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The Details & Back-story: InstaEDU, which launched recently in beta, allows students to find "top university students" for 1:1 live, video chat-based instruction. Tutors are listed by subject area, which include the following: Finance, Math, Language, Liberal Arts and Test Prep. These top-level categories are then broken d...
The Details & Back-story: Civitas Learning is yet another ed tech brainchild of CEO Charles Thornburgh. (Early ventures include ClickSafety.com, an online safety training company). The Austin, Texas-based startup (launched May 2012) brings predictive analytics to higher education, ultimately measuring what works and what doesn't, using BIG data to improve various key outcomes at multiple levels of the higher ed institution....
The Details & Back-story: Launched earlier this month, Edsy allows students to access free, live-streamed test prep and homework assistance. Registered students can participate in webcasts, ask questions, and receive real-time feedback from highly vetted instructors. One of the founders, Reuben Kerben, is a startup vet with both Spiral Universe and the video-based Encameo (coming soon!) under his belt. Fun note: Edsy is listed as a soon-be announced "stealth startup" on Reuben's LinkedIn profile. Unique Point-of-difference: Live-streaming to a non-paying audience. Most test prep online is 1:1, restricts login to Facebook-only, or is fee-based. Edsy seems to break the mold by incorporating live-streaming, charging students no fee, and allowing for Facebook-optional access. Edlab Relevance: What role could live-streaming play on EdLab platforms like Vialogues? What are the costs & benefits of adding live-streaming to an otherwise asynchronous platform? Is live-streaming simply a way to "dress-up" traditional teaching? Could a live-stream option be a part of the mentorship experience on Ednode? Our Takeaway: Free and live, Edsy offers a unique take on test prep.
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Details & Back-story: Boston-based Smarterer combines crowd-sourced test questions, the same scoring system used for NCAA tourney "trees" (Glicko Ratings) and robust badge-based credentialing. Smarterer tests are user-created, user-rated, and focused...
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Details & Back-story: Ballonduck is the new kid on the block in the social network neighborhood, a Q&A website that seems to me like the forbidden lovechild of Pinterest, Twitter, and Quora. The main content on Balloonduck revolves around users' questions called "requests" and the conversations regarding these requests are intended to be opinion-based rather than factual. The founders are former UNC students, Vivian Xue and Brandon ...
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Details & Back-story: LORE, which began its existence as CourseKit (check-out this short animation explaining the pivot), is a hybrid LMS, course creation, and social networking platform for students, instructors, and lifelong learners....
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Details & Backstory: Knimbus is a 2 year-old, Delhi-based startup focused on providing a platform to share, discover, and collaborate on research and research-related resources for higher ed. Knimbus was founded by Rahul Agarwalla a...
Details & Back-story: Part of the second graduating class from the Imagine K-12 edtech incubator/accelerator in Palo Alto, CA, EdShelf is a customizable directory of online tools, apps, and websites for educators. EdShelf's interface allows users to easil...
The Details & Back-story: Three Ring, founded by three friends, one of which was an LA-area teacher, offers smartphone and tablet-friendly applications that allow educators to easily capture and organize traditional paper-based student work. Three Ring goes bey...
The Details & Back-story: MyEdu is on a mission to help college students and their parents get a better “return on education." It promises to help students save up to 20% on college fees that would otherwise be incurred by using traditional channels to plan their courses, select a major, and buy textbooks. Th...