Only 14 states in the U.S. currently permit tough computer science courses to count toward graduation requirements for math and science. Meanwhile, some surveys say that 570,000 jobs are going unfilled in computing — and that the demand for software engineers is four times higher than the national average.
According to EducationSuperhighway, most schools lack fast enough connections to teach students digital skills, like basic computer programming. So the San Francisco-based nonprofit is working with K-12 school districts to remove any roadblocks to high-speed broadband Internet.
The four-hour man finally got a day job.
Intel is making a big step into the education sector with its acquisition of Kno, a well-funded digital textbooks startup.
With this app, college students can download class schedules to their smartphones, since Super’s back-end system is connected with the administration systems of universities.
Student-first online education hub Chegg filed a public version of its documentation to go public today, seeking to raise $158 million by selling 14.4 million shares at between $9.50 and $11.50.
Editor’s Pick Penelope Trunk has always been about careers. And she’s always been about off-the-wall suggestions, wacky ideas, and colorful ways of expressing them. Her new startup, Quistic, is exactly like her.
Quistic is a career-building online learning site focused on people who are not like you.
“What’s cooler: music or computer programming?” I asked Will.i.am, one of the founding members of the iconic hip hop band Black Eyed Peas. “Coding,” he replied instantly. “By about 10 times. A trillion times.”
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Apple had its best quarter ever in education, CEO Tim Cook said today on the company’s quarterly earnings call. That includes the companies highest sales ever, and a 94 percent tablet market share for iPad.
Need some lecture notes? How about an exam guide, or perhaps a video tutorial on Statistics 220 exam at the University of Toronto?
Let’s call it the Jerry McGuire strategy: Help me help you.
Editor’s Pick The first major investment from Mark Zuckeberg’s education fund? Panorama Ed, a polling company started by a Yale student in his college door room.
The toy becomes “smart” when you insert a smartphone or iPad mini in the top of its head, and zip it closed.
Numecent and Software2 team up to help universities deploy Microsoft Windows applications in the cloud.
Good news for Kindle owners that have children who suck at math: Amazon announced today that it’s purchased education startup TenMarks. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Desire2Learn does not want to miss out on the massive open online course trend, often referred to by insiders as ”MOOCs.”
The company was founded by a fellow at Stanford’s Business School, Mike Cagney, who realized that wealthy alumni had the resources to provide loans to students at more affordable rates.
Courseworld’s goal is to give the arts and humanities a greater presence in the world of online education, and keep liberal arts alive in an economy that pays more for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills.
Cofounders Hamish Brocklebank and Nicolas Philippe started the company two years ago, as they didn’t believe that students should have to pay for academic content.
Brooklyn-based Amplify envisions a future where children learn at their own pace, by playing games on Android tablets — and generating lots of data as they do.
When one of the biggest names in venture capital says, “The largest new opportunities in technologies are in … ,” you listen.
The Entertainment Software Association released a report that helps students find all the schools in the U.S. with game-design programs.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun discussed what it will take to fix America’s outdated system of higher education at TechCrunch Disrupt.
Desire2Learn’s CEO John Baker told me doesn’t plan to shutter the product post-acquistition. Instead, he’ll hire about 20 more engineers to join Knowillage, and open a Vancouver office.
This morning San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is unveiling a new “entrepreneur-in-residence” program in collaboration with the White House, to bring the innovative energy of startups to bear on a massive underserved market: the $142 billion public sector.
As few as 5 percent of American schools have computer science classes, and most of them aren’t in poor, at-risk districts like Umatilla, Ore., where people earn around $15,000 per year on average. But better education & access to jobs could change that.
The goal for Uversity is to help high school students make more informed decisions about colleges they apply to, and ultimately attend.
NoRedInk was developed by a high school teacher to help students improve their spelling and grammar.
Microsoft has launched a new ad-free version of its Bing search engine that targets schools and educators. It claims to remove all ads, block adult content, and include more privacy protections than normal Bing search.
An ed-tech startup called Learnable is doling out $10 million in free software, so Australia’s school kids can learn web and mobile development skills online.
Think about how you picked a college.
With its first round of funding, Instaedu will build out its team and market its online tutoring service to schools and universities.
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Box believes it can help create “more modern classrooms” by introducing schools to its file-sharing technology.
Pearson made the strategic investment in Voxy and intends to incorporate the language-learning technology into its existing suite of tools.
Farbood Nivi sold assets of his test prep startup Grockit to Kaplan. Now he’s moving ahead with a bold, new idea. How did he do it?
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Los Angeles Unified School District hopes that all 640,000 of its students will be using iPads by late 2014.
California’s Aspire Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network, cobbled together its own performance analysis tools to address some pressing internal problems and is spinning it off as an independent startup.
How the times have changed. Apple is the new enterprise.