scene located in the Silicon Bayou in New Orleans. One NOLA-based edtech company to watch is Kickboard, which offers an analytics platform to help teachers gather and assess data around student performance. Kickboard just last week raised $2 million in a series A funding round led by New Markets Venture Partners and Two Sigma Ventures, bringing their total amount raised to $2.8 million. Kickboard plans to use the funding to expand their team and further improve their product.
Currently 200+ schools across the country use Kickboard, enabling teachers to gather and analyze student performance data. Teachers can record and share behavior updates, noting whether students are on task, exemplifying leadership qualities or forgot their homework. Teachers can also customize and track specific skills for various courses to gauge whether students are on track.
Kickboard offers an enterprise solution for schools but also offers free lite accounts for individual teachers who want to try out the platform prior to school-wide adoption. Enlisting proactive teachers to introduce the technology to their colleagues seems like an effective approach to drive adoption more quickly, so we’ll keep an eye on Kickboard to see how the company progresses over the next few months.
Additionally, if you’re at SXSWedu, Kickboard founder and CEO, Jennifer Medbery will be presenting tomorrow from 8:30-9am CT in Room 406.