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GOOD Maker Challenge: Win $500 for Your Dream Education Plan

Imagine an educational model where students could learn anything from anyone, anywhere, using whatever methods work best for them.


Imagine an educational model where students could learn anything from anyone, anywhere, using whatever methods work best for them.

That's the idea behind Skillshare, an online community marketplace for learning and teaching where everyone can be a student and everyone can be a teacher. At the company's Penny Conference in New York City earlier this month, participants discussed how to take such educational innovation to the next level. The conference shares its name and purpose with 18th-century Penny Universities, coffee houses where men and women congregated to debate the issues of the day and discuss possible solutions. Back then, participants paid a penny to participate. Now, Skillshare is the one giving out the pennies.

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Ed Tech: One of These Ideas Might Be the Next Big Thing to Make Learning Easier

Here are five smart business ideas that use technology to solve education challenges.


What's going to be the next big education technology idea? One of the 10 finalist ideas invited to the "Education Innovators Showcase" at the upcoming Venture Capital in Education Summit in New York City could be the "thing" that revolutionizes learning.

The Showcase gives business ideas that use technology to make teaching and learning easier the opportunity to get in front of influential education leaders as well as potential investors. To be able to participate, interested companies went through an application process and were judged by representatives from the Summit’s two host organizations, Education Growth Advisors and Startl, as well as several other education entities. (Full disclosure: One of the judges selecting the finalists was the Apollo Group, parent company of the University of Phoenix, which sponsors this education hub.)

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