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'Airbnb of education'
Flashnotes looking to help, not disrupt, the education establishment
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A few years ago, Boston startup Boundless found itself in the midst of a bitter legal battle after debuting e-textbooks that resembled those of established publishers. Now another Boston startup, Flashnotes, is revealing a wholly different edtech strategy by working hand-in-hand with one of those very same publishers, Cengage Learning.

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Permission Slips? We don't need no stinking Permission Slips
Techstars' EdTrips is more than your average back-to-school startup
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EdTrips is a startup that has found a way to make signing up and paying for field trips much easier for teachers, students, and especially parents. Since paper field trip permission slips and payments have a habit of getting lost in your kid's backpack, EdTrips is a great concept to start with. Read More
What do the kids think?
Panorama Education connects with Harvard for open source surveys: Why it's important
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On Tuesday, Panorama Education, the Y-Combinator graduate ed tech startup that has been backed by Mark Zuckerberg, announced that it is taking its survey product for K-12 schools and making it free through an open source initiative. What's more, Panorama has teamed up with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to do so. Read More
Tech for Language
Talkitt hopes to bridge the chasm of language disability
Voiceitt, a company founded in Israel currently taking part in MassChallenge, has developed a voice recognition platform that could give a voice to the millions of people living with speech disabilities. On Monday, the company is launching an IndieGogo crowdfunding campaign to raise money for TalkItt, the company's technology that translates unintelligible language into understandable speech. Read More
What's Next for Online Education
What’s wrong with MOOCs and why aren’t they working?
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Not too surprisingly, Boston has become one of the epicenters of the next would-be education revolution: Online learning. Spearheaded by EdX, which gained backing from Harvard and MIT, the city that hosts some hundred institutions of higher education is also trying to reform it. Harman Singh, the founder and chief executive of WizIQ, shares where he sees the field stumbling. Read More
Teach the Children Well
Panorama Education - recent moves and new hires don't follow the traditional ed tech playbook
Panorama co-founder and CEO Aaron Feuer.
Since moving from California to Boston last fall, Panorama Education, which uses and analyzes surveys to make schools, teachers, and education as a whole better, has strived to break the common ed tech startup mold by being a bit more like a traditional software startup or consumer tech company. That trend continues with some recent developments. Read More
Boston Edtech Boom Times
What a difference a year makes: LearnLaunchX demo day recap
Thomas Ketchell of Hstry at LearnLaunchX Demo Day (via Kyle Alspach)
Last year, LearnLaunchX, Boston's edtech startup accelerator, hosted its first demo day. The location was  District Hall in the South Boston Seaport, which at the time had just recently opened. For last year's event, the space was still unfinished, there was no coffee shop, and Gather, District Hall's restaurant, wasn't even close to being a reality.  Read More