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Pearson Still Won’t Buy Your Startup. But It May Invest in It.

Pearson probably still won’t buy your startup. But it may consider investing in it.Today, the publisher announced the launch of Pearson Ventures, a $50 million fund earmarked for education technology startups raising Series A and B rounds.

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Tech Company Drops Conference Swag in Favor of 13,000 School Donations

Ten schools in the San Francisco Unified School District had their wishes granted this week—13,746 wishes, to be exact. That’s the number of items and school supplies recently donated by the San Francisco-based tech company Okta.

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Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. I’d recently moved to Washington, D.C. and he asked me to co-author the piece.

Tencent-Affiliated Family Office Leads $15M Investment in Entangled Group

According to Paul Freedman, the name of his company, Entangled Group, is an homage to the physics research that his late father and a colleague undertook that proved Albert Einstein wrong about the theory of quantum entanglement.

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Lessons Learned From the First Edtech Startup Competition in the Arab World

Even before the largest refugee crisis since WWII, governments across the Arab world have been struggling to provide quality education to serve a growing population of enrolled students.

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What the World Can Teach the US About Education Technology

Some of the conclusions may not come as a surprise in the Omidyar Network’s report on what works in scaling education technology in different regions worldwide. Governments, educators, advocacy groups and companies large and small need to work better together. Long-term planning and investment in infrastructure for widespread and improved access to the internet and mobile devices is critical.

News from the Y: The Latest Edtech Startups in Y Combinator’s Winter 2019 Class

What’s the latest from the Y? Over Monday and Tuesday earlier this week, entrepreneurs from 189 startups took the stage for Demo Day, the de-facto graduation ceremony for Y Combinator, one of the technology industry’s most recognizable startup accelerator programs.

In These Divisive Times, Program Pairs Students with Refugees Around the World

In Jill Armstrong’s social studies classes, when students learn about other countries, they don’t just learn from textbooks and news articles, which she says can seem abstract and elusive to teenagers. Armstrong, who teaches at a high school in Eastern Kentucky, likes to weave in “that human aspect, because it makes it more real,” she says.

ChalkTalk Reemerges to Find Scale in Schools—and More Funders

A couple of years ago, Mohannad Arbaji had a problem, one he could only solve by going back to school. Not enough students were completing lessons on his digital platform ChalkTalk, aimed at helping students grades 9-12 understand English and math concepts and improve their scores on tests like the ACT and SAT.

Judge, Jury and Education Startups: Reflections From the SXSW EDU Launch Competition

All the world’s a stage when you’re a startup, and life becomes a pitch in front of investors, advisers, reporters, partners and potential acquirers.Those hats were represented in the panel of judges at this week’s SXSW EDU Launch Competition, which included Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance; Vince Chan, co-founder at Creta Ventures; Jonathan Rochelle, product management director at Google for Education; and your correspondent.

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