EdTech Startup Hstry Launches out of Beta
We’ve been keeping our eye on one startup from the LearnLaunch accelerator Winter 2014 cohort. Hstry keeps on growing and came out of beta yesterday. At SXSWedu, Hstry announced they had reached more than 17,000 users.
Hstry has spent the last nine months working with educators across the US to design a platform for classroom teaching. The site uses interactive timelines and collaborative social features to make the platform engaging for students and effective for teachers. The launch also marks the introduction of a new feature — all timelines can now be made public and shared on social media or via e-mail.
“We’ve created a platform which allows students to create and explore interactive content through video, audio, images and quiz questions,” said CEO & co-founder Thomas Ketchell.
Hstry is still free although they have a Premium offering for schools and districts which gives access to all of their CCSS-aligned content geared for Middle School.
Ketchell says he’s most excited about the ability for any teacher or student to create an interactive project and be able to share it across the globe. “We just recently had our first timeline in Arabic and I hope we will continue to get more languages on Hstry. We are currently being used in 82 countries so I can’t wait to see those projects being shared on social media which is now possible thanks to our launch.”
The Hstry platform works on all devices including laptops, desktop computers as well as tablets. Teachers can sign up for free at www.hstry.co.
Michelle is a current graduate student at Emerson College and an intern at Boston's public radio station. She enjoys exploring the world of educational technology and writing about the ever-changing sector and its potential.