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SETDA partners with 9 hot ed-tech startups

By Laura Devaney
June 15th, 2015

Startups focus on serving K-12 educational needs

SETDA-startupThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), which represents U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders, recently announced its third annual cohort of Emerging Private Sector Partners.

These nine SETDA Emerging Private Sector Partners will debut at the upcoming Emerging Technologies Forum on June 26 in Philadelphia, PA and engage with the SETDA membership over the next twelve months:

1. Allcancode – an app that introduces younger students to computer science through gameplay.

2. Edthena – a platform for teachers to record themselves and receive feedback online.

3. LEARNstyle – trains those with learning barriers on using assistive technologies.

4. Nureva – online portfolio platform that aligns to curriculum and uses ready-made rubrics.

5. Pear Deck – creates live sessions for interactive slide-sharing presentations.

6. Qustodio – allows parents and educators to set controls over kids’ internet usage, and track it using a dashboard.

7. Sibme – tool for sharing personal teaching practices, videos, and documents and reflect on them with others.

8. Three Ring – lets students submit classwork and lets teachers view, organize, and provide feedback to students from mobile devices and computers.

9. Zulama – provides courses and training for students to gain skills in game design, 3D modeling, and other related topics.

The nine companies making up this cohort were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants based on their status as an emerging company, capacity to leverage technology to serve a need in K-12 or pre-service education, and their potential to scale on a state-wide and multi-state basis.

“State educational technology leaders will receive the benefit of learning about our strategic partners’ high quality digital learning products and services,” stated Lan Neugent, SETDA’s Interim Executive Director. “At the same time, these companies will benefit from greater understanding of existing and emerging policies and practices in the states. They will also gain from tapping into the experience and knowledge of those who have set strategic direction and influenced local school technology implementation in their states.”

“We’re thrilled to be selected as a SETDA Emerging Private Sector Partner,” said Nancy Knowlton, CEO of Nureva. “We look forward to receiving feedback and gaining insight from the state members to help guide our product direction as well as the opportunity to stay up-to-date on state and national level policies, emerging trends, education research and best practice.”

Over the next year, the Emerging Private Sector Partners will have the opportunity to benefit from deep education industry expertise via SETDA Channel Partners launching with an Emerging Partners Workshop on June 27. The Channel partners are longstanding experts in the K-12 industry with experience in supporting and scaling successful companies and connecting them to leading organizations like SETDA.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

About the Author:

Laura Devaney

Laura Ascione Devaney is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, and rooting for the Terps. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura http://twitter.com/eSN_Laura