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Edsurge writes up "​Updates, Upgrades and Overheard: What Was Unveiled at ISTE 2017." It's not everything that happened at the giant vendor event. So it's interesting to see whose press releases get a mention here: Google Microsoft Apple Amazon (actually a note that there was no news at ISTE) SchoolDude...

Edsurge touts "The Power of Nonprofit Acquisitions: Curriculet Rises from the Dead," noting that Curriculet's acquisition by Waterford means the curriculum company is back in operation. There is no disclosure in the article that Edsurge shares an investor with Curriculet: NewSchools Venture Fund. I have been tracking these failures to...

Edsurge reports that the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative has hired Bror Saxberg to lead its "learning engineering" efforts. Saxberg was formerly the Chief Learning Officer at Kaplan. Edsurge fails to disclose that one of its investors, Graham Holdings, owns Kaplan. I have been tracking these failures to disclose financial relationships because Edsurge...

Edsurge conducted a series of interviews at the ASU-GSV Summit this spring. One posted this week with the CEO of Guild Education fails to disclose that the two companies share an investor: 1776. Now that I think of it, there's no disclosure in any of Edsurge's write-ups from ASU-GSV that...

It's really just a rewrite of a press release, but Edsurge notes that "Cory Reid, Former CEO of Instructure and MasteryConnect, Lands New Gig at Tyton Partners." There is no disclosure on the article that Edsurge shares investors with MasteryConnect: NewSchools Venture Fund, Learn Capital, GSV, and Catamount Ventures. I...

Edsurge reports that "BrightBytes Tried to Buy Hapara. Then a Better Offer -- and a Legal Complaint -- Emerged." There is no disclosure on the article that Edsurge shares investors with both of these companies: ImagineK12 has invested in Edsurge and Hapara, and Learn Capital and NewSchools Venture Fund have...

Edsurge has published an op-ed, "A Basic Glossary to Income Share Agreements, a New Approach to Student Finance," penned by the CEO of Vemo Education and by the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management at Purdue. There is no disclosure on the article that Edsurge and Vemo Education share investors: Learn...

Here is the latest data about “the business of ed-tech” for May 2017 Amount of venture capital invested: $212,180,000 Number of investments: 13 Average investment size: $17,681,667 / Median investment size: $5,100,000 Number of acquisitions: 6 The funding total for 2017 remains higher than the two previous years at this...

"Real Life Learning: An Up Close Look at Competency-Based Education," by Edsurge, with sponsorship from D2L. There is no disclosure on the landing page for the guide (nor on individual articles in it) that the two companies share investors: Graham Holdings. I have been tracking these failures to disclose financial...

"Texas Partners With BloomBoard to Bring Competency-Based PD to the State," Edsurge wrote on May 24, 2017. This article fails to disclose that Edsurge and Bloomboard share investors: Imagine K12, Learn Capital, and the Gates Foundation. I have been tracking these failures to disclose financial relationships because Edsurge has been...