Education 2.0: Top Online Learning Resources
The recently launched Education.com fills a need as a one-stop educational online resource for parents, and it has a strong community aspect too. It includes more than 4,000 reference articles from reliable sources such as education Ph.D.s and government agency studies. The site still has a way to go, but we can’t wait for it to fully grow up.
WIRED The social-networking model with discussion boards, tag-based search features and recommendations are all excellent — and it’s all presented in a safe, parents-only space. The site encourages parents to contribute to real discussions, sharing advice on everything from camping trips to attention deficit disorder.
TIRED The site has a limited amount of content. The interface seems a little static and dated.
LeapFrog and Education.Com Team Up to Help Children Learn to Read
LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: LF), a leading developer of technology-based learning products, today announced its sponsorship of the new Learning to Read center on Education.com as part of LeapFrog’s ongoing commitment to providing parents the best learn-to-read tools for their children. This new reading resource will provide easily accessible, high-quality educational and developmental reference and editorial content that address the critical and often challenging topic of learning to read.
Entrepreneurs Betting On Education.com
As anyone who’s ever raised a child can testify, parents sometimes need a bit of help and advice. After all, kids don’t come with a user manual.
A new website launched Wednesday — with advertising and a big boost from venture capital — is designed to provide a bit of help and support. Education.com is an editorial site with over 4,000 reference articles about raising kids, along with online communities in which parents can interact with each other, and with education experts.
The goal of the site, according to founder and CEO Ron Fortune, is to build “a one stop online destination targeting parents to supplement education so that students can be more successful in school as well as in life.”
Parents, get your education.com here
The site, called Education.com, launched in beta Thursday. According to CEO Ron Fortune, the site is designed to be “the WebMD of education” for parents and teachers of pre-schoolers all the way up to 12th grade. It hosts feature articles, expert editorials and reference materials from institutions around the country. And it connects parents and teachers through social networking tools.
Education.com - Content and Community for Parents
Education.com launches today, combining a premium domain name with a wide variety of content and community features that focus on helping parents play a more active role in their children’s education.
Current social features include discussion boards, groups, and photo galleries, all of which include tagging. Parents will likely find the tags the most useful feature, as they aggregate content from the different aspects of the site and link you to it. For example, viewing the “Reading” tag will link you to relevant articles, message board discussions, and user generated content.
The company sees a large opportunity in the space, citing a recent Harris Interactive poll showing that 74% of parents of children ages 18 and under said they wished they had a single resource they could turn to for information and answers about education and 96% of parents believe they need to take an active role in their children’s education. With a top notch domain name and a few sticky features, the company has a good opportunity to serve the pre-collegiate education market.
Unlike many of today’s startups that are forced to drop vowels and come up with funky names before seeking funding, Education.com actually started with the domain name and worked backwards. The Education.com domain was previously owned by Azure Capital, who then went out and found a team to build the site. Founder and CEO Ron Fortune is the former CEO of Edumetrics, an education software company.
Education.com excels as a general education site and will be a comfort to parents in search of reliable advice. Its newly added SchoolFinder, while it's in early stages now, will only improve this resource for parents and students.
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