Piper Closes $7.6 Million in Series A Funding, Led by Owl Ventures, to Inspire Next Generation of Makers and Inventors

DIY electronics and coding products combat problematic screen time epidemic facing children, turning them into active creators of technology

SAN FRANCISCO – Sep. 14, 2017 – Piper, a leading STEM education company that empowers inventors of tomorrow through technology-driven play, closed $7.6 million in Series A funding led by Owl Ventures, a VC fund focused on edtech innovators. Piper’s first product, a DIY computer kit inspires creative confidence and empowerment by seamlessly transforming kids’ passive technology consumption to active learning through problem-solving skills. The new funding will help Piper build an expanded ecosystem of products that allows children of all ages to continually expand their STEM skills. Additional investors include past participants Reach Capital and Stanford’s StartX fund, as well as a new incoming investor, co-founder of Guitar Hero, Charles Huang.

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IXL Supports Early Literacy Instruction with New Adaptive Phonics Curriculum for Pre-K through First Grade

 

SAN MATEO, Calif. – February 27, 2017 – Today, IXL Learning, a K-12 learning program used by 1 in 9 U.S. students, announced expanded phonics content for pre-K through 1st grade, rounding out its language and foundational reading skills curriculum for early learners. With adaptive technology, insightful analytics and a playful student experience, IXL Language Arts is designed to support the teaching of early literacy.

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IXL Releases Adaptive Middle School Science and Social Studies Curriculum for 6th through 8th Grade

SAN MATEO, Calif. – January 18, 2017 – Today, IXL Learning, the K–12 learning program used by 1 in 9 U.S. students, announced the introduction of adaptive science and social studies content for grades 6–8. Each skill in the curriculum leads students through a series of concepts using multi-stage challenges, which they complete by answering interactive questions. This progression helps students build mastery of complex topics, while the challenges make the learning process engaging. With this release, IXL now offers science and social studies for grades 2–8 and math and English language arts for grades pre-K–12.

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Super League Gaming Announces its Largest Season Yet Across North America with Metropolis Madness

In Season Five, Super League Gaming lets players build and battle in US landmarks in the Legendary Sandbox Game Across More Than 50 Cities Beginning October 18

SANTA MONICA, Calif.  — Sept. 27, 2016 — Super League Gaming, the Santa Monica-based company that transforms movie theaters into interactive, multiplayer gaming arenas, today announced the fifth season of its Minecraft event series — Metropolis Madness. Taking place in more than 50 cities across the U.S. and Canada, this 4-week league tests 6-16 year-old Minecrafters’ creativity, critical thinking and teamwork for the chance to win the coveted Super Bolt trophy and a $15,000 scholarship. Continue reading Super League Gaming Announces its Largest Season Yet Across North America with Metropolis Madness

IXL Announces Complete IXL Science and IXL Social Studies Curriculum for 2nd Through 5th Grade

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DENVER and SAN MATEO, Calif. – June 27,2016 – Today at the ISTE 2016 Conference and Expo, IXL Learning announced expanded coverage for IXL Science and IXL Social Studies, delivering an entire core curriculum of math, English language arts, science and social studies for grades 2-5. Students have already answered more than 85 million science and social studies questions since IXL released the new subjects.

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Anoto Appoints Michael Marcum as Senior Vice President of Product Strategy

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LUND, Sweden – January 28, 2016 – Anoto Group AB today announced that it has appointed Michael Marcum as Senior Vice President of Product Strategy. In this role, Michael will oversee strategic planning, brand strategy, and product positioning of Anoto’s global product portfolio across all business areas. Continue reading Anoto Appoints Michael Marcum as Senior Vice President of Product Strategy

IXL Releases New Version of iPad App with Unprecedented Coverage of Pre-K to 12th Grade Math and Language Arts

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Education app by edtech leader offers 14 grade levels of learning in a single download

SAN MATEO, Calif. – December 16, 2015 – IXL today released the latest version of its iPad app, which covers 14 years’ worth of math and English language arts instruction. The app features a complete progression of more than 4,500 skills from pre-K to 12th grade, covering addition to algebra, basic grammar to advanced writing skills, and everything in between. The app can be downloaded for free on the App Store.

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ANOTO GROUP TO ACQUIRE LIVESCRIBE INC.

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Smartpen Maker to Operate as Wholly-Owned Subsidiary and Complement Anoto’s Vision for Multi-surface Digital Writing and Drawing

Lund, Sweden & Oakland, Calif. – November 6, 2015 – Anoto Group AB today announced an agreement to acquire Livescribe Inc. Livescribe will be fully integrated with Anoto as a wholly-owned subsidiary, with the deal expected to close later this month. Continue reading ANOTO GROUP TO ACQUIRE LIVESCRIBE INC.