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Google for Entrepreneurs Partners with UP to Reach 1,000 Cities by 2016 Today, we are proud to announce that Google for Entrepreneurs, our longstanding partner in creating a more entrepreneurial world, has partnered to double the UP impact and expand into over 1,000 cities globally by 2016. This partnership will bring assistance to hundreds of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs. The UP platform will continue to develop, offering connection for existing community leadership, resources, and a suite of high-impact experiential programs. “With this ambitious growth phase and the impact of localized programs, UP can educate and inspire over half a million aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide in the next three years,” says UP Global CEO Marc Nager.

ClassPager Lets Teachers Quiz and Remind Students Via SMS Why ban phones from the classroom when you can harness them? Bootstrapped startup ClassPager today launches its Twilio-powered SMS system that lets teachers and professors efficiently send their students quizzes and reminders, and receive answers and feedback. ClassPager can re-engage bored or shy students, and show teachers who’s falling behind. The 30-second set up provides a classroom code students can text to participate, so teachers and students don’t actually have each other’s phone numbers.

Sky - Digital Learning Environment meets Content Management System Custom Curriculum Publishing is a tool used with the platform that allows you to organize your district’s digital content into ready-to-assign lessons, units, or courses. These curriculum assets can be easily shared across your entire district or with a select number of schools. Easily Organize and Share By sharing your own digital curriculum assets, you can help support your district’s instructional goals, such as supporting new standards, preparing students for online assessments, integrating technology into core instruction, or implementing project-based learning.

Screw University, Course Hero Curates YouTube Into Free Business and Coding Classes You can learn just about anything from YouTube…if you’re willing to dig through millions of videos. Luckily, Course Hero has done the work for you, offering coherent classes by hosting collections of the best educational YouTube videos and other content. The newly launched courses section of the eduTech startup’s site now has classes in entrepreneurship, business plan development, and programming in a variety of languages. Meanwhile, Course Hero offers crowdsourced study guides, tutoring, and flashcards. Khan Academy is great, but isn’t as scalable since it create the content itself. Miranor Canvas A lean canvas is one of the most basic tools of the Lean Startup methodology that was developed to increase success chances for startups. Typically it takes only a few minutes to fill out a lean canvas, so you should do it the moment a new and exciting idea pops in your mind. Filling out a lean canvas is the most efficient and productive way to: Document a startup idea, so it's not forgotten Analyze startups potential and viability Figure out how to go from idea to viable business with minimal resources Formulate the marketing message And more...

Textbook Rental Site BookRenter Spawns Rafter, A Course Materials Management Network For Colleges College textbook rental startup BookRenter is announcing an interesting new venture today, pivoting slightly from the singular focus on rentals to a broader market. Rafter is launching as a network of software services which basically allows college administrators and educators to better control cost and manage course materials and products for their students. BookRenter will continue to operate, but as a division of Rafter. As BookRenter and Rafter CEO Mehdi Maghsoodnia explains to me, the sourcing of course materials is actually a challenge for many professors and administrators for a number of reasons. First, discovering the best course materials for a particular subject has been a process that has taken place largely through word of mouth and offline conversations. Second, there are major complexities in accessing the rights to content as well as fulfillment.

Review: Moodle Teaching Techniques I had written a review of William Rice’s previous book and noted that it was rather technical. Moodle Teaching Techniques is more pedagogical and gets down to the details of how to develop online courses in Moodle. Moodle adoption is growing and it is probably the most widely-used open source learning content management system in the world. That makes this book rather timely [not like my review which I had hoped to write in 2007]. This is a good guidebook for anyone developing online courses with Moodle.

iversity is a platform for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). MOOCs offer unprecedented opportunities for students and professors alike. We believe that open courses can make a difference by enabling students from all over the world to take courses from professors all over the world. Designing: service, customer services, customer experience. Life’s too short to build something nobody wants… Sourced through from: See on – Designing services Related Designing with Customer Journey Mapping by DesignThinkers Group The Customer Journey Mapping methodology will help businesses in the service industry unleash collaborative creativity and come up with innovative new service concepts. Knewton Prepares To Take Education by Storm [TCTV] Here at the World Economic Forum in Davos, among the banking, shipping, steel and transport magnates of the global economy, there are a number of technology entrepreneurs floating around. As they rub shoulders with the likes of Eric Schmidt, Sean Parker, Loic Le Meur and Robert Scoble, it’s possible to peel them off from the crowd. I managed to catch Jose Ferreira, CEO and Founder of Knewton a startup which is aiming a silver bullet at the education problem with something that one might even call an audacious platform. How so? Well, Knewton, a technology company based in NYC, currently has an application being tested with 10,000 college student in the US and is described as an “adaptive learning platform”.

Crowdsourced Learning Platform Udemy Raises $3 Million From Lightbank And Others Groupon investors Eric Lefkofsky and Brad Keywell have led a $3 million Series A vote in Udemy, an online platform that allows anyone to host and learn from online classes. 500 Startups and MHS Capital also participated in the round. Exploring the Future of Work: A New SMT Column I'm very excited to be starting a new series about Exploring the Future of Work for Social Media Today. This series will be based on a bi-weekly deeper dive into specific elements of the 'Future of Work Manifesto', originally published on Medium in 2013. The Manifesto arose out of conversations with many smart and varied thinkers, but it’s an evolving, ongoing thought piece and I’m looking forward to not just sharing it with SMT readers but asking each of you to help me think about the next iteration of the manifesto as we go along. Specifically, as you read it, I’d like to know which parts resonate the most with you; what might be missing (I can think of some things already, such as the power of community, that need to be added) and any feedback or input you have as we go along.

BenchPrep Is Codecademy For Any Subject, High School To Med School Books are not the best way to learn. To retain knowledge you have to interact with it, and that’s where BenchPrep comes in. The startup licenses textbooks from big publishers like McGraw Hill and converts them into interactive web and mobile learning courses.