Microsoft Acquires Education Video Platform Flipgrid

Microsoft Acquires Education Video Platform Flipgrid

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Microsoft had acquired Flipgrid, an education-focused video platform. Flipgrid is used by more than 20 million teachers and students. The video platform used to be a subscription-based service, but is now free for students and users thanks to the Microsoft acquisition. Microsoft has already integrated the Flipgrid app into Microsoft Teams in Office 365 for Education. The life science data management and collaboration platform Benchling raised $14.5 million in a series B round. The round was led by Benchmark Capital with participation from F-Prime Capital and Thrive Capital. This recent round of…

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Sphero acquires a music education startup

Sphero acquires a music education startup

It’s hard to say precisely how Sphero’s pivot to education is going in these early stages, but it recently got an infusion of funding and is already out acquiring new startups. The BB-8 maker announced this morning that it’s picked up Specdrums​ — the fellow Boulder, Co-based startup is a Kickstarter success story that lets users create music with an app connected ring. It’s a strange fit at first glance, but Sphero clearly sees the company’s wearable technology as a strong addition to its newfound STEAM education focus. “We firmly believe that play is…

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Commentary: The disconnect in Utah’s public education funding

Commentary: The disconnect in Utah’s public education funding

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Gov. Gary Herbert holds a press conference to release his proposed 2018 budget at Davis Technical College in Kaysville on Wed. Dec. 13, 2017.Funding public education systems is not inexpensive. More so, supporting high-quality schools in a state with a young, increasingly diverse and growing population means adequate resources are more critical today than ever before. While Utah has held education funding steady in recent years, our investment is not strong enough for every child to succeed. Last week, Gov. Gary Herbert released his…

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How Education Fared in Congress’s Tax Deal Compromise: Teacher Tax Deductions, Charter Financing & 3 More Noteworthy Fixes

How Education Fared in Congress’s Tax Deal Compromise: Teacher Tax Deductions, Charter Financing & 3 More Noteworthy Fixes

President Donald Trump listens as a family describes how the Republican tax reform legislation will help their taxes during an event in the Grand Foyer of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13, 2017. (Photo credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Weeks after fighting over tax reform — including pitched battles involving several education issues — GOP leadership released a final compromise late last week. On higher education, the bill ultimately didn’t include provisions that alarmed college and university leaders the most, like taxing graduate students’ tuition benefits. It does include a…

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Online education start-up Springboard raises $9.5 million funding led by Costanoa

Online education start-up Springboard raises $9.5 million funding led by Costanoa

Bengaluru: Online education start-up Springboard, which provides courses for professionals, on Monday said it has raised $9.5 million in a Series A funding round led by Costanoa Ventures, with participation from Learn Capital and Appdynamics founder Jyoti Bansal. Existing investors including Blue Fog Capital, Rocketship.vc and Moneta Ventures also participated in the round. Springboard has offices in Bengaluru and California. It focuses on skill-based courses like data science, user experience design and business analytics, among others. It will use the fresh funding to expand into newer verticals and geographies in India,…

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Is college education all you need to succeed?

Is college education all you need to succeed?

These young Kenyans did not go past secondary school, but are running well-to-do businesses. Lack of a college degree, they say, shouldn’t hinder you from achieving your dreams. Tony owns Antelox Agency, a branding and digital agency that offers web designing and digital branding services. On average, his business earns him Sh200,000 a month. Tony did not go past primary school. The only academic papers he has is his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education certificate, which reflects a poor score of 185 marks out of a possible 500 marks. “My…

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THE reporter honoured at education journalism awards

THE reporter honoured at education journalism awards

A Times Higher Education reporter has been named the UK’s higher education journalist of the year. Holly Else won the Outstanding Higher Education Journalism category at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ annual Education Journalism Awards. Her winning submission centred on a feature published in January 2017 that explored how likely academics were to confess to errors in their research. Three other THE journalists were on the five-strong shortlist for the category: data editor Simon Baker, reporter Jack Grove, and former reporter John Elmes. Mr Baker was also on the shortlist for the Outstanding Use…

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Evidence-based education needs standardised assessment

Evidence-based education needs standardised assessment

The latest Gonski review aims to improve evidence-based decision-making in Australian school education. It recognises that governments’ educational investment must be based on more than politics, just as teachers’ instructional decisions must be based on more than intuition. Like other professional sectors, Australian education must be guided by rigorous evidence of what works, for whom and in what contexts. Standardised assessments, like NAPLAN, are powerful tools in building a strong evidence base for education policy and practice. As NAPLAN enters its second decade, it is timely to reflect on how Australia can make best use…

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Finance Ministry opposes free higher education for all students

Finance Ministry opposes free higher education for all students

The Finance Ministry considers it inappropriate to make higher education in Japan free without exception, informed sources said. The ministry now believes the proposed program, as part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s initiative to support child-rearing families and cut tuition to zero, should screen eligible institutions and students, the sources said. Otherwise, Japan’s fiscal health, will deteriorate even further amid its ever-growing social security costs, they explained. Also, the ministry cannot give the nod because any indiscriminate tuition-free program could end up becoming mere financial aid for private universities and…

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Akeredolu’s govt to stop free secondary school education in Ondo

Akeredolu’s govt to stop free secondary school education in Ondo

Indications emerged on Sunday that the Ondo State government is set to discontinue free education at the Secondary Schools level across the state. The decision was contained in a communique issued by the over 2,000 stakeholders who converged on the International Culture and Events Center (DOME), Akure, for a two-day education summit in the state. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who declared the event opened last Thursday, had assured the participants of the summit that the government will enforce any decision taken at the end of the summit. He urged participants to…

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