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Blackboard Buys Mobile Messaging Company Saf-T-Net For $33 Million

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Blackboard, a company that designs an education software for school groups, has acquired mobile messaging provider Saf-T-Net for $33 million. Saf-T-Net develops AlertNow, which is a mobile messaging technology aimed to the K-12 marketplace. AlertNow’s technology delivers voice, e-mail and emergency SMS messages at a rate up to 2.5 million...
Blackboard Buys Mobile Messaging Company Saf-T-Net For $33 Million

Video Management Startup Kaltura Raises Another $25 Million To Expand Into Asia

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Video management startup Kaltura is growing fast, but it’s looking to expand even more, and has raised even more money to do so. The company has closed a $25 million Series D round of funding, which includes money from new investors Mitsui Global Investment and Orix Ventures. Existing investors Nexus...
Video Management Startup Kaltura Raises Another $25 Million To Expand Into Asia

Now In 600+ Schools And Open To Any Student, Lore Gives Higher Ed A Next-Gen Social Network

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With social networking having permeated the way we look for jobs, share photos and music, and discover news, a startup named Lore is on a mission to do the same for higher education, and potentially re-shape the way teachers and students communicate. Formerly known as CourseKit, the Thiel and Founder’s...
Now In 600+ Schools And Open To Any Student, Lore Gives Higher Ed A Next-Gen Social Network

MyEdu Will Be Your Curriculum Guide And Virtual College Advisor Rolled Into One

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Do you remember to the days of college, when you were required to sort through your curriculum and career goals with your designated college advisor? Education startup MyEdu aims to replace this by helping students virtually access their academic information and create a roadmap tailored to their career goals. To...
MyEdu Will Be Your Curriculum Guide And Virtual College Advisor Rolled Into One
Lore ups ante against Blackboard with redesign, option for anyone to audit public courses

Apple's edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

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Apple doesn’t really talk much about iTunes U, its educational content service powered by iTunes on iOS devices, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a success. Apple announced today that iTunes U has reached 1 billion content downloads, a sign that schools around the world are embracing Apple’s edtech...
Apple's edtech play, iTunes U, reaches 1B content downloads

Coursekit is Now Lore: Rebrand Reflects Expansion Beyond College Courses, With New Investment from Peter Thiel

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Coursekit is dead; long live Lore. Launched in the middle of the Fall semester last year, academic social network Coursekit is already in use at more than 600 colleges. And even in its early days, Coursekit co-founder Joseph Cohen noticed adoption wasn’t limited to just college classes. Belly dancing instructors use Coursekit. Bible...
Coursekit is Now Lore: Rebrand Reflects Expansion Beyond College Courses, With New Investment from Peter Thiel

Box to revamp document viewing with Crocodoc acquisition

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Box has acquired Crocodoc in a move to significantly improve the way documents are rendered for viewing on its enterprise storage and file sharing service.Box will integrate Crocodoc's HTML5 technology into its product and use it to eventually replace its existing document preview feature, Box said on Thursday.Crocodoc was...
Box to revamp document viewing with Crocodoc acquisition

Noodle, backed by founder of Princeton Review, buys social education startup Lore

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Noodle, an online recommendation engine for education led by Princeton Review founder John Katzman, has acquired Lore, a small New York-based startup that provides a learning management system for college professors and students. When we last wrote about Lore, the company had recently changed its name from Coursekit and was...
Noodle, backed by founder of Princeton Review, buys social education startup Lore

Who were the top ed tech acquirers in 2012?

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A new report from M&A database CB Insights gives an overview of the 2,277 tech acquisitions it tracked last year (you can see my colleague Eliza Kern’s post on the breakdown here or view the entire report here.) But to give GigaOM a better view of the ed tech sector...
Who were the top ed tech acquirers in 2012?

StudyHall Offers New Site for Collaborative Course Work (And Books!)

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A new course management site, StudyHall, is looking to take current standard Blackboard to school. But StudyHall, which launches today, is taking a populist approach with its system: Students only, no professors allowed. StudyHall users can create Facebook-like profiles with pictures of themselves and a list of groups and interests....
StudyHall Offers New Site for Collaborative Course Work (And Books!)
Desire2Learn's New Learning Suite Aims To Predict Success, Change How Students Navigate Their Academic Career

How To Prepare For Your Big Interview With Google (GOOG)

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Interviewing with Google is stressful if you're a software engineer. You'll have to solve very tough problems. You'll have to do things outside of your comfort zone, like write code on a white board. Most of all: you probably really, really want this job. Google is considered one of...
How To Prepare For Your Big Interview With Google (GOOG)

Google Releases CloudCourse, an Open Source Learning Platform

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Google made a number of announcements in the past week that are of interest to educators: opening Google Wave to the public and extending Google Voice accounts to students. But one announcement that didn't receive much press was its release of CloudCourse, the new internal learning platform. Sponsor Built on...
Google Releases CloudCourse, an Open Source Learning Platform

With 4.5M Users, Instructure Takes On The Courseras & Udacities Of The World With Its Own Open Course Network

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Instructure launched Canvas in 2011 to give educational institutions an alternative to the ubiquitous (but much criticized) software of educational giants like Blackboard. Rather than forcing schools to spend six months integrating and learning how to use inflexible and bloated learning management software, Canvas offers an open source and cloud-native...
With 4.5M Users, Instructure Takes On The Courseras & Udacities Of The World With Its Own Open Course Network
Studyhall Launches A Peer-To-Peer Learning & Collaboration Network For Students

Video Of The Week: Going To The Blackboard To Talk About Online Higher Education

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A few weeks ago, I went down to Wharton, where I got an MBA in the mid 80s, to talk about "being contrarian". My experience with MBAs tells me that they need to be encoraged to think outside of the box and that's what I went down there to evangelize....
Video Of The Week: Going To The Blackboard To Talk About Online Higher Education

Blackboard: With Both Co-founders Now Gone, It's The End Of An Era For The Education Software Giant

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This week, in a letter addressed to “The Education Community,” Michael Chasen stepped down as the CEO of edtech software giant, Blackboard. In a way, it’s the end of an era. Whether or not it was an “era to remember” remains to be seen. Why is this significant? Because of...
Blackboard: With Both Co-founders Now Gone, It's The End Of An Era For The Education Software Giant
Thiel-backed Lore Bets The Newsfeed Is Education's Future

Writing it old-school with Handwrite

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Handwrite is a new iOS app from developer Dumitru Goro. It is available now as a free (and ad-supported) download from the App Store. Handwrite is an app that allows users to generate text by handwriting it with their finger (or an appropriate stylus, if they have one). Writing a...
Writing it old-school with Handwrite

10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, GOOG, AMD, FB)

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Hi there. Ready for some morning news?  Apple guru John Gruber thinks the iPad Mini will have no retina display, will cost less than an iPod Touch, and may not be called iPad Mini. Google stock tanked after earnings missed expectations. Blame Google's $12 billion Motorola acquisition. Samsung is selling...
10 Things You Need To Know This Morning (AAPL, GOOG, AMD, FB)

Instructure Launches App Center To Let Teachers, Students Install Third-Party Apps Across Learning Platforms

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Props are owed to companies like Blackboard and Moodle for being early movers in the educational software space, particularly in helping catalyze innovation in learning management systems (LMS). The problem is, of course, they began over a decade ago and there haven’t exactly been a flurry of raving reviews since....
Instructure Launches App Center To Let Teachers, Students Install Third-Party Apps Across Learning Platforms

και πολύ σωστός χειρισμός από αστυνομία. RT @sebkom: Blackboard hacked by third grader: http://bit.ly/bSDzcr

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και πολύ σωστός χειρισμός από αστυνομία. RT @sebkom: Blackboard hacked by third grader: http://bit.ly/bSDzcr
Instructure raises $30M to light up learning with better technology

E.O. Wilson's Five Principles for Budding Scientists

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The Harvard researcher and author holds court on breadth, getting help with math, and stepping away from the blackboard....
E.O. Wilson's Five Principles for Budding Scientists

Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard

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Speaking of good writers on writing. (Thanks to DF reader Shajith Chacko.)  ★ ...
Kurt Vonnegut at the Blackboard

Pathwright Launches Platform To Let Anyone Create, Sell Branded Online Courses

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Online education has been around for years, but they were largely viewed as experiments. Over the last year, things have changed. Elite universities are not only taking online education seriously, they’re building it into their 10-year plans. Harvard and MIT’s EdX is one example, Coursera another, while startups like CodeAcademy,...
Pathwright Launches Platform To Let Anyone Create, Sell Branded Online Courses
1M Users Strong, Schoology Grabs $6M To Take On Blackboard, Moodle

There Are A Million Education Startups And No One To Acquire Them

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Want to hear from top startups like Fab.com and Lot18? And NY's top investors? Join 800 innovation junkies at the Startup conference on May 3, 2012! Register now!One of the hottest startup sectors right now is education. 2Tor, for example, has raised $90 million in venture capital to make credible...
There Are A Million Education Startups And No One To Acquire Them

Blackboard Buys Mobile Messaging Company Saf-T-Net For $33 Million

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Blackboard, a company that designs an education software for school groups, has acquired mobile messaging provider Saf-T-Net for $33 million. Saf-T-Net develops AlertNow, which is a mobile messaging technology aimed to the K-12 marketplace. AlertNow’s technology delivers voice, e-mail and emergency SMS messages at a rate up to 2.5...
Blackboard Buys Mobile Messaging Company Saf-T-Net For $33 Million
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