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Edtech News That You’ve Missed in August 2023
Duolingo spotted developing a music learning app
Work on Duolingo’s next big app, Duolingo Music, is well on its way, according to new findings. Recent development efforts indicate the company’s upcoming app will focus on piano, drums, and sheet music lessons, as the edtech company works to again expand its product lineup beyond its flagship language learning app.
India among biggest edtech centers, tech, people important: Anthology Global CEO
Bruce Dahlgren, the CEO of Anthology, a global edtech company, thinks India is a big deal in the education technology world. Anthology operates in 80 countries and has 150 million users. They’ve been in India since 2000, with offices in Bengaluru and Chennai. Dahlgren, who recently took charge, visited India early on because he believes in the importance of technology and the talented people here. While they didn’t share specific numbers, Anthology considers itself a major player in the global edtech scene. In fact, over a quarter of their employees are from India.
Source: business standard.
GoStudent adds another $95M to its war chest to go after VR and AI-enhanced tutoring
The company has a new plan to use artificial intelligence (AI). They want to make tools powered by AI a top priority. Right now, they have about 23,000 tutors working with them. They’re working on a special AI tool that can create lesson plans based on what students learn in their area. This tool should help tutors save about 15 minutes on each lesson they teach.
Discovery Education Announces Acquisition of DreamBox Learning to Make Learning More Useful
Discovery Education, a top education technology company, is buying DreamBox Learning, which helps kids from preschool to high school with their learning. This will help over 6 million students and 600,000 teachers all across the USA. By adding DreamBox Learning to their family, Discovery Education wants to make classrooms more modern and connected to the world we live in today. DreamBox Learning’s products will work well with Discovery Education’s other digital tools like Discovery Education Experience, Digital Textbooks, and Mystery Science, all helping students do better in school.
Unstop raises $5 million from Mynavi and Coursera in its first funding round
Unstop, a platform that helps students and recent graduates connect with communities and find job opportunities, has successfully secured $5 million in its initial round of funding. This funding round was led by Mynavi, a prominent job board and HRTech company in Japan.In addition to Mynavi, Coursera, a well-known online learning platform with a presence in India, also contributed to this funding effort. Other investors who joined in this round include Venture Catalysts, 9 Unicorns, and Pankaj Bansal through his fund Caret Capital. This investment will enable Unstop to expand its services and enhance its mission of supporting students and graduates in their journey to connect with communities and explore job opportunities.
Source: financial express
Counselling Services Launches Online Virtual Training Programme ‘Kognito’
The University of Nevada, Reno Counselling Services has introduced a program called Kognito. It’s an online simulation that lets faculty, staff, and students practice helping someone who is going through a tough time mentally. This program helps everyone on campus learn how to create a safe and supportive community that looks out for each other’s mental well-being.
Edtech News That You’ve Missed in July 2023
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Preply, the language app renowned for live tutors, concludes Series C at $120M
Preply, the language learning platform that links students with 35,000 tutors and group classes in 50 languages, secures an additional $70 million in funding to expand its Series C to $120 million as it embraces a focus on AI to revolutionize language learning further.
Source: Tech Crunch
Online Doctoral Programs for Early Childhood Professionals launched by the American College of Education
American College of Education, a prominent provider of online and cost-effective higher education, introduces two additional doctoral-level degrees, expanding its post-master-level offerings, which already include 12 other degrees. As per the latest IPEDS data, ACE ranks as the nation’s eighth-largest granter of doctorates in education.
Edtech News That You’ve Missed in June 2023
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GoStudent Launches GoVR in Partnership With Immerse & Meta
GoStudent, a prominent global tutoring provider, launches GoVR, an innovative virtual reality language learning platform for students aged 13-18. Developed in partnership with Immerse, an acclaimed VR training platform supported by Meta through a generous hardware donation of Meta Quest 2 VR headsets, this groundbreaking initiative seeks to revolutionize language learning for students.
Source: FE News
Praxis Labs, a SaaS-based VR learning platform, secures funding from Accenture
New York-based Praxis Labs, a software-as-a-service virtual reality (VR) company specializing in immersive learning, receives investment from Accenture. The platform focuses on developing users’ soft skills and fostering equity, inclusion, and value both in the workplace and beyond.
Source: Accenture Newsroom
edX collaborates with the Raspberry Pi Foundation to introduce expert-led courses for educators.
edX, a top online learning platform, welcomes the Raspberry Pi Foundation as its newest partner, joining hundreds of institutions to expand access to premier education. The Foundation, a global education charity fostering creative and effective digital technology use among youth, introduces 20 online courses empowering teachers to enhance skills and educate students on computing and computer science.
Source: edX Press
INTO University Partnerships introduces its digital community platform catering to international students
INTO University Partnerships has unveiled an innovative digital community platform exclusively designed for international students, aiming to revolutionize their academic journey abroad. This first-of-its-kind INTO Community platform acts as a centralized hub, fostering real-time interactions and engagement among students and faculty, regardless of their geographical location. Similar to leading social platforms, this seamless experience enables students to access a plethora of resources, events, job opportunities, mentors, and much more.
Source: The PIE News
Coursera & MedCerts Partner to Offer Healthcare Courses to Global Learner Community
MedCerts, a trailblazer in online healthcare and IT certification training and a Stride, Inc. subsidiary, joins forces with Coursera, a prominent online learning platform, to deliver healthcare courses globally. Launching on Coursera on June 15, the new, beginner-level Specialization program will cover Medical Billing and Coding. It will be available to more than 124 million registered learners on Coursera globally.
Source: Business Wire
Edtech News That You’ve Missed in May 2023
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Antimatter utilizes memes to elevate C students to C+ students
Antimatter, an ed-tech company, follows a straightforward and captivating concept: Students who truly comprehend a subject can create memes about it. According to Jonathan Libov, the founder and CEO of Antimatter, “To be able to shitpost, you have to understand the subject matter really well.” He believes that “shitposting” represents the highest level of consciousness.
Source: Tech Crunch
Byju’s, the Indian edtech giant, secures $250 million in funding and is set to finalize an additional $700 million
Byju’s, the edtech major, has secured $250 million in a recent funding round from Davidson Kempner, a US-based investment firm. The funding is part of a larger $700-million fundraising, valuing the company at $22 billion. Davidson Kempner’s investment involved structured equity through convertible notes, providing the option to convert the loan into equity later.
Source: Financial Express
Leverage Edu introduces Univalley OS, a University Operating System
Leverage Edu, the prominent migration-tech platform for higher education, unveils Univalley OS, the most comprehensive university operating system globally. Univalley OS, a University Saas solution, empowers universities to simplify and automate student recruitment processes, encompassing application assessment, payment tracking, and visa issuance.
Source: Ed Tech Review
Utobo Collaborates With Microsoft to Empower Online Coaching Institutes
Utobo, a Silicon Valley educational technology startup for creators to monetize courses and other content online, has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft & G7 CR Technologies. According to an official statement, the partnership will revolutionize how small coaching businesses grow and thrive in the digital world.
Source: BW Businessworld
Jordan-Based Abwaab Launches ChatGPT-Powered Test-Prep Experience
Abwaab, the rapidly expanding education technology company in MENA, has revealed its integration of OpenAI’s ChatGPT to enhance students’ test-prep experience with personalized and comprehensive feedback. Through this integration, students in the region can now receive immediate and tailored responses to open-ended questions.
Source: CB Insights
Edtech News That You’ve Missed in April 2023
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Singapore-Based Explico Raises $1.4M in Pre-Series A Funding
Explico, an online assessment-based learning platform using AI and machine learning that helps students to measure their learning outcomes and identify their strengths and weaknesses, announced that it has raised $1.4 million in its pre-Series A funding. The round was led by Astonic Ventures Singapore, MAVIS TUTORIAL CENTRE, one of the largest local tuition centers and Singapore Asia Publishers, the well-known publishing house, and a few angel investors.
HRTech Startup Podium X Partners With Jacksonville University to Help Students Athletes
Podium X, an online platform aiming to translate the experiences and soft skills of the athlete into a shareable profile and instant resume connected to a job board, has recently partnered with Jacksonville University Athletics, a premier private institution in northeast Florida, to prepare students for their post-collegiate career.
Source: The Business Journals
American College of Education Partners With NVTA to Offer Affordable, High-Quality Programs to Educators
American College of Education (ACE) has announced its partnership with National Virtual Teacher Association (NVTA), which makes its affordable, flexible, and high-quality programs accessible to more educators. The agreement allows NVTA certification completers to transcribe and apply up to three graduate hours toward several of ACE’s fully online master’s programs in education.
Source: PR Newswire
London-Based E-Spaces Partners With Sunderland Software City to Bring AI to Classroom
E-spaces, a London-based AI-enabled teaching assessment platform, was recently awarded a Research and Technology Organization (RTO) Grant by Innovate UK EDGE. The company will use the grant to partner with Digital Catapult North East Tees Valley (Digital Catapult NETV) on the practical application and development of its BETA product in schools and colleges.
Source: Business Live
Melbourne Business School Online Partners With FourthRev to Offer Career Accelerator Courses
Melbourne Business School Online, Australia’s leading business education and insight provider, has recently partnered with FourthRev, an EdTech platform bridging the digital skills gap by connecting companies and universities to deliver industry-relevant programs to launch a career accelerator in digital marketing strategy and analytics. The program has been designed and delivered with Melbourne’s leading academics, Semrush Academy, and other industry experts to combine academic rigor with real-world application to prepare marketing leaders for a data-driven future.
Source: Business Daily Media
Edtech News That You’ve Missed in March 2023
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Discovery Education Partners With Norton to Launch New Digital Citizenship Resources
Discovery Education, the worldwide EdTech leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes place, has recently collaborated with Norton, a leading Cyber Safety brand of Gen, to launch a new digital citizenship resource center – My Digital Life – on the award-winning Discovery Education K-12 platform. The My Digital Life resource center offers standards-aligned resources designed to empower students and educators with activities about digital citizenship.
Source: Discovery Education
Ohio Leads Nation in Virtual Reality Education
Prisms VR, a learning platform pioneering a new paradigm for math education, recently celebrated Ohio’s leadership in virtual reality education at its first Prisms of Reality Conference in Marysville, Ohio. Leading the nation in scaling experiential learning, Ohio launched Prisms’ VR new world math learning design in fall 2021 to over 50 school districts and 15,000+ students; it’s the first state to drive VR adoption to help raise math engagement and scores for all its students.
Source: Business Wire
Texas-Based Recruiting Platform HeadRace Raises $6M in Seed Funding
HeadRace, a Texas-based software company that operates a network for recruiting services, recently announced that it has raised $6 million in seed funding. The round was led by Greylock, Susa Ventures, and Breyer Capital with participation from Packy McCormick, Kindergarten Ventures, and Blue Lion Global.
North Carolina-Based EdTech VitalSource Acquires Akademos
VitalSource, a North Carolina-based digital content delivery and learning platform provider, has recently acquired Akademos, an online and hybrid bookstore solution for colleges and universities. This acquisition unites two organizations to drive student success, affordability, and impact through next-generation technology and combines complementary course materials distribution expertise.
Source: Business Wire
Melbourne-Based LiveHire Acquires Arrived Workforce Connections Inc
LiveHire, a talent acquisition and direct sourcing platform that helps clients find both direct hires and contingent workers, has acquired Arrived Workforce Connections Inc., a provider of shift scheduling solutions, in a bid to increase its market share and bolster its position and capabilities.
Source: Ed Tech Review
Edtech News That You’ve Missed in February 2023
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Sophia Learning Partners with Labster to Offer Virtual Lab Simulations in Select STEM Courses
Sophia Learning, an online and on-demand learning platform providing general education-level courses to students at any stage of their higher education journey, has recently announced that it has partnered with Labster, the world’s leading EdTech platform for virtual labs and interactive science, to deliver college-level science courses incorporating Labster’s simulation content.
UK-Based Workplace Learning Platform HowNow Raises $5M in Series A Round
HowNow, a UK-based learning experience platform (LXP) that helps companies onboard upskill and support employees faster everywhere they work, has raised $5 million (€4.6 million) in its Series A round led by Mercia Asset Management and the world’s leading learning company Pearson. With the funds, the startup plans to work for further international expansion, growth of the team, and development of features that scale knowledge sharing, making it easier to measure impact and connect learning and skills into the overall employee experience.
Source: EU Startups
San Francisco-based HR Management Platform Cleary Raises $4.5M in Seed Round
Cleary, an HR management platform for distributed workforces, has announced that it has raised $4.5 million in a seed round led by Moonshots Capital, with participation from Liberty City Ventures, Crosslink Capital, SeaChange Fund and Quiet Capital, which follows the company’s initial $3 million pre-seed round, bringing its total raised to $7.5 million.
Source: Tech Crunch
Co-Creation Hub Launches $15M Accelerator Program for EdTech Startups in Kenya, Nigeria
Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB), Africa’s first open living lab and pre-incubation space designed to be a multi-functional, multi-purpose space where work to catalyze creative social tech ventures take place, has recently announced that it is launching a $15 million accelerator program, which will be called EdTech Fellowship Program to back and support 72 startups in Nigeria and Kenya in the next three years.
Source: Tech Crunch
College Tuition Tracking Platform Meadow Raises $3.5M in Seed Round
Meadow, a New York-based fintech startup, has recently raised $3.5 million in a seed round led by Susa Ventures. The funding round also witnessed participation from prior backers Giant Ventures and new investors AlleyCorp and Daniel Gulati’s Treble Capital. Leading angel investors, including Block Renovation co-founder Koda Wang; Monzo founder Tom Blomfield; Finix founder Richie Serna; and former Head of Product at Braintree and Head of Payments at Intuit Abhi Ranadive, have also participated in the fundraised.
Source: PR Newswire
Edtech News That You’ve Missed in January 2023
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Prisms VR Raises $12.5M Series A to Accelerate Math Literacy
Prisms VR, a learning platform pioneering a new paradigm for math education, has raised $12.5 million in a Series A round from Andreessen Horowitz to accelerate math literacy throughout the US. Prisms was founded in 2021 to bring problem-driven, tactile, and visual learning to the math classroom and is the first educational technology platform to leverage virtual reality (VR) to accelerate math proficiencies in US schools.
Source: Venture Beat
DW Healthcare Partners Invests in Medical Education Platform Med Learning Group
DW Healthcare Partners, a Toronto-based healthcare-focused private equity firm, recently announced that it has invested in the online medical education platform Med Learning Group (MLG). New York-based MLG works with many pharmaceutical companies around the world in creating engaging content that utilizes the latest trends in available technology and utilizes outcomes measurement and reporting.
Source: PR Newswire
Chinese Online Learning Service Provider QuantaSing Raises $41M in US IPO
QuantaSing Group, a Chinese startup which provides online financial literacy and personal interest courses for adults, has recently raised about $41 million in its initial public offering (IPO) in the US after pricing the deal at the middle of the range. The company announced that it offered 3.3 million American depositary shares (ADSs) at $12.50 apiece, the mid-range of its $11.50 to $13.50 target when it filed its prospectus in December.
EdTech disruptor Mindvalley launches digital experiences on Storyblok’s CMS to transform 20 million lives
Storyblok, the content management system (CMS) category leader, recently announced that leading personal transformation company Mindvalley had launched digital experiences with Storyblok’s CMS to transform 20 million lives. According to a press release, Storyblok’s CMS has helped Mindvalley cut development time by 50% and launch new digital experiences such as web pages 2x faster in 8 languages.
Source: PR Newswire
Silicon Valley Education Platform Classera Raises $40M in Series A Round
Classera, a San Francisco-based global EdTech e-learning company focused on emerging markets, has raised $40 million in its Series A round led by the Public Investment Fund (PIF)-owned Sanabil Investments, a Saudi-based investment giant, accompanied by Global Ventures, Endeavor Catalyst, 500 Global, Sukna Venture, and Seedra Ventures. The funding round was also backed by other investors including Silicon Valley, emerging markets, and global family offices.
Source: EdTech Review
Update: This article was last updated on 4th September 2023 to reflect the accuracy and up-to-date information on the page.