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Teacher-turned-entrepreneur Adam Bellow has launched Educlipper, a tool for kids to save and share content from the web.
Educlipper is a “virtual pinboard” of sorts — students can use it to clip news articles, YouTube videos, PowerPoint presentations, online courses, essays, or any other form of multimedia content. The idea is to curate a digital learning portfolio that you can share with peers and teachers independently of Facebook and Twitter.
Students can sign up outside of class, but thousands of teachers are already using it to augment their lesson plans. Bellow has also found that educators will share online content with one another.
Going forward, Bellow will determine how to make money by potentially selling the service, and it’s building out the functionality so students can create personal profiles. He envisions Educlipper being used more broadly by young professionals and college students, but he’s presently concerned with building a “safe environment for kids.”
Educlipper has been in private alpha for over a year, and Bellow claims that 25,000 teachers and students have already adopted it. Bellow said the idea has taken off because educators “requested it.” Prior to starting the company, he sent a survey with ideas for ed-tech tools and asked teachers to vote for the most viable.
Bellow has built a reputation for his blog Edutecher, which has spiralled into an in-depth resource for ed-tech reviews. He was inspired to launch the site after working as a technology integrationist specialist in a school district. “I’m not in this as a serial entrepreneur,” he said. “I’m trying to solve a very real pain point for teachers.”
Bellow is looking to raise a first round of funding after securing a $600,000 seed round from Learn Capital and Western Technologies, an early investor in Facebook.