The iPad has had its fair share of success in the education sector. Students can now get access to rich content in ways that most in my generation could only dream of while we sat staring blankly at the blackboard. The sound of chalk scratching down the board while the teacher writes out the capitals of countries in Africa has been replaced by the sounds of the Sahara and the interactive maps of the forest. Things have changed, and Inkling is right there leading the way.
Back in August we wrote about a new startup that was trying to change the world of education by bringing textbooks into the digital age. Today, there are reports that the company, now with over 40 employees, has raised a “multi-million dollar financing” deal with textbook giants McGraw-Hill and Pearsons, as well as Sequoia Capital, Sherpalo Ventures, Felicis Ventures and Kapor Capital.
Inkling is leading the charge, but they’re not the only ones in the market. The time is right for innovation in education. The system’s flawed, and the costs associated with getting a great education are sky-rocketing.
We’re at the starting line of an educational revolution. It’s an exciting time to be an educator, and companies like Inkling are making sure that future students get a better, longer-lasting education than we did.