GoStudent | March 31, 2021
GoStudent, the Vienna-based e-learning startup, has finished a €70 million Series B round drove by new financial backer Coatue along with existing accomplices Left Lane Capital and DN Capital, just a brief time after the expansion of its Series A.
Established in 2016, GoStudent's advanced learning stage brings understudies of any age along with deliberately chose instructors in a virtual one-on-one homeroom setting. The way that this advanced schooling offer has demonstrated mainstream with numerous guardians has inspired the organizers Felix Ohswald (who we talked with a year ago) and Gregor Müller to proceed with the fast development.
The financing will be utilized to additional drive the internationalization of GoStudent, propelling the presence in huge mentoring markets like France, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Ireland. Turkey and Greece will be dispatched in the principal half of 2021 among different nations. Furthermore, GoStudent will put profoundly in marking and item improvement. Before the year's over, GoStudent means to be available in any event 15 nations across Europe and develop its group to +800 representatives and +10,000 mentors.
StrongMind | August 03, 2021
StrongMind today announces the release of a new, innovative K-5 solution designed specifically for hybrid, blended, and virtual learning models. Developed by a team of education experts passionate about fostering student success, the digital curriculum is standards-aligned, research-based, and leverages technology to create a personalized and impactful learning experience for all students.
Using backwards-design and sound teaching pedagogy, the StrongMind K-5 solution engages students with rich media multimedia, including videos, infographics, interactives, comics, and more. Opt-in scaffolds, such as text-to-speech, annotations, translation for 18 languages, closed captions, and more ensure all learners receive the support they need. Most courses include 1-2 projects, guiding students to synthesize their understanding and apply their learning to real-world applications.
For K-1 students, the StrongMind solution uses a unique carousel-style interface with short blocks of text or media to capture and maintain attention. Young learners are also supported with read-along storybooks to reinforce reading skills and fluency.
StrongMind equips teachers with robust resource guides, providing the supports needed to instruct students in hybrid, blended, or virtual learning models. Additionally, teachers can easily tailor learning by customizing discussion questions, modifying sequence control, adding content, and adjusting settings for how students progress through courses. Teachers can view snapshot reports of the whole-class, groups, or individual students with real-time data and actionable insights. They also have a comprehensive view of formative and summative assessment data, including item analysis.
As a unique added benefit, StrongMind has several resources to support parents, families, and learning coaches as students work through K-5 courses. Resources include printable materials, extension and enrichment activities, materials lists, and additional guidance for coaching and online learning.
"From the outset, we designed the StrondMind K-5 curriculum with the end-users in mind, which includes teachers but also parents and students," says Chief Academic Officer, Yovhane Metcalfe. "By working closely with parents to gather feedback and observing students as they interact with courses, we were able to create a user-driven experience that is supported by research- based best practices and aligned to state standards."
StrongMinded K-5 courses are compatible with any instructional model – virtual, hybrid, or blended – ensuring continuity of learning across grade bands or as models change.
StrongMind partners with schools and districts to develop forward-thinking solutions that address unique school challenges. With a consultative approach, engaging digital curriculum, a suite of edtech tools, a range of services, and clear insights, we maximize student achievement and help schools thrive. A recent recipient of multiple Digital Promise Research-Design certifications and winner of more than 60 awards, StrongMind innovates into the future of education.
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USRA | March 22, 2022
On March 21st, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced that it has joined forces with the U.S. Space Force and the Air Force Research Laboratory to support scientific and technical research at seven selected universities. The partnership is called the University Consortium Research Opportunity (UCRO) and illustrates the significant partnership that connects academic research and government organization.
"UCRO represents an incredibly unique opportunity for USRA to support the research efforts of an array of institutions, that will effectively advance the scientific and technical prowess of both USSF and AFRL. Importantly, these established partnerships will also engage a diverse group of students and postdoctoral fellows in research that contributes to an increased understanding and appreciation for STEM workforce opportunities within both agencies."
-Bernard Seery, Senior Vice President, USRA Technology Research and Development,
This workforce development program will leverage USRA’s proven record in STEM academics and administration.
"USRA's role administering UCRO will enable institutions to generate pertinent research critical to both USSF and AFRL. The research yielded will unquestionably support the mission of both agencies and will encourage interest in USSF and AFRL among the next generation of STEM professionals."
-Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler, USRA Director of Education
The principal investigators, their institutions, and proposals selected for this program include:
Dr.Michael Kinzel,University of Florida"Industrial-Aero Optimization for Agile Rocket Cargo Delivery"
Dr.Anthony Torres,Texas State University"Understanding the Effect of Vibration on the Crystallization of ZBLAN"
Dr.Anouck Girard,University of Michigan"Safe Learning in Space for Proximity and Rendezvous Operations"
Dr.Siamak Farhad, TheUniversity of Akron"On-Orbit and In-Situ Inspection and Repair of Spacecraft"
Dr. Marek Osiński,University of New Mexico"Designer Nanoparticles for Quantum Sensing of Location and Electric Field"
Dr.Brandon Jones, TheUniversity of Texas at Austin"Information Theoretic Detection and Tracking for Rapid IOD"
Dr.Miguel Velez-Reyes, TheUniversity of Texas at El Paso"Innovative Analysis of Spectra-Temporal Signatures Using Machine Learning for Ground-Based Remote Sensing of Unresolved Resident Space Objects"