The Education Department said the resource-sharing hub became reliant on “rapidly aging technologies,” though it hopes other public and private sector innovations spring from the project.
YouTube is inviting individual content-creators and organizations to apply for a portion of $20 million to fashion educational content.
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.