The EdTech startup space is full of innovative people creating incredible products for students, and educators alike. To wrap up 2013, we've created a list of 13 education startups that picked up traction this year. This is no means a definitive list, but rather ones that received a significant funding in 2013.
Socrative helps educators engage their classrooms with educational activities on laptops, smartphones and tablets. Teachers are able to track student performance and gather real-time data in google spreadsheets and Excel files to help personalize and improve learning. The best part is it works on all browsers and apps, and is currently available for free! Follow them on Twitter: @socrative.
Securly is the first web filter that has been designed for schools. It protects students on computers but allows them safe access to tools such as Google, YouTube, and Wikipedia. It is cloud based with a free 30-day trial. The company claims it costs a fraction of the enterprise solutions that schools are forced to pay for today.
Schoolfy places educators at the center of their learning networks. It creates a private social network with both parents and students, where they can access grades, assignments, and paperwork. Educators can instantly create their own lessons online and tailor them to each individual student. It turns education into a personalized and customized experience! Follow them on Twitter: @schoolfy.
Learnmetrics™ have been compared to the educational version of Mint.com. They collect, connect and analyze school data. The data can be accessed on their dashboard to help discover patterns, and delve into the curriculum. There is no setup, or IT support required. Follow them on Twitter: @Learnmetrics.
Babbel makes learning language easy and interactive. They offer learning courses on vocabulary, writing, and listening both online and for iOS (Android is on the way). It is based on the latest technology, and makes foreign language learning easy and enjoyable. Follow them on Twitter: @babbel.
Treehouse brings affordable technology education to people everywhere, for both beginners and experts. Treehouse uses short videos, quizzes and badges to help subscribers learn web design, development and iOS development. If you sign up for their gold level of service, they donate one account to a public school student. Follow them on Twitter: @treehouse.
UniversityNow mission is to help ensure affordable, high quality post-secondary education is available to people everywhere. UniversityNow has built the most affordable and accessible accredited universities in the world, including Patten University (http://patten.edu) and New Charter University (http://new.edu). Follow them on Twitter: @unow.
Nearpod is an all-in-one solution for the synchronized use of iPads in the classroom. Teachers can create multimedia presentations with interactive features, share the content to the students, engage and then assess them in real time. Follow them on Twitter: @nearpod.
Kickboard is a web-based school analytics platform that allows educators and school leaders to capture, analyze and securely share student performance data. They are unique in that they analyze student behavior and character strengths. Follow them on Twitter: @kickboardapp.
Speakaboos is changing the way children read all around the world by helping children develop literacy skills while learning about technology. Characters and stories are given life through performances, illustrations, and original music. Follow them on Twitter: @speakaboos.
Silverback Learning Solutions empowers educators to intentionally direct lesson plans that help individual students succeed. Built in the classroom, Silverback’s Mileposts system provides quick and easy access for teachers to build and share customized learning plans for each student. Follow them on Twitter: @SilverbackLS.
OneClass (formerly Notesolution) aims to build the first global interactive library for educational content starting at the university level. It gives access to a library of study materials, course notes, and video tutorials for college students. Follow them on Twitter: @OneClass.
LightSail is a Common Core-aligned literacy solution for K-12. LightSail, is a comprehensive eReader that helps kids learn to read. It automatically moves them up reading levels and identifies areas where they can grow. Unlike other eReaders, they launched with a full-fledged ePub library capability. Follow them on Twitter: @lightsailed.
Bonus: Lernstift is the first pen that vibrates when you make a mistake or write illegibly! Created in Germany, it connects in real time to smartphones, tablets, and PC’s. It’s packed with sophisticated tech that recognizes all writing movements and is currently available for preorder. Follow them on Twitter: @lernstift.
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About the author: Jessica Finger works for Noodle's marketing department. She is a graduate of Quinnipiac University, and outside of work likes reading, going to the theater, and exploring the Interwebs. Follow her on twitter: @jkfinger.