After more than a decade of going it alone, Canadian online learning company Desire2Learn is accepting its first round of venture funding – $80 million from New Enterprise Associates and the venture arm of OMERS, one of Canada’s biggest pension funds.
Earlier this year, social learning company Grockit launched Learnist as a Pinterest-like platform for education. The company is on Thursday rolling out iPhone and iPad apps for the new platform. Through the apps, users can both create and consume content.
After a report last week about plagiarism incidences on Coursera, which offers free online courses, the startup has added honor code reminders to help keep students honest. The startup recently announced that it has enrolled more than one million students from around the world.
Y Combinator ed tech startup Clever, which helps education-focused developers more easily integrate with school data, has reached 1,000 schools barely three months after launching. The company is part of the startup accelerator’s most recent class of companies.
ClassDojo, a San Francisco-based startup that helps teachers manage student behavior with game mechanics, is launching out of beta with $1.6 million from some of Silicon Valley’s top investors. To date, the company says 3.5 million teachers and students globally are using its service.
Launched by the executives behind Flip video camera, Knowmia offers a video lesson platform for teachers and students. The startup, which is part of startup accelerator Y Combinator’s latest class, works with teachers to review and curate videos.
Kno, a digital textbook startup that has previously focused on the college market, is partnering with publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to bring its interactive textbooks to K-12 students. The textbooks can be rented for $9.99 a year and are available on a range of devices.
Building on the acquisition of Brooklyn-based digital education company Wired Generation, News Corp today unveiled its education technology business Amplified.
In an effort to further cast itself as a consumer-facing social network for education – and unseat incumbent Blackboard – Lore rolled out a new version of its platform Monday that makes it more streamlined, design-centric and functional.