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Top Mathletes Emerge from the 2017 Canadian Open

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) is pleased to announce the results of the 2017 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge, supported by the Actuarial Profession, in particular the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the…

New grading software saves teachers time and governments money

What started as a “logistical nightmare” – marking 5,000 exams with just 100 graders for the 2011 Canadian Open Mathematics Challenge (COMC) – has evolved into a rapidly growing start-up with global market potential. Founded by University of…

Crowdmark my Words… But not my Blog

There is something that has annoyed me about my blog for quite a while now which is the length of some of my posts. While I am aware that people are time poor and want to read succinct posts and that “Long is lazy and brief is hard” I have…

Software takes the pain out of marking exams

As a rule, teachers are enthusiastic about forming young minds and putting their energies toward bettering the next generation. As another rule, teachers hate marking, and they hate it with the heat of a thousand blazing exam papers. James…

Big-Brain Hunting: The Key to Supercluster Success

When Raymond Laflamme first met Howard Burton, the founding executive director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, he was sure he was being set up by the FBI. The year was 1999, and in the wake of an espionage scandal at the Los…

The Accelerator Series: UTEST

Despite A Limited Sample Size UTEST Insists on Building Great Startups The students, faculty and recent grads at the University of Toronto sure do have it nice. After all, they’re eligible to apply for the University of Toronto Early Stage…

New assignment-marking tool created

A new online grading tool is now available to simplify the process of marking paper assignments at the university level. The idea for the tool, named Crowdmark, came to founder James Colliander in 2011 in the wake of the Canadian Open…

An “A” for Teamwork

A mathematics professor has 5,280 exams to mark. The exam is 16 pages long and divided into three sections – each of which must be graded by a different person. Each exam is stapled together, meaning sections can’t be separated and graded c…

New EdTech Company in Canada: Crowdmark

As PEHub Canada reports, there is a new EdTech entrant, this time hailing from Canada: Crowdmark. The company offers to cut the time educators spend on grading the students’ exams and grades. Founded in 2012 by James Colliander, a math professor…

Crowdmark Raises $600K in Seed-Stage Funding

Toronto-based Crowdmark Inc., an education technology startup, has raised $600,000 in seed stage financing from the University of Toronto Early-Stage Technology (UTEST) program, MaRS Innovation, the University of Toronto’s Connaught Fund, RIC Ce…

Crowdmark Raises $600K to Simplify Grading

CROWDMARK: $600K seed round to Toronto, ON-based Crowdmark from a crowd of investors and programs, including University of Toronto (UT) Early-Stage Technology (UTEST), MaRS Innovation, UT’s Connaught Fund and others, reports Canada Newswire. The two-year…

Crowdmark to save teacher marking time and government dollars

TORONTO, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ – Crowdmark Inc., a Canadian education technology start-up, is positioned to save cash-strapped Departments of Education millions by making massive-scale testing more efficient. Crowdmark has raised in seed funding through the University…

Crowdmark Completes Successful EQAO Demonstration

A Teacher’s Inside Look At The Golf Road Junior Public School Pilot The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is a Crown agency of the government of Ontario that administers province-wide standardized tests to all public school…

Crowdmark Lends a Helping Hand with Handwritten Assessments

Students aren’t the only ones who fret over finals and exams. Just ask any professor or TA, or better yet: see how their their arms and wrists feel by the time they’re done grading. James Colliander, a Professor Mathematics at the University of Toronto…

Student entrepreneurs get the green light

Ever have trouble making group decisions? What if there was software that makes the process less painful by gathering preferences and facilitating data-driven decisions that maximize value for everyone? Hate job interviews? What if you you could…