Peter Thiel has predicted that education will be the next bubble to burst – comparing it to the housing bubble that left many with loans they were unable to repay, the investment they had made in their security lost. There are many startups currently considering the problems around education. A quick canvas of the companies on Whitetruffle looking for engineers provides a glimpse into the wide range of approaches:

K-12 Education:

ClassDojo and Lecture Smart are both working on tools to help classroom instructors share lesson plans and best practices.

IXL Learning has chosen to focus on math education: giving teachers drills and practice sessions that can be easily calibrated and quantified – resulting in a better sense of where a student’s strengths and weaknesses are and providing valuable resources to homeschoolers.

United Classrooms is building a social network to help classrooms around the world connect with each other.

ThinkSprouts and Motion Math are focusing on early childhood and learning through play.

Tinkercad is helping younger people discover the joy of 3d modeling.

Adult/Continuing Education:

LearnRev is a platform for professionals to teach each other personal, professional development classes.

Coursio is a Swedish startup offering a service to help people create fully featured online courses on any subject they like.

Coursera is leading the way towards accredidation for massive open online courses, or MOOC’s.

Codecademy is closely focused on teaching people the essentials of web-based programming.

Let 2013 be the year you make a difference in a field that has the potential to positively impact the lives of many. If you are interested in working with one of the many companies changing the face of modern education, register with Whitetruffle.