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New Education for the New Economy

New Education for the New Economy

Lore Launches a Rebuilt Platform, Aims to be a LinkedIn for Education

Meet the new Lore. (Photo: Screencap)

The latest from edtech startup Lore: Today the company debuts a rebuilt platform, designed to function more like a social network and less like those dreadful discussion forums you might remember from your educational days.

The rebrand fits with the vision CEO Joe Cohen was excitedly evangelizing when last we spoke. Back in April, the company shucked its original name (Coursekit) and christened itself Lore, a move meant to provide the team with more wiggle room. “Our vision is to be a platform for learning in whatever form,” he told Betabeat, but refused to divulge any details on what that might mean, product-wise.

In a phone conversation yesterday explaining the changes to Betabeat, Mr. Cohen was every bit as irrepressibly pie in the sky: Read More

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Coursekit Is Now Lore; Peter Thiel Invests

Mr. Cohen. (LinkedIn.com)

Coursekit, which bills itself as a social network for higher education, is Coursekit no more. Henceforth the company will be known as “Lore,” a name which offers a little more flexibility for a fast-growing, still-evolving startup.

The company released a statement saying that the change “reflects the company’s ambition to be the global network of learners, instructors, and educational content.” Read More

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Sign in to Homeroom: Schoology Raises $6 M. for Scaling Up

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The latest edutech startup to see a cash infusion from eager investors: Schoology, which has raised $6 million in a round led by FirstMark Capital. Founded in 2009, the company–currently clocking in at one million users–peddles a collaborative learning platform available in a free version for teachers and a paid version for school districts. The investment brings their total funding-to-date to $9.3 million. Read More

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Coursekit Taps The Hate With #EraseBlackBoard Campaign

It's not a competition, we're just saying

During interviews with Betabeat Coursekit’s Joseph Cohen has always played down Blackboard, which currently owns 80 percent of the market for educational software. “Our business model is not to compete with Blackboard by selling software,” Mr. Cohen told Betabeat. “It’s to create large audiences of students and teachers that we can then leverage for all sorts of things.”

They may not see themselves as competitors, but that doesn’t mean Coursekit can’t leverage all the ill will towards Blackboard out there. Today the company launched an ad campaign, #eraseblackboard, featuring testimonals from students who had been screwed by Blackboard. “Brian’s Chem final didn’t go as planned, so he emailed the professor to fight the grade,” reads one. “Or so he thought. Instead he sent the message to the entire class. Now everyone thinks he’s a brown-nose, and he still has a C.”

We’re a little suspicious of these students. Read More

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Mayor Bloomberg Joins The Learn To Code Crowd with Codecademy

Oh ho, Mr. I was into startups before the PC was invented

People have already been writing about the massive number of sign ups for Codecademy’s new product, a New Year’s resolution themed product that promises to teach users how to code with one year’s worth of interactive emails. It’s got more than 170,000 so far and show no signs of slowing down.

A particularly famous New Yorker—soon to have some free time on his hands—signed up today: Read More

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Codecademy Launches Labs To Help Students Explore Their New Skills

Codecademy broke onto the scene with some impressive growth and a $2.5 million round of funding from an all star cast that included Union Square Ventures and SV Angel. Now they are rolling out their first big product, Codecademy Labs, which lets users program in Ruby, Python and Javascript without having to download a desktop based editor, better known as an integrated development environment (IDE), which can require a whole lesson in itself.

The new product is based on work done by Codecademy’s first new hire, Amjad Masad, a Jordanian who’s open source work was already powering a big part of Codecademy. The aim is to get people writing and sharing programs without the hurdles of downloading software and learning to work in an IDE. Read More

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Q&A With Code Academy: The Web Needs Architects and It Needs Construction Workers

Time to level up, young coder

Code Academy co-founders, Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski are the quintessential startup duo. They met at Columbia, where Mr. Sims was studying political science and Mr. Bubinski was studying computer science. They worked on several projects together. Mr. Sims was the biz dev and product guy, Mr. Bubinski the coder.

“I kind of grew to hate it,” said Mr. Sims. “I wanted to be able to get my hands dirty and help build the ideas we were working on.”  Read More