In this week’s dealmaking news, Wonderschool, a platform aims to help experienced educators and childcare providers start and run their own in-home businesses, raised $20 million, and littleBits, a provider of technology kits for kids, has acquired DIY Co., an operator of online educational services for kids and their families.
A major Maryland district has put forward an RFP for online assessments in math, and a school system in Virginia is planning to purchase a human-resources management system.
A Texas district is looking for an online instructional program in elementary schools, and a Tennessee school system wants a digital literacy platform, while a Virginia district needs special education services.
Technology, access to information, and broad societal shifts such as immigration pose many challenges to districts, and the private sector can help schools adjust, said Dwight Carter, the author of “Leading Schools in Disruptive Times.”
Chinese English language education company VIPKID raised $500 million. Also, Microsoft acquired classroom video platform Flipgrid.
Foreign investment presents opportunities to expand reach, but U.S. education businesses should set clear expectations for international deals, experts say.
A pair of researchers who have studied virtual reality offer advice to K-12 product developer on the technology’s potential — and pitfalls to avoid.
Kahoot! and Code.org team up in an effort to advance K-12 computer science education. A handful of ed-tech firms including web-based teaching learning solutions provider Edmentum and instructional technology company BookNook raised funds from investors.
In this week’s dealmaking news, ed-tech companies unveiled new partnerships. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Renaissance integrated their products as part of a new strategic partnership. Also, Chinese internet company Tencent partnered with Age of Learning, the creator of children’s learning platform ABCmouse.com.
In this week’s dealmaking news, New Mountain Learning, a provider of digital and blended learning solutions, raised funds from CIP Capital. Also, Really Good Stuff purchased Steve Spangler Science.