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What It’s Like To Be A College Kid With A Profitable Side Business That Pulls In 6 Figures

What It’s Like To Be A College Kid With A Profitable Side Business That Pulls In 6 Figures

July 30, 2013

Dan Shipper, 22, is going into his final semester at University of Pennsylvania. Despite Shipper splitting time between class and "real" work, Firefly is profitable.

Firefly is a 2-person startup (three if you count the intern) that has only been around for 10 months. It enables customer service reps to share their screens with customers without requiring them to download any software. Its 6,000 customers either pay $25-99 per customer service rep or a fixed monthly rate if it’s a large organization. Today Firefly announced a partnership with chat company Olark that accounts for 5,000 of its 6,000 clients.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Changes in the Classroom

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Changes in the Classroom

July 30, 2013

(StatePoint) Across the country, parents are beginning to notice that today’s classroom looks quite different from what they experienced in their own school days. From personalized learning technologi

This 14-year-old is building connections for his startup

This 14-year-old is building connections for his startup

July 30, 2013

Fourteen-year-old Emerson Walker was sitting in class at Turpin High School when he realized he had forgotten his planner and couldn’t write down his assignments.

“I had an iPad at the time, so I thought, ‘Why isn’t there an app for this?’” he told me.

So he did what any good son of a partner at a venture firm would do — he decided to develop it himself (with some light encouragement from dad).

How Skype Became The Ultimate Free Teaching Tool

How Skype Became The Ultimate Free Teaching Tool

July 30, 2013

Connecting kids to lots of interesting experiences has become a lot easier with Skype In The Classroom, a program from the online phone service that connects students with guest speakers and other …

Inside TimeSpace, the New York Times’ new startup accelerator

Inside TimeSpace, the New York Times’ new startup accelerator

July 27, 2013

Like many entrepreneurs, Tarikh Korula takes pride in the standard perks of entrepreneurship: He doesn’t have a boss, a corporate cubicle, or a “real job.” It’s been seven years since he’s worked in what he calls a “proper midtown office.”

Dino 101 MOOC opens, offering free tuition in paleontology

Dino 101 MOOC opens, offering free tuition in paleontology

July 26, 2013

If you’ve ever harboured secret ambitions of becoming a palaeontologist or just watched Jurassic Park too many times, a new massive open online course (or MOOC) has opened for registration which might just be relevant to your interests.

"Dino 101 offers an engaging learning experience to anyone interested in palaeontology. We hope that this course will inspire the next generation of dinosaur researchers, and help excite the imagination of the general population," Faculty of Science Dean Jonathan Schaeffer told Wired.co.uk.

The Golden Age of Journalism and the Coming MOOC War

The Golden Age of Journalism and the Coming MOOC War

July 26, 2013

If you dislike annoying techn-utopian hype, you’re going to love Jonathan Reese’s anti-MOOC rant that Slate recently published. There are some interesting dynamics around this because academia has …

Wise.io wants to make machine learning available to all

Wise.io wants to make machine learning available to all

May 31, 2013

Machine-learning startup Wise.io is leaving one accelerator and joining another as it seeks to help enterprises make predictions on several kinds of incoming data.

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University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the Milken Family Foundation Name Winners of the 2013 Education Business Plan Competition

University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education and the Milken Family Foundation Name Winners of the 2013 Education Business Plan Competition

May 9, 2013

The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) and the Milken Family Foundation announced the winners of the 2013 Milken-Penn GSE Education Business Plan Competition (EBPC), held on May 7-8 on the Penn campus. Raise Labs was the big winner of the day, earning the most prize money ever at the Competition with three $25,000 prizes – the Milken Family Foundation First Prize, the Startl Prize for Open Educational Resources and the K12 Prize for Online Learning in Grades K-12. Education entrepreneurs from 10 early-stage start-ups competed in the final phase of the competition, which features seven prizes totaling $145,000 in funding. 

Pittsburgh, an EdTech Hive and home of the Kids + Creativity movement

Pittsburgh, an EdTech Hive and home of the Kids + Creativity movement

May 9, 2013

Why is Pittsburgh called the “EdTech Hive” in this piece in Education Week? For dozens of reasons, from the recent launch of Hive Pittsburgh to the new TechShop and very popular MakeShop (at the Children’s Museum).”Pittsburgh educators, innovators and organizations have come together to form the Kids+Creativity Network–more than 100 organizations, including public school districts, non-profit groups, libraries, museums, afterschool programs and neighborhood community centers–which is committed to remaking learning in the greater Pittsburgh area.”More than a long and impressive list, the many and varied organizations and activieis are fast becoming a hub that’s the envy of other cities.

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