Palo Alto, CA — Education Elements, a pioneer in helping schools blend technology into everyday instruction, announced today that it has closed a $6 million round of funding. The round was led by Harmony Partners and joined by Rethink Education (which includes experienced educational technology investors Seavest Ventures, Jonathan Sackler, Matt Greenfield and Brian Olson) and individual investor Eff Martin of Anthos Capital, as well as by prior investors Tugboat Ventures, NewSchools Venture Fund, and Wally Hawley. The funding will allow Education Elements serve significantly more schools, by expanding its education consultant and support teams, strengthening its content and technology partnerships, enhancing its technology platform, and opening an East Coast office. Read the full release.
October 12, 2011: Ed Tech Market Map Goes Live
San Francisco, CA — NewSchools Venture Fund announced the release of a graphical, interactive representation of the burgeoning K-12 education technology market to help investors, donors, and entrepreneurs better evaluate today’s landscape of education technology ventures. The market map was created with the help of leading experts in the education technology field, including Michael Horn of Innosight Institute and Anthony Kim of Education Elements. Read the full release.
Palo Alto, CA — Blended learning startup Education Elements announced today that it has closed a $2.1 million seed round of funding from a range of leading investors, led by Tugboat Ventures and NewSchools Venture Fund and joined by venture capitalist Wally Hawley and education investors Imagine K12. The funding will allow Education Elements to continue building out its team, software, and services, which make it easy and cost-effective for schools to personalize student learning and enable teachers to focus on small-group instruction. Read the full release.
- “So in an effort to maintain the individual-attention model that has made KIPP famous, this L.A. program decided to try something newer, cheaper, and possibly better…Since KIPP Empower uses several different curriculum providers and kids aren’t great at remembering their logins (ElmoRocks12? Ilovemymommy42?), the school is working with the for-profit firm Education Elements to develop a unified launch pad. It’s pretty clever, actually. Kids click on a picture of their teacher, a picture of themselves, and then a password picture.“Kindergarten in the Computer: Online education for elementary schoolers doesn’t mean kids will sit alone in front of a screen all day,”Slate, August 7, 2012, http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/future_tense/2012/08/kipp_empower_programs_like_dreambox_and_rocketship_make_online_elementary_education_work_.single.html#pagebreak_anchor_2
- “The local example is led by Anthony Kim, President of Education Elements (EE), Inc., a Palo Alto-based firm which so far has raised around $10 million according to TechCrunch (http://www.crunchbase.com/company/education-elements). I had an opportunity to interview Anthony last fall for a research project I was working on and I am impressed by their vision and approach to helping schools become more effective places for learning—and the core and key element of their approach is to focus on what they call “blended learning.”“Hybrid or Blended Learning: Seeking Optimal Mix of Virtual/Digital and Physical/Traditional Learning,”Silicon Vikings, July 22, 2012, http://siliconvikings.com/news/hybrid-or-blended-learning-seeking-optimal-mix-of-virtual/digital-and-physical/traditional-learning/
- “NewSchools Venture Fund announces 2012 honorees for Entrepreneurial Excellence Awards at annual convening of education innovators. Anthony Kim, president and founder of Education Elements was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2012, citing Kim’s vision that schools should have a choice about the the types of online content their students need and that technology should be there to support teachers and not the other way around.”“Social Entrepreneurs Honored for Contributions to Public Education,”NewSchools Venture Fund, May 7, 2012, http://www.newschools.org/news/social-entrepreneurs-honored
- “Education Elements, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup, was launched in 2010 and has quickly become a reputable source for insight and guidance on starting blended-learning programs, both for the charter school world and for other public and private educational ventures.”“Companies Target Hybrid-Charter Market,” Education Week, March 7, 2012, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2012/03/07/23biz-hybrid-side.h31.html/
- “In the last six months, Education Elements has seen its team grow from 10 to 45, and CEO Anthony Kim tells us that it will be working with 100 private, charter and public school districts across the country by this fall. So, today, a year removed from its seed round, Education Elements is announcing that it has closed a $6 million Series A round of financing.”“Education Elements Raises $6M To Help Schools Accelerate Learning With Technology,” TechCrunch, March 6, 2012, http://techcrunch.com/2012/03/06/education-elements-funding/
- “Digital learning has the power to personalize instruction, measure progress and inform teachers’ own hands-on work with students,says Anthony Kim of Education Elements.”“Interview: Exploring Education Elements,” Edtechdigest.com, February 15, 2012, http://edtechdigest.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/interview-exploring-education-elements/
- “By incorporating personal digital learning into every primary classroom, KIPP Empower targeted learning, leveraged teaching talent, and helped the school thrive despite massive California budget cuts.”“KIPP Blend Promising,” EdReformer.com, July 14, 2011, http://www.edreformer.com/kipp-blend-promising/
- “In order for there to be larger market traction, the overall industry has to see more results,” says Anthony Kim of Education Elements, a nascent firm that designs the technical back end for blended schools. “We’re at the very early adopter stage right now.”“Future Schools,” by Deborah McGriff and Jonathan Schorr, Education Next, Summer 2011, http://educationnext.org/future-schools/
- “KIPP Empower Academy in South Los Angeles has had to make virtue out of dire necessity. Just as this nationwide network of charter schools was opening up a new kindergarten here, the amount of state money began to dry up. Principal Mike Kerr says he saw only one way out: raising class size. To prevent an erosion of quality instruction in the face of bigger classes, Kerr says he turned to computers.”“Schools Blend Computers With Classroom Learning,” by Larry Abramson, National Public Radio, June 22, 2011, http://www.npr.org/2011/06/22/137318998/schools-blend-computers-with-classroom-learning
- “Anthony Kim, president and founder of Education Elements, a startup company in San Francisco that helps schools integrate technology into instruction, says learning technologies offer unprecedented flexibility for teachers, parents, and children. Educators can personalize education to each child because the daily interactions offer instant, targeted feedback on the day’s lesson. The technology also seamlessly aggregates student testing and learning data, Kim explains.”“’Hybrid Learning’ Offers Education Savings, Personalization” by Joy Pullman, Heartland Institute, May 18, 2011, http://www.heartland.org/schoolreform-news.org/Article/29958/Hybrid_Learning_Offers_Education_Savings_Personalization.html