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1sqbox partners with Microsoft to build classroom management app for Windows 8

The education technology startup will create a native app available for all Windows 8 devices.

Downtown Baltimore EdTech startup 1sqbox has partnered with Microsoft to create a native Windows 8 app that will replicate the startup’s proprietary classroom-management software already in use at four schools in Baltimore.
“With the global reach that comes with Microsoft, we look forward to students, teachers, parents and administrators worldwide having access to the 1sqbox app and all of its capabilities,” said Alexis J. Coates, cofounder, chairman and CTO of 1sqbox in a press release.
As Technically Baltimore has reported, 1sqbox sells lesson-planning and classroom-management software for use by teachers and students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The software, sold for $199 per license, runs on Android-equipped tablets the startup also sells to schools for $249 apiece. Other features of the software include a quiz creation tool and a homework assignment calendar.
The 1sqbox app will be “available for all Windows 8 users — not just those with the Surface tablet — to purchase through the Windows store,” said Granville Templeton, III, CEO and cofounder of the startup, in an e-mail.
Having the app, Templeton said, will enable students and teachers to use the software “even if it is not a school-wide initiative.”
At this time, 1sqbox can’t disclose the details of the partnership. The startup has raised an initial round of venture capital worth $330,000, and expects to close another round of angel financing of $5 million by the middle of this year.

Companies: 1sqbox, Microsoft
People: Alexis Coates
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