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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.

Voice Pricing - Pay as you go for phone numbers and voice calls Local phone numbers e.g.+1 -415-xxx-xxxx for San Francisco, United States $1 / mo phone numbers Connect with local numbers 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.

DeskSMS SMS Text Messaging from your PC, Mac, or Tablet, using your CURRENT Android phone number. Texting done better!Featured in Time Magazine's "Best 50 Android Apps of 2013": ★ Send & Receive SMS text messages on your computer or tablet ★ Instant Notifications on computer/tablet when SMS hits phone. Mobile game maker Pocket Gems expands to interactive stories with Episode Mobile game maker Pocket Gems is venturing into new territory with the release of Episode, a platform for interactive stories on mobile devices. Above: A screenshot from Episode — the choice is yours. Image Credit: Pocket Gems Episode is an innovative take on providing digital content in the age of smartphones and tablets.

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”.

App Factory Brilliants Apps Your content, fully branded Your logo, your icon, your colours Works with your blog, website, Twitter page, Flickr stream, YouTube channel, etc... 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.

BetterLesson Grabs $1.6 Million To Let Educators Find And Share The Best Lesson Plans Primary and high school teachers already have a hard job. It’s difficult to envy the pour souls who had the unfortunate position of educating the type of disorderly rapscallions like myself at a young age. Not to mention, enduring low wages and a system largely devoid of the same technological aids that have come to assist nearly every other profession. When it comes to the actual daily process of designing the curricula that students will follow, teachers basically have to create their own, ad hoc, every night. There are lesson plan sites, but most of the content is outdated and disorganized. Lesson plans haven’t really made the jump into the digital era.

Remind101 Is A Private Twitter For Teachers Ten companies from the Imagine K12 incubator in Palo Alto pitched their wares onstage this morning at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. In order to participate in the three-month Imagine K12 program, which runs out of the AOL offices, a startup has to have an education bent but otherwise can focus on any product. When I asked Imagine K12 participant Brett Kopf why start an incubator focused solely on education he responded,”There are a lot of problems in education, so there’s a lot of room to be solving problems.” Fair enough. Kopf’s startup, remind101, is a private “Twitter for teachers,” providing educators with a “safe” way to broadcast messages like test reminders (hence the name) and notes of encouragement to their students; With remind101 no participant has any access to any other participant’s personal and sensitive contact info like social networking profiles, phone numbers or email addresses. “It’s not that we don’t trust teachers.