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VocabularySpellingCity, acquired WriteSteps

synopsis: VocabularySpellingCity announced the acquisition of WriteSteps, a technology-based writing and grammar program for grades K-5. With daily instructional videos and interactive whiteboard lessons, WriteSteps engages students through its multisensory, digital platform and teachers gain access to concise lesson plans and professional development.
buyer parent: VKidz Inc
buyer: VocabularySpellingCity
VocabularySpellingCity is an innovative, game-based website and app used to build K-12 literacy skills in vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. Educators and families can customize more than 35 engaging activities for students at every learning level. "
target: WriteSteps
WriteSteps is a technology-based writing and grammar program for grades K-5. With daily instructional videos and interactive whiteboard lessons, WriteSteps engages students through its multisensory, digital platform and teachers gain access to concise lesson plans and professional development.
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closed 8/4/2017 via BusinessWire

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., acquired Student Brands

synopsis: Barnes & Noble Education, a leading provider of educational products and services solutions for higher education and K-12 institutions, announced that it has completed the acquisition of Student Brands, an education technology company that operates multiple direct-to-student businesses focused on Study Tools, Writing Help, and Literary Research.
buyer: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (BNED:$2,185.39)
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a leading provider of digital education services, enhances the academic and social purpose of educational institutions. "
target: Student Brands
Student Brands is an education technology company that operates multiple direct-to-student businesses focused on Study Tools, Writing Help, and Literary Research, all centered around assisting students with the writing process.
price ($mm)
$59
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$10
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5.9x
closed 10/18/2017 via PR Newswire

VocabularySpellingCity, acquired WriteSteps

synopsis: VocabularySpellingCity announced the acquisition of WriteSteps, a technology-based writing and grammar program for grades K-5. With daily instructional videos and interactive whiteboard lessons, WriteSteps engages students through its multisensory, digital platform and teachers gain access to concise lesson plans and professional development.
buyer parent: VKidz Inc
buyer: VocabularySpellingCity
VocabularySpellingCity is an innovative, game-based website and app used to build K-12 literacy skills in vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. Educators and families can customize more than 35 engaging activities for students at every learning level. "
target: WriteSteps
WriteSteps is a technology-based writing and grammar program for grades K-5. With daily instructional videos and interactive whiteboard lessons, WriteSteps engages students through its multisensory, digital platform and teachers gain access to concise lesson plans and professional development.
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closed 10/18/2017 via PR Newswire

VocabularySpellingCity, acquired WriteSteps

synopsis: VocabularySpellingCity announced the acquisition of WriteSteps, a technology-based writing and grammar program for grades K-5. With daily instructional videos and interactive whiteboard lessons, WriteSteps engages students through its multisensory, digital platform and teachers gain access to concise lesson plans and professional development.
buyer parent: VKidz Inc
buyer: VocabularySpellingCity
VocabularySpellingCity is an innovative, game-based website and app used to build K-12 literacy skills in vocabulary, spelling, phonics, and writing. Educators and families can customize more than 35 engaging activities for students at every learning level. "
target: WriteSteps
WriteSteps is a technology-based writing and grammar program for grades K-5. With daily instructional videos and interactive whiteboard lessons, WriteSteps engages students through its multisensory, digital platform and teachers gain access to concise lesson plans and professional development.
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closed 5/4/2016 via PR Newswire

Chegg, Inc., acquired Imagine Easy Solutions

synopsis: Chegg, Inc., the Student Hub, announced that it has acquired Imagine Easy Solutions, the provider of popular service EasyBib.com and other essential writing tools with capabilities such as citations, bibliography, writing structure and anti-plagiarism.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$445.11)
Chegg puts students first and is proud to help students and their families save millions of dollars each year. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg’s Student Hub makes higher education more affordable and more accessible, all while improving student outcomes. "
target: Imagine Easy Solutions
Imagine Easy Solutions was founded in 2001 to help students with their research and writing needs. It has become a company synonymous with addressing the challenges students face in building writing and critical thinking skills, whose tools are used by thousands of educators around the world.
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closed 10/7/2014 via PR Newswire

Turnitin, acquired LightSide

synopsis: Turnitin, the leaders in originality checking and online grading, announced the company has acquired LightSide Labs, an online service that uses machine learning to provide real-time, automated feedback on student writing.
buyer parent: Insight Venture Partners
buyer: Turnitin
Turnitin is the global leader in evaluating and improving student learning. The company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading and peer review saves instructors time and provides rich feedback to students. "
target: LightSide
LightSide Labs is an educational technology company, dedicated to improving student writing skills. LightSide provides automated feedback and support for writers, redefining the role of automated assessment in the K-12 and higher education classroom.
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closed 5/16/2018 via PR Newswire

Chegg, Inc., acquired WriteLab

synopsis: Chegg, Inc., the leading student-first connected learning platform, has acquired WriteLab, an AI-enhanced writing platform that teaches students grammar, sentence structure, writing style, and offers instant feedback to help students revise, edit, and improve their written work.
buyer: Chegg, Inc. (CHGG:$445.11)
Chegg puts students first. As the leading student-first connected learning platform, Chegg strives to improve the overall return on investment in education by helping students learn more in less time and at a lower cost. "
target: WriteLab
WriteLab is an online writing tool offering immediate, objective and constructive responses to help people learn to write better. With WriteLab, users can type, copy-and-paste, or upload drafts for the tool to analyze and provide specific feedback, suggest revisions and ask questions.
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$15
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closed 9/19/2018 via BNC Analysis

Higher Ground Education, acquired Montessorium

synopsis: Higher Ground Education, an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method, has acquired Montessorium, a developer of educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Montessorium's apps utilizes the Montessori method to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography.
buyer: Higher Ground Education
Higher Ground Education is an international company focused on modernizing the Montessori education method. Higher Ground owns and operates schools around the world and seeks to develop a platform that sources, secures, and develops back-end support to all Montessori-inspired schools and educators. "
target: Montessorium
Montessorium develops educational applications for iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices. Their apps employ educational principals developed by the Italian educator Maria Montessori to teach skills related to reading, writing, arithmetic, and geography, among others.
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closed 5/6/2017 via BNC Analysis

Sylvan Learning, acquired Citelighter

synopsis: Sylvan Learning, the Hunt Valley, Md.-based operator of a nationwide franchise of tutoring centers, has acquired education technology startup, Citelighter. Founded in 2011, Citelighter offers a browser-based tool that aims to increase students’ writing competency.
buyer parent: Sterling Partners
buyer: Sylvan Learning
With more than 35 years of experience and more than 650 locations throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. "
target: Citelighter
Founded in 2011, Citelighter offers a browser-based tool that aims to increase students’ writing competency. The product features a series of scaffolds designed to guide learners through the steps involved in researching, organizing, drafting and editing a writing assignment.
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closed 8/22/2018 via BusinessWire

Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., acquired PaperRater

synopsis: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. announced that it has acquired PaperRater, a leading website that offers students a suite of writing services that includes a plagiarism checker, writing revision tools and an AI-based auto-grading scoring system to help them improve multiple facets of their writing.
buyer: Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (BNED:$2,185.39)
Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. is a leading provider of higher education and K-12 educational products and solutions. Barnes & Noble Education operates 1,437 physical and virtual bookstores across the U.S., serving more than 6 million students and faculty. "
target: PaperRater
PaperRater.com is a leading website that offers students a suite of writing services that includes a plagiarism checker, writing revision tools and an AI-based auto-grading scoring system to help them improve multiple facets of their writing.
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closed 3/4/2014 via BusinessWire

TSL Education Ltd., acquired Wikispaces

synopsis: TSL announced the acquisition of Bay-Area based Wikispaces. Wikispaces focuses on creating effective but easy-to-use tools that empower teachers so they can spend their time helping students. Their flagship product, Wikispaces Classroom, provides a free social writing platform where teachers and students can communicate and collaborate on projects.
buyer parent: TPG Capital
buyer: TSL Education Ltd.
TSL Education Limited operates as an educational publishing company in the United Kingdom. The company offers online resources, newspapers, magazines, Websites, events, and exhibitions for the professional educational field covering from primary through to further and higher education. "
target: Wikispaces
Wikispaces focuses on creating effective but easy-to-use tools that empower teachers so they can spend their time helping students. Their flagship product, Wikispaces Classroom, provides a free social writing platform where teachers and students can communicate and collaborate on projects.
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