NYC taps four startups to close achievement gaps in its public schools

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When it comes to watching movies and playing games, New York City’s middle schoolers likely already know their way around laptops and smartphones. But if a group of educators, tech innovators and entrepreneurs have their way, technology will increasingly play a starring role in classrooms in helping them learn.

Earlier this year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Education kicked off a first-of-its kind competition, called the Gap App Challenge, inviting developers around the country to submit ideas for apps that could help close achievement gaps in middle school math.  On Tuesday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Wolcott announced that, out of more than 200 applicants, the department — which overseas the largest school district in the country — had picked their winners.

The startups, which included adaptive learning company KnowRe (Best Instructional App), Google Apps management startup Hapara (Best Instructional/Engagement App), video-based math lesson website Mathalicious

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