IoT solutions are enabling social distancing – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Tyler Cracraft Contributor Tyler Cracraft is an electronic engineer turned solution architect at Advantech who has more than a decade of experience working in the electronics technology industry. If you’re a business owner or investor and are wondering about the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the business world, you’re not alone. Today’s…

Kahoot raises $28M for its user-generated educational gaming platform, now valued at $1.4B – TechCrunch

[ad_1] As schools stay closed and summer camp seems more like a germscape than an escape, students are staying at home for the foreseeable future and have shifted learning to their living rooms. Now, Norwegian educational gaming company Kahoot — the popular platform with 1.3 billion active users and over 100 million games (most created…

Edtech is surging, and parents have some notes – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Unlike most sectors, edtech has been booming over the last few months. Flashcards startup Quizlet is now a unicorn, digital textbook company Top Hat is finding unprecedented surges in usage and student success business Edsights raised nearly $2 million from high-profile investors, all from inbound interest. Investors are so confident that homeschooling might become…

ClassTag raises $5M for parent-teacher communication – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Like many working parents, Vlada Lotkina, the founder and CEO of ClassTag, wanted to be more involved in her daughter’s preschool education. A paper notice about an upcoming field trip, squeezed between messy folders in a backpack, begged for smart technology around parent-teacher communication, she recalls. Lotkina turned to other parents in the preschool…

3 views on the life and death of college towns, remote work and the future of startup hubs – TechCrunch

[ad_1] The global pandemic has halted travel, shunted schools online and shut down many cities, but the future of college-town America is an area of deep concern for the startup world. College towns have done exceedingly well with the rise of the knowledge economy and concentrating students and talent in dense social webs. That confluence…

The absolute best free online classes for learning something new

[ad_1] Do you miss homework? SAME.  Perhaps you’re someone who craves constant learning and upskilling, a regular Hermione Granger who’d happily use a Time-Turner to attend three classes at once. Perhaps you’re someone who feels she could benefit from understanding things a little better, even if it’s just learning how the hell HTML works. Or…

Edtech’s newest unicorn, ApplyBoard, lands $1.4B valuation with fresh funding – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Brothers Martin, Meti and Massi Basiri all left Iran to study abroad in Canada. After struggling with every aspect from the visa process to grade conversions, the brothers saw an opportunity to make the transition to study internationally more seamless. So, they started Applyboard in 2015 at University of Waterloo’s Velocity Garage. ApplyBoard has…

Classplus raises $9M to grow its Shopify-like platform for teachers and coaching centers in India – TechCrunch

[ad_1] An India-based startup that has built a Shopify -like platform for coaching centers to accept fees digitally from students, and deliver classes and study material online has received the nod — and capital — from a number of high-profile investors. The business-to-business startup, called Classplus, said on Monday that it has raised $9 million…

Indian education startup Byju’s is fundraising at a $10B valuation – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Byju’s, an education learning startup in India that has seen a surge in its popularity in recent weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak, is in talks to raise as much as $400 million in fresh capital at a $10 billion valuation, said three people familiar with the matter. The additional capital would be part of…

As lockdowns stretch on, is edtech passing or failing? – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Back in January, Georgia Tech professor David Joyner got a cryptic email from a student based in Wuhan, China. “I’m under quarantine, but my internet access is okay so I have more time to spend on classwork, I wanted to let you know,” the message read. Unsure why Wuhan would be under quarantine, Joyner…