An increasing reliance on digital learning and EdTech tools seems sure to be one of the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The pandemic accelerated the need to study and learn at home on digital devices, and this has fueled the creation and growth of countless innovative and impactful platforms and tools.
Students today have access to more resources and support than ever before, all at the touch of a button and from almost anywhere in the world.
One of the truly exciting things about this EdTech boom is that it isn’t limited to the US or other developed countries, it’s happening all over the world. In this post, we’ll zoom in on just a few examples of countries that are doing especially exciting work in EdTech.
Over the last year, Argentina has implemented a new approach to education that allows students to supplement their learning with a wide range of government-provided materials that can be accessed from anywhere.
The education portal is called Educ.ar, and provides a wealth of educational resources and materials, available on demand for students, teachers, and families. There are a number of intriguing features like the “class of the day” section with daily recommendations for learning in combination with Argentina’s educational television schedule.
In India, the online education market is growing like never before. It looks set to grow to a staggering $10.4 billion USD by 2025, and there is an enormous list of projects, platforms, and companies driving this growth.
One example of this is EkStep. It’s a philanthropic project aimed at building open-source platforms for use by the government, with the goal of improving access to learning opportunities for 200 million children in India. It’s an ambitious and noble goal in a country where wealth inequality is particularly notable.
Many African countries are making strides forward in their EdTech sectors as well, and Kenya is no exception. Their eLimu platform is built to help students build their literacy skills at home and school through the use of several apps.
The results are extremely encouraging - a recent study into their apps found improvements in reading fluency of up to three times faster than the control group.
4. The UK
The UK is home to Europe’s largest tech cluster and has traditionally had a strong education infrastructure. This has provided an excellent base for a growing EdTech market, and there are now over 1000 EdTech companies in the UK with 200 of those based in London. As time goes on, we’re likely to see some impressive developments here.
5. The US
Last but not least, the US is surely the global leader when it comes to EdTech investment and value. Its EdTech market is already worth $8.38 billion and growing. In 2015, 60% of all the money invested in EdTech worldwide was invested in the US. There are too many EdTech platforms based in the US to reliably count, and the future looks extremely bright.
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