Edmodo Purchases Ed Tech Startup Root-1, Brings on Founders

K-12 Platform Edmodo has announced the acquisition of Root-1, an educational startup which develops OpenMinds, a customization tool aimed at teachers. With the acquisition, Edmodo is getting not only the Root-1’s award-winning technology, but also the entire business and development staff, including the founders Manish Kothari, Ketan Kothari, Vibhu Mittal and Adam Stepinski.

Last year was a big one for Edmodo, which for the first time opened up its platform to third-party developers by releasing an API at SXSWedu. Now more than 400 apps utilize the platform and the total number of users is up 300% to 18 million since its founding in 2008.

“We’re excited to welcome the Root-1 team and have them join our efforts to expand the education app market. Gone are the days when the seven-year textbook purchasing cycle dominated education and controlled which content could reach the classroom,” said Nic Borg, CEO and co-founder of Edmodo. “Teachers are discovering new digital, common core and standards-aligned content in modern Edmodo classrooms every day.”

Instructors have embraced Edmodo because it allows a great degree of customization allowing users to tailor content to their exact specifications and adapt to the needs of their individual classrooms. Another benefit is that the material is accessible anywhere, from computers to mobile gadgets. A tool like Edmodo is one way that money-pinched school districts are attempting to redefine education with the help of technology.

Edmodo’s engaging, easy-to-use apps help teachers to scale personalized instruction for every student. With content from developers like MasteryConnect, Sokikom, and StudySync, the apps cover everything from biology to poetry, and grammar to fractions. Teachers can connect these apps to site features like badges, assignments, and quizzes in order to create highly effective learning experiences for their students.

The acquisition is just the latest step for the company which has grown substantially in the past year. Over the last 12 months, Edmodo hired additional leaders to guide its business as well as doubling the size of its workforce.

Among those recently joining the company’s leadership team are former Mozilla employee and Edmodo’s new Vice President of Engineering Damon Sicore, Vice President of Business Development Jackson Gates – who comes from Pandora – and the new Head of Product and Platform Analytics Andreas Quandt, who comes to the company from Facebook.

Edmodo plans to have an active presence at SXSWedu this year. Developers are encouraged to join the Edmodo team at Tuesday evening’s meet-up to meet Manish, Ketan and Adam and share best practices around building Edmodo apps.

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