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Flip video cofounder launches learning platform Knowmia
Launched by the executives behind Flip video camera, Knowmia offers a video lesson platform for teachers and students. The new company, which is part of startup accelerator Y Combinator’s latest class to receive funding, works with teachers to review and curate videos.
iPads seem to raise classroom math scores in charter school study
In a four month period, a group of 8th grade Houston math students spent 80 percent of their learning time at home on an iPad while their teachers used classroom time for advanced one-on-one instruction in typical flipped classroom format. The results? “Overall, the percentage of students who rated either proficient or advanced (the ‘passing’ rate) was 49 percent higher in the flipped classrooms using the iPads than in the traditional classrooms with no iPads. The difference was most pronounced in the percentage of students rated as ‘advanced,’ which was 150 percent higher in the flipped classrooms.”
Lecture Series Geared Towards Educators: Aug. 18 Town Hall Los Angeles Event
How many of our readers hail from L.A.? This Saturday, the lecture group Town Hall Los Angeles will host a half-day conference on education technology called “Full STEAM Ahead.” The conference will be geared toward K-12 public teachers in science, math, technology, engineering … and let’s not forget the arts!
Critical Skills Education SaaS EverFi Raises $10M From Jeff Bezos, Eric Schmidt, Ev Williams And Others
There’s a whole bunch of prominent investors behind the technology company EverFi and its education software. The platform includes applications that educate teenagers on financial matters like student loans, tax filing, credit card debt as well as life issues such as cyberbullying awareness, online safety, alcohol abuse prevention, and sexual assault awareness.
Upstart Wants College Grads to Pass Up Jobs at Large Companies
This startup (get it?) allows recent college graduates to sell a share of their future earnings in return for money to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions. Perhaps it’s not surprising that one of Peter Thiel’s 20 Under 20 fellows is on this company’s team.
Khan Academy Launches the Future of Computer Science Education
“Computer science is an intensely creative field,” says Shantanu Sinha, President of Khan Academy. “We really wanted to focus on creating something that could inspire young children, and get them excited and motivated to explore CS further.” Khan’s step into computer science focuses on students in their early adolescent years, allowing for those with minimal subject knowledge to gain an interest in the field.