Local Educators Get Big Response On Kickstarter for Computing Game

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By John Ewoldt, Star Tribune

“Fourteen hours after Paul and Alyssa Boswell launched a Kickstarter campaign for a game designed to teach about computers, they met their $48,000 goal. Then, things went into an infinite loop.  On Thursday, nine days after the campaign started, the Shoreview couple had raised $194,000 from more than 2,100 backers.”

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Mounds View Students Make Time Management App For Peers

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By Kim Insley, Kare

“ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – Many schools are now implementing open time during the day when students can choose what they want to do. Whether it’s a weekly or daily event, that time can greatly reduce stress on students who need to visit a teacher, re-take a test or get homework done.Used unwisely, that opportunity can be wasted. That’s what lead students at Mounds View High School in Arden Hills to develop software to help.”

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After Selling Questar For $128m, Jamie Post Candee Takes The Lead At Edmentum

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Edmentum, a leading provider of web-based learning solutions, today announced the appointment of Jamie Post Candee to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment is a return to Edmentum for Ms. Candee, who previously served in a variety of positions with the company from 2005 to 2014, including Chief Revenue Officer, before joining Questar Assessment as its President and CEO in 2014.

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Can Oregon Trail Creators Do It Again?

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By Greta Kaul, MinnPost

“Conceived for a class at a public school in Minneapolis, “Oregon Trail,” is among the most popular educational computer games of all time. It loaded students in virtual covered wagons and sent them from Missouri to Oregon in a simulation of 19th-century westward expansion, contending with broken wagon axles, cholera, snake bites and river crossings along the way.”

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Andamio Games Receives $728k SBIR Grant

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Screen Shot 2017-03-28 at 3.10.33 PM“Minneapolis, Minnesota: Educational technology innovator Andamio Games has been awarded a $728,000 Phase II Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Science Foundation to support the development of collaborative games and a virtual lab environment for mobile devices that will help high school students learn difficult-to-teach STEM subjects.”

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Two McNally Smith Music Teachers Tune Into Tech With Corridor App

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CorridorBy Tyler Gieseke

When two Twin Cities educators grew frustrated searching for an online resource to help them teach music theory, they decided to build one themselves.

‘Let’s just make something,’ was the sentiment behind the recently launched Corridor, according to Dan Musselman, a music instructor at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul. He’s partnered up with Jay Fuchs, another educator at McNally Smith on the app they say is inspired by the popular language-learning site Duolingo.

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Frontend Masters Growth Prompts Minneapolis Move

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frontendmasters_logoMJG International has signed a new five year lease at 60 South Sixth Street, Suite 3625, according to CEO Marc Grabanski.

The move brings Frontend Masters UI development and design workshops from the outskirts of Burnsville to the heart of downtown Minneapolis inside RBC Plaza.

Grabanski says the relocation means Frontend Masters will be closer to the pulse of the local tech community, providing greater access and audience for some 60+ free workshops planned throughout 2017.

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Mankato’s Capstone Spins Out & Sells myOn Edutech Software

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“MINNEAPOLIS — Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital reading products and services, announced today that Francisco Partners, a leading technology investment firm, has acquired myON. In conjunction with the transaction, Francisco Partners plans to make a significant growth investment in myON.”

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