California high school nets $24 million from Snapchat investment, all thanks to curious VC dad
While some schools may wrestle with the best way to handle Snapchat on campus, Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, Calif., has much bigger Snapchat-driven decisions: what to do with the millions it netted from an early investment in the massively popular disappearing-image app. The private Brothers of Holy Cross institution invested $15,000 in...
By Tim Newcomb | March 16, 2017 10:05 am
South by Southwest Education: 10 new ed tech startups about to grab the spotlight in Austin
As the ed tech industry continues to expand, breaking into the game means facing stiffer competition from companies keen on occupying the same space. But as teaching, student learning, and the delivery of educational content continue to evolve, there has never been a greater opportunity to make a difference in the lives of the students....
By Tim Newcomb | March 8, 2017 12:57 pm
‘I will be your valentine’: Navy dad surprises his 2 daughters at school after more than a year at sea
Abella Aleman was intently reading her first-grade class a Valentine’s Day letter about her love for her dad, Omar, a Navy sailor who had been deployed overseas for more than a year. So intently, she didn’t even notice when he crept into her Rancho San Diego Elementary School classroom and stood behind her chair. As...
By Tim Newcomb | February 13, 2017 12:23 pm
CodeSpark: The California startup that’s using apps and games to teach coding to 5-year-olds
Reading ability isn’t necessarily a prerequisite for logical thinking. That’s why Grant Hosford, CEO and co-founder of codeSpark, a Pasadena-based startup developing computer science games for kids, has created a new app where reading doesn’t get in the way. And without barriers, Hosford is now teaching coding to kids as young as 5. “We get...
By Tim Newcomb | February 19, 2016 11:00 am
California’s Super Bowl classroom: Inside Levi’s Stadium, a first-of-its-kind STEM education
The physics of a perfectly thrown NFL spiral. The sustainable engineering of an NFL stadium. The science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning opportunities inside San Francisco’s new Levi’s Stadium, home of Super Bowl 50 this weekend, are beyond ripe. And the 49ers have picked the fruit at the tune of 60,000 local students a...
By Tim Newcomb | February 3, 2016 10:38 am