2021 has been a big year for EdTech. As the world continues its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re left with a legacy of fascinating digital learning platforms and a completely transformed education technology landscape.
Learning now takes place in the digital realm more than ever, and it seems likely that this trend will continue.
There are a growing number of companies and startups building the tools and technologies that will make EdTech accessible for everyone. In this post, we’ll discuss a handful of EdTech startups that are making life easier for teachers and learners, ushering in a new era of digital education. Some of these startups have been around for a while and some are new to the scene, but they’re all worth watching right now.
6 EdTech Startups to Watch in 2021
In a world where so much learning takes place at home, away from schools and libraries, access to textbooks and other academic resources is more important than ever. Perlego is a subscription service offering unlimited access to more than 400,000 textbooks.
Perlego’s goal is to ensure that no student is prevented from accessing learning materials as a result of cost or location. Even when confined to our homes, we can still access all the resources needed to learn effectively. Perlego is based in the UK and won the EdTechXGlobal Startup Award in August 2020.
Learning online became ubiquitous during the pandemic. However, it can sometimes be difficult to create a fully rewarding and varied learning experience over video chat. Tools like Class help solve this by allowing teachers to add quizzes, tests, assignments, and other content to digital lessons to spruce up their classes.
On top of this, Class allows teachers to monitor the activity of their students, track metrics like participation and speaking time, and grade assignments. They can also more easily share sites and create learning videos.
An estimated 1.5 billion people worldwide are currently learning English. Immerse uses virtual reality (VR) technology to make the English learning process more engaging and immersive.
The goal is to supplement memorization tasks and grammar exercises with more dynamic, in-person interactions over VR. Students can learn English in a much more natural and realistic way by talking with real humans in a life-like environment, without ever leaving home.
Videos are an incredibly valuable tool for digital learners. They’re a great way to condense a chunk of information into a digestible form that students can revisit as many times as necessary. Tools like Screencastify make it easier for teachers to record and share educational videos to simplify the learning process and help students learn at their own pace.
Coding is one of the most important future skills for today’s young learners. The future economy will be increasingly digital, and those who understand coding and computer science will find it much easier to succeed and find stable, well-paying careers.
Kano helps learners master the basics of coding with fun, interactive tasks and games. This can act as a supplement to more traditional subjects and education methods.
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