These Two Minnesota Schools Choose To Go ‘Tech Free’

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By Erin Hinrichs, MinnPost

“Grant Olson, a local software architect for CenturyLink, has made a living off being tech savvy. He’s been in the industry for 19 years. But when it came time to enroll the eldest of his three kids in school, he decided to enroll him in the Minnesota Waldorf School in St. Paul — a tech-free preK-8 private school.”

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Q&A With Kaleidoscope, The Local Edutech Startup That Just Raised $650k

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Buried in the buzz of GoKart Labs’ Venture arm announcement was the fresh funding of Kaleidoscope Group, which received $650k+ to develop and grow a new scholarship management saas platform.

It is led by Minnesota tech entrepreneur Greg Dehn, who spoke with us about the milestone and his bold future plans for this nascent startup.

When and why Kaleidoscope?

As a first generation college graduate, my education was entirely made possible through scholarship funds and financial support from generous individuals and institutions.

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PE-Backed Atomic Learning Changes Name To Hoonuit

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Via News Release

“We are excited to share with you that Atomic Learning and Versifit Technologies are now Hoonuit! Over the past few years the Atomic Learning organization has evolved amidst a dynamic, ever-changing industry.

During that time we have acquired Versifit Technologies, conducted extensive research on your needs, and invested in expanding our instructional offering. In turn, our organization’s purpose has multiplied and now gives us the opportunity to serve you in an expanded capacity.”

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Kaleidoscope Group Signs Investment Deal with GoKart Ventures

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“MINNEAPOLIS, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Kaleidoscope Group, an edtech public benefit corporation, today announced an investment deal with GoKart Labs, LLC, a digital innovation lab that uses collaboration and human centered design to further disrupt ideas in education, healthcare and financial services. GoKart Labs’ investment contributes to Kaleidoscope’s total capital raise of more than $650,000 to support the launch of a new cloud-based scholarship management platform.”

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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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