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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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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Edutech Firm Questar Assessment Acquired For $128m By ETS

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Questar_Logo“PRINCETON, N.J. Jan. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Educational Testing Service (ETS) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Questar Assessment Inc., a leading K–12 assessment solutions provider focused on building a bridge between learning and accountability. Subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions, Questar will become a separate, for-profit subsidiary of ETS.”

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Rapid42 Creates Apple Watch App That’s Actually Useful

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screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-11-45-55-amBoutique product development agency Rapid42 has released an iOS app for the Apple Watch called Dahdis that’s brilliantly simple and useful.

Designed to provide value for parents with small childen age 1+, Dahdis helps kids learn their basic numbers, letters and colors using the most basic interface imaginable.

It works by flashing one of the above and changing the screen when tapped, in practice, after being recited.

Invented by consummate tech creator Joseph Rueter, the idea came from first hand experience interacting with his two children who always wanted to play with his smart watch.

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Prime Digital Academy Is Moving To The Grain Exchange

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“Recent failures of national for-profit schools are showing that some educational models aren’t able to meet the changing needs of modern employers, but Prime Digital Academy (Prime) is a Minnesota success story that’s showing there is room for disruptive innovation in education. Today, Prime announced a plan to relocate their campus from Bloomington, MN to a new downtown Minneapolis campus in January of 2017. They’ll use the additional space at the new location to launch a program focused on training User Experience Designers.”

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