech Can Learn from Theranos

In 2014, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes graced the covers of Forbes, Fortune and Inc. magazines. The next year, Holmes was named one of Time’s Most Influential People and the Stanford drop-out had raised more than $600M in private capital. When I saw her speak, I found it easy to get swept up in her vision to democratize blood testing and save lives.

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Free Tool Provides a Roadmap—Literally—For Faster, Cheaper Broadband in Schools

As iPads, laptops and other learning gadgets increasingly make their way into K-12 schools, there’s one resource that more than 21 million students still lack access to in the United States: high-speed internet.

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On the Hotseat: 7 Questions for Remind’s New CEO, Brian Grey

Former Bleacher Report CEO Brian Grey is no stranger when it comes to game plans. But lesson plans? That’s a new field he’s now tackling as CEO of Remind, a San Francisco-based education company whose mission is to improve education by better connecting teachers, students and parents.

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Brightwheel Acquires MyChild, Targets Early Education With Mobile App

San Francisco-based startup Brightwheel today acquired MyChild, a Lisbon company making an engagement system for parents and schools.

Return of the Virtual Reality Hype Cycle (What’s Different This Time?)

With headlines like “Virtual Reality Learns How to Get Into Classroom,” which The Wall Street Journal ran this February, the hype cycle around VR’s potential in education has returned.

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Kadenze’s March Toward Online Art Education, 1 Year Later

While online education companies offer engineering, programming and business skills, one company wants to make sure that the fine arts isn’t being left behind.Some 100,000 students currently take to Kadenze, an online arts education platform, every month for classes ranging from machine learning for musicians and artists to audio programming.

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