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100+ Online Resources That Are
Transforming Education by batteryfast.
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Transforming Education by batteryfast.
The education system of the 20th century is built
around institutions: schools, colleges, academies and
universities. Naturally, many companies are aiming
to recreate a degree-issuing institution. In this sce-
Education tech-
nario, a startup has the highest level of control and
nology has be-
the highest earnings per student. Online-based insti-
come a busy
tutions have started from several niches (education
space in recent
for children with disabilities, advanced placement
years. Mark Zuc-
programs, test preparation) and are approaching
kerberg and Bill
mainstream education.
Gates continue
to push the en-
We've now seen the first online high schools (Keystone
velope with enor-
School), colleges (University of Phoenix, Kaplan
mous philanthro-
University, The Open University, University of the
pic gifts toward
People), certification programs (Alison.com), enter-
education reform; Blackboard.com was traded at
prise training programs (GlobalEnglish.com), art
a $1 billion plus valuation; and Google is putting
schools (AudioVisualAcademy.com) and test pre-
millions into education tech sites like KhanAcademy.
paration programs (Top Test Prep, GrockIt, Knew-
At Mashable, you've read about social campaigns
ton, RevolutionPrep, TutorJam, BrightStorm).
for education, gaming in education andfree educa-
tional resources.
At the same time, brick-and-mortar institutions
launch experimental online programs. iQAca-
With so many startups on the scene, it is easy to
demy helps high-schools to offer online classes,
get lost. Fortunately, most innovation is centered
and 2tor and Altius Education do that for universi-
around a short list of fundamental ideas. In this
ties. Finally, there are innovative offline programs
post, we'll walk through nine clusters of education
like YCombinator, Singularity University and Tetuan
tech companies.
1. New Institutions
2. Learning Management


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To build a new educational institution, one needs to
search Channel.org do the same for the science
assemble a lot of pieces. Institutions are also hard
community. Salman Khan of KhanAcademy.org re-
to scale. That's why many companies are opting for
corded more than 1,000 instructional videos cove-
a different path: They focus on a single problem,
ring almost all of the secondary school curriculum.
create a software solution and sell it to schools.
MIT OpenCourseWare and Stanford eCorner are lea-
Web-based tools are now used to manage applica-
ding examples of free online content from top univer-
tions, grades (Schoolbinder, LearnBoost), class ra-
sities. Tools for publishing (and charging for) online
tings and reviews (Courserank, acquired by Chegg),
educational content include Faculte.com, uDemy.
schedules, tests, textbooks and student-teacher mes-
com,Videolla.com, LearnOutLoud and Leaping-
saging. There is also a market for content manage-
Brain.com. Youtube.EDU and iTunes U are general
ment (Sakai Project, Moodle).
purpose content distribution hubs. OERCommons.
org is a search engine for open-licensed content.
Another important area is analytics and reporting
Sites like About.com,HubPages, Instructibles, Asso-
systems (SchoolNet.com). Learning management
ciatedContent and eHow collect practical advice on
systems are present in every market: schools, uni-
everyday topics.
versities, corporate education and training cen-
ters. Notable examples include Blackboard, Koo-
Using the principles that power Wikipedia, eve-
fers, ePals, MyEdu.com, edu20.org and GlobalScholar.
ryone can now create their own wiki with platforms
Solutions for corporate learning include Lear-
like PBWorksor Wikia.com. Wikified educational
ningZen, Learn.com, Taleo.com, eLearning Bro-
content can be found at Curriki.org, Wikiversity.
thers and Mindflash.
org and Wikibooks. Content libraries are created for
career inspiration (dailyendeavor.com, TryEnginee-
3. Online Content
ring.org), high schools (neok12.com,aventalearning.
com), case studies (StudyNet), and lecture notes

(GradeGuru). Flat World Knowledge publishes free
digital textbooks, while Chegg is a textbook rental
service. InkLing is following the "iTunes for iPad-op-
timized digital book" model and adds social features
to it. Rosetta Stone publishes interactive language
courses on DVD.
a long time, the market of educational content was
4. Networks and Marketplaces
controlled by book publishers. Technology is ready
to disrupt that picture in several ways. Online video

is set to take a share from text-based learning. Re-
commendation and search systems are offering new
ways for content discovery. As in other forms of
content, sales and subscriptions are moving to the
web. TED.com, Big Think, 99 Percent, Pop!Tech, GEL
Conference and the Charlie Rose show are notable
for video recordings of technology and business
leaders.Academic Earth, Videolectures.net, and Re-
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lunteers who encourage kids to study using Skype
video calls.
6. Learner Tools

web is an ideal tool to connect sellers and buyers
in any market. Once you get a critical mass of initial
users and investment in a brand, the network effect
will keep you growing. The first marketplaces are
already here, but the bigger fight lies ahead.

A number of sites (TeachStreet, BetterFly, School
For centuries, learning was based on classroom lec-
Of Everything, GuruVantage) offer tutor and trai-
tures and books. Can computers and mobile devices
ning listings.TheoryAndPractice.ru is a very popu-
offer more engaging alternatives? Having a conver-
lar Russian language site for "edutainment" event
sation with your teacher is much different when
announcements.CraftEdu.com is marketplace for
your classroom backchannel is powered by Twi-
paid/free online video and live training. Student Of
jector. Need to memorize something? QuizLet.
Fortune is a marketplace for homework help. Gulli-
com provides tools for fun flashcard-based learning.
verGo is a listing hub for educational travel. Noodle.
Commuting? There is a growing number of mobile
org is your guide for choosing college. General
learning apps including notes (StudyBlue, Wides-
purpose employment websites have sections for
cript), law bar exam preparation (BarMax, costs
jobs for students and internship search.JobSpice.
$999), and driving test preparation (uHavePassed).
com helps students to create their online resume.
Other tools include career orientation tests and edu-
cational games.
5. Live Training and Tutoring
7. Collaborative Learning

bandwidth improves, a number of startups are of-
fering web-based live training. General purpose
tools like Justin.tv, Ustream, and LiveStream can be

used for streaming lectures and conferences. Su-
percoolschool andEduFire.com provide specialized
In traditional education, being a part of a campus
live teaching tools. Myngle.com (languages) and Tu-
community can offer as much value as the lessons
torVista (high-school help) are tutor-student
themselves. It is no surprise that the community
networks for live education. Sugata Mitra introduced
aspect is moving online too. Services like UnClasses.
the concept of "Granny in the Cloud" -- senior vo-
org andOpenStudy.com allow learners to form
groups and study together. Quora.com and StackEx-
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change are modern question and answering plat-
puterized classroom solutions include TimeTo-
forms for professional topics. There isa large number
Know and SOLE project.
of education forums such asLiveMocha (language
learning) and Edublogs.org (teacher community).
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8. Funding and Payments

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