AI+ Vocational Education, This is an Educational Trend from Silicon Valley

Hello, everyone is good Monday! This week, the entire Silicon Valley was overshadowed by Facebook’s data breaches. The shadow of Facebook, the social tycoon, did not affect the Bayer’s twice-year entrepreneur’s event YC Demo Day. There were also 128 companies’ appearances this year, including Many educational technology companies (whispered to tell you, a lot of AI companies oh ~ ), come and see us as soon as possible!

Edwin – is a language-based test preparation product in Silicon Valley that combines AI technology with traditional English tutors to provide students with TOEFL, TOEIC and many other types of language exams. The first lesson series is 5 nodules. The price of each lesson is about 50 US dollars. Since March this year, 1300 people have used the services they provided. In addition to pro forma products, Edwin has previously launched word recitation courses and has more than 750 million registered to use their products.

Glipmse K12 – For many school districts, it has become a very urgent matter how to judge whether or not your input can really help students and teachers improve the effectiveness of teaching. Glipmse introduced AI technology at this pain point, and used the data from other applications to help school districts judge whether it is worthwhile to invest in a product. Currently, Glipmse has landed on 20 campuses to monitor the effectiveness of more than 50 products. Based on the size of the school district, it is based on each student’s fee collection method. Similar products are BrightBytes and Schoolzilla.

Hunter 2 – An increasing number of user data breaches raise awareness about code security. Hunter2 hopes to protect data security from the source by educating developers on how to protect code security. In terms of products, Hunter adopted a simulation approach that allows participating developers to respond to real data breaches in a virtual environment. Hunter 2 uses the 2B model and has been on the line for two weeks and has already acquired users from 15 companies.

Juni Learning – Online STEM-related courses, especially language programming classes. The users targeted by Juni Learning are 8-18 year-olds, providing programming options such as Scratch and Python for users to choose from. The current method of payment is 250 lessons per month, 50-minute 1-to-1 lessons per week. At the same time, they also provide a small class model, which costs 160 knives per month and offers 50 pairs of 50 lessons per week. In the future they hope to be able to expand to more other online programming courses such as cyber security and machine learning.

NexGenT – This company we introduced earlier in the Silicon Valley Weekly report, starting with specific jobs and providing online IT professional training. As technology continues to evolve, the functions of programmers have begun to get more subdivided, not just what kind of language you are taught to use, but more about who you might be. NexGenT is the most popular position in the world – Network Engineer begins to cultivate talents, cultivate the full stack skills needed for this position, to solve the final export problem of training.

In addition to the YC project, we also found other educational innovation companies:

Curio Learning – For many American teachers, teacher training is almost accompanied by their entire teaching career, but how to establish an effective teacher training system is almost a very difficult problem to solve. Curio Learning has built a private community dedicated to the teacher community, allowing teachers from different regions to communicate and learn online. This product is currently supported by the Bill Gates Foundation. The founder himself is a teacher and has many years of teaching experience.

Educational technology investment and financing events and those new companies!
Last week, a total of two companies received investment financing, namely MyOn and Tech Will Save Us. Among them, MyON’s acquisition is particularly eye-catching. MyOn was just one year away from its last sale. In February 2017, Capstone sold MyON, its e-book reading platform, to San Francisco-based PE, Francisco Partners. This PE company’s other education company is famous. The LMS company PowerSchool, has also recently been sent out to find new buyers.

With this acquisition, MyOn will combine more than 13,000 of its books with Accelerated Reader 360 products of Renaissance Learning. The content of the books will be combined with the original evaluation technology to enrich the existing library. After the acquisition, more than 100 original MyOn teams will be incorporated into Renaissance Learning, but MyON will still maintain its own independent brand.

Those who can’t miss the talk of Silicon Valley!

1. Last week Apple announced that it would hold a press conference in Chicago on March 27 and emphasized that it was a press conference for the education market. Nowadays, in the K12 education equipment market, Google has taken the lead, Microsoft is following closely with low-priced equipment, and Apple’s market share is shrinking. This conference is considered by many to be an example of Apple’s return to the education market. Strong signal. Bloomberg received internal news this week. A new iPad product will be released next week at the Apple Education Conference. It will feature a 9.7-inch Retina screen with an A9 chip, priced at only 320 knives (32G). Although it is still much higher than the Chromebook’s 180 knife, it has been the most friendly price that Apple has released for the education market over the years.

2. At the ACM/IEEE conference, researchers from Naver Labs and Seoul National University will announce a robotic product that fosters empathy for children. The shape of this robot is a turtle, very cute, when the children treat the turtle robot with inappropriate behavior, it changes the color of the outside, or the head is retracted into their shell. The developers expressed that they hope to cultivate the equal attitude of children and robots, instead of treating robots like traditional toys.