Tweetables: This Week’s Top News That’s Fit to Share

Haven’t been keeping up with your edtech news lately? Fear not! Technapex presents “Tweetables,” our roundup of the week’s top shareable #edtech articles. 

With $1.3M from 500 Startups & Others, Chalkable Launches an App Store for Schools
TechCrunch reports on the new app store from one of 500 Startups graduate companies, Chalkable. They’re hoping to launch in over 50 schools this year. “Chalkable is offering one, aggregated resource for teachers and parents to find web-based learning apps and tools. While the App Store and Google Play offer you the ability to filter by category, purely by offering one place to bring together ed apps already starts to solve a big pain point for the wild, fast-growing world of online education content.”

  • Chalkable graduates from 500 Startups with $1.3M, wants to launch in over 50 schools. http://tcrn.ch/Si5pRZ

Pandora for Ed Apps: eSpark Nabs $5.7M From 500 Startups, Others, Hires Facebook Mobile Vet As CTO
Another education app company is eSpark, which has landed a cool $5.7M from 500 Startups and others. This company recently hired on a veteran from Facebook Mobile, Luke Shepard as the new CTO.

  • Pandora for Ed Apps? eSpark graduates from 500 Startups, snags $5.7M, hires new talent.  http://tcrn.ch/PZmpH5

Zoran Popovic: Massive Multiplayer Games to Solve Complex Scientific Problems
The director of the Center for Game Science, Zoran Popovic delivers this TED talk about using multiplayer games to take on scientific problems. Gates Education tweeted about it today, and it was definitely worth a look!

  • #TEDtalk: Massive multiplayer games to teach science, new ways of problem solving: http://gates.ly/Puw3B2  #STEM

Edmodo Shows Off Its New Look
Edmodo, the social networking site for teachers and students, shows off a fresh look and beefed up networking muscle. CEO Nick Borg says teachers wanted better navigation and control over groups, ability to discover more resources and signaling techniques to indicate what people like.

  • Like the new look? Social networking site Edmodo offers new features and interface. http://bit.ly/Q7kGUm

Harvard Students in Cheating Scandal Say Collaboration Was Accepted
Following the controversy surrounding a massive cheating ring uncovered by the student newspaper The Crimson, those students accused of cheating are defending their actions. “Students said they were tripped up by a course whose tests were confusing, whose grading was inconsistent, and for which the professor and teaching assistants gave contradictory signals about what was expected.”

  • Harvard students accused of cheating defend actions. “…tests were confusing … grading was inconsistent.” http://nyti.ms/Pz1JFx