Every year, the SXSWedu Conference in Austin, Texas draws in a large and diverse crowd of education stakeholders. This diversity is reflected in most of the panels at the conference, producing fascinating conversations through the blending of perspectives. “Can Digital Tools Boost SEL?” was a panel that presented at the conference in which various members of the edtech community were represented.
The mission of former LearnLaunch accelerator company, Quill, is to provide free online tools to help the 30 million low-income K-12 students in the U.S. who struggle with writing. In addition to not having access to the best schools, their target students have most likely grown up in a digital world, which tends to encourage speed reading while hindering comprehension and attention to detail.
WriteSteps is a standards-based, K-5, digital writing and grammar curriculum that helps teachers create skilled writers. Built upon research tested best practices, its teacher-friendly lesson plans and digital writing platform support a variety of delivery methods....
The mission of Cashtivity is to create digital products that spark students’ entrepreneurial spirits and develop their mindset and skills for success. Since graduating from LearnLaunch, the team has successfully created a new product, Cashtivity for Math, based on the realization that their vision and platform needed to be laser-focused on mathematics first.
Founded by nationally recognized experts on health disparities and run by Michele Courton Brown, Quality Interactions’ e-learning courses train healthcare professionals to communicate with and care for diverse patient populations to improve patient experience, improve health outcomes and financial results.
Michael Hansen, CEO of Cengage, presented a message for his audience of investors, founders and entrepreneurs at his Across Boundaries Conference keynote —find a “clear, simple guiding light” that will drive your company.
CareAcademy, Co-Founded by Helen Adeosun, educates caregivers to provide excellent care. Steve Shapiro, the lead Venture Partner for CareAcademy said, “I was drawn to CareAcademy first because I see it as solving a huge problem, as the largest single job in America is home health assistant and supplying and training this huge pool of candidates is critical for the stability of millions of families across the country. I was very enamored with the two entrepreneurs, Helen and Madhuri, and believe they have the conviction and perseverance to be successful.” Steve plans to use his experience negotiating contracts with large strategic partners to help CareAcademy scale quickly.
HSTRY, originally marketed as an education tool for recounting major events in a more engaging and interactive way, has recently rewritten its own history by rebranding as Sutori. Sutori—a play on the Japanese word for story—more accurately presents the scope of their tool, which is not just a timeline generator but a free storytelling app that supports all media and is shared easily via email or social media.
CourseStorm, co-founded by Brian Rahill & Matt James, provides simple online registration and marketing software for education providers to publish their class catalog online, process registrations, and spread the word about their offerings.
LearnLaunch Accelerator, the leading education technology startup program, today announced that WriteSteps, a Michigan-based edtech company, is joining its 2017 Breakthrough Accelerator Program. Focused on standards-based writing and grammar programs for K-5, WriteSteps has emerged as an important innovator in the growing education space.