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07/30/2021
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Class raises $105 million

Class, a suite of tools designed make it easier to teach on the virtual conferencing platform Zoom, announced $105 million in Series B funding on Wednesday, after rolling out for major operating systems last month. The new money is intended to help Class expand its reach, both domestically and globally, founder Michael Chasen said in a press release. The platform, already used in 20 countries outside the U.S., and which serves both K-12 and higher education classes, adds functions like quizzes, “focus tracking” and analytics when running class sessions through Zoom. Emily Bamforth has the details.


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Bill would see colleges vie for grants to teach legacy coding languages

Under legislation introduced Wednesday, the federal government would award $100 million in grants for colleges to maintain the supply of workers who can maintain and update aging federal government IT systems. The “Grace Hopper Code For Us Act,” would create the designation of “critical legacy computer languages,” which are used to update federal systems but not commonly taught in higher education. In an announcement from the office of Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., the bill’s sponsors said the nation needs workers who can update federal government’s legacy systems, especially in light of the increased demand on digital services during the coronavirus pandemic. Emily has it.


U. Wisconsin-Madison invites students to use mindfulness app

This fall, UW-Madison is challenging students to use an app that includes lessons on topics like awareness and compassion, along with guided meditations, for 30 days. Stress can serve as an underlying cause for problems like academic misconduct, university administrator Mick Miyamoto told EdScoop. The app, created by Healthy Minds Innovations, a nonprofit affiliated with UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, stands out from other free mindfulness apps because it teaches the underlying principles of a healthy mindset, Miyamoto said. Check out the full story on Edscoop.


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