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Reach Capital’s Newest Education Technology Investment Fund Closes at $82 Million

Raising money, Shauntel Garvey admits, is not her favorite activity. It’s usually more fun to be on the other side of the table, reviewing pitches—rather than pitching.On the bright side, that experience “helps you build empathy for entrepreneurs,” says the co-founder and general partner at Reach Capital, and “what it feels like when investors ignore you, when they lead you on.”

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4 Big Shifts That Can Personalize the Learning Journey

What needs to happen to move your school or district toward an effective implementation of personalized learning? According to EdSurge Fusion conference speaker, Dr. Scott McLeod, there are Four Big Shifts that propel “deeper learning schools” along their personalized learning journey.

How Robotics Competitions Close the STEM Skills Gap and Build a Diverse Workforce

For nearly 30 years, the global non-profit FIRST has been getting kids hooked on science and technology through hands-on robotics competitions for grades K-12—complete with cheering crowds, adrenaline rushes and teams snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Students invent products, apply for patents, and fall in love with science.

How Udacity Decides What Subjects To Offer Courses In (And Why It Isn’t Doing New University Partnerships)

Udacity helped start the whole MOOC craze several years ago, offering online courses that drew tens of thousands of students and sparking a conversation about whether these new online programs could replace college as we know it.These days, the company has grown into a billion-dollar valuation, but its scope is more focused on offering courses designed to serve specific areas in technology. And it does most of its work without involving traditional colleges, or trying to seek traditional accreditation.

RaiseMe Gets $15M to Help Students Cut College Costs If They Do Well in School

Research suggests that simply paying kids for good grades doesn’t always work. But could students be better motivated with a more meaningful kind of monetary reward—say, college scholarships?

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How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking—and Fun—to Gym Class

It’s the bottom of the ninth with two outs and it’s all tied up. You’ve got a runner on first base and you need to decide who you’re sending to the plate. You have a player with a stellar batting average, a player reliable for drawing walks and one who promises they can win it all for you—who do you play?

Guild Education Raises $40M to Help Employers Provide Education Benefits

What if a fast-food gig could help you complete a bachelor’s or master’s degree?It’s a quiet trend that’s sweeping some of the country’s major employers. Walmart, Lowe’s, Discover and Lyft are just a few of the companies that have signed on to offer employees education-as-a-benefit, meaning these companies help students pay for—or completely cover—the cost of tuition for education programs.

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The 10th Annual Emoti-Con: Students Across All Boroughs Present Their Innovations to the Public

The historic Celeste Bartos Forum in the New York Public Library buzzed with ecstasy and creativity recently at the 10th annual Emoti-Con, a fair for students to showcase the projects they’ve been working on all year.

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Coursera Nabs First Ivy League Degree Partnership with University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania has offered MOOCs on Coursera for several years, but now, it’s giving the online learning platform its first Ivy League degree. The two have partnered to offer a fully-online Master’s degree in Computer and Information Technology.

Why One Professor Says We Are ‘Automating Inequality’

Often the algorithms that shape our lives feel invisible, but every now and then you really notice them. Your credit card might get declined when you’re on vacation because a system decides the behavior seems suspicious. You might buy a quirky gift for your cousin, and then have ads for that product pop up everywhere you go online. In education, schools and colleges even use big data to nudge students to stay on track.

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