NoRedInk said Thursday that it has closed $2 million in funding. The investors included Google Ventures, The Social+Capital Partnership, Learn Capital and Charles River Ventures. Based in San Francisco, Calif., NoRedInk is a learning platform that helps students improve their grammar and writing skills.
SAN FRANCISCO – August 22, 2013 – NoRedInk announced today that it has raised $2 million from Google Ventures, The Social+Capital Partnership, Learn Capital, Charles River Ventures, and others to help students improve their grammar and writing skills — for free.
Originally launched from CEO/founder Jeff Scheur’s high school English classroom in 2012, NoRedInk.com helps students practice grammar skills online, letting them manipulate sentences about their favorite celebrities, friends, and interests. As students work, the app aggregates data on their strengths and weaknesses so teachers know where to focus their energies.
Students have solved over 33 million questions on the site, and NoRedInk has already reached more than 12,000 schools, even though the company has not advertised the product. Last year’s winner of NBC’s $75,000 Innovation Challenge, the company aids schools struggling to meet Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts, and it’s also helpful on the SAT and ACT, where students score lowest on the grammar and writing section.
“Teachers are already finding NoRedInk incredibly effective in helping students master difficult concepts in grammar and writing,” says Andrea Hajek, director of educator engagement of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “It’s powerful because it reflects the latest knowledge and best practices in using technology to teach.”
NoRedInk announced that it’s keeping the site free for students and teachers, and to honor the back-to-school craze, the company will release one new grammar category every week in September. Today, the company rolled out the ability to assess students in more than 200 capitalization errors and sentence structures. In future weeks, the site will release free curriculum for pronouns, hyphens, colons, semicolons, and punctuation with quotes, among others.
“For kids to improve dramatically,” Scheur says, “they need engaging material and rapid feedback on their progress. I want to live in a world where all students have access to those resources, and that’s why we’re building this.”
About NoRedInk: http://www.noredink.com
NoRedInk Corp. helps students improve their grammar and writing skills through authentic online activities and adaptive learning. It generates personalized curriculum from students’ interests and adapts to their abilities with instant feedback, tutorials, and color-coded heat maps. Having reached over 12,000 schools in the United States, NoRedInk is on a mission to eliminate the “red ink” on students’ papers.