With the UK increasingly eager to be known as a global centre for education technology – otherwise known as EdTech – the sector has seen something of a boom in recent months.
It’s no wonder companies are so keen to get in on this burgeoning market, the exponential growth of mobile and innovative technology has a wide range of implications for the education sector, allowing students and teachers to interact with materials in new and exciting ways.
From the mobile device innovations from the likes of Samsung and Apple, to the smart and hybrid watches offered by everyone from FitBit to Diesel watches, there is a dizzying array of potential applications for the EdTech industry, and that’s before you even get into the integration of AR and VR technologies.
With so many companies exploding into the EdTech sector, we decided to take a look at three you should definitely keep your eye on in the coming months:
Technology Will Save Us
Based in Hackney, London, this EdTech startup creates toys that children can build and code at home, creating an interesting blend of software and hardware skills for young people. Kids can build speakers, synthesisers and even a games consoles, and in a funding round at the end of 2015 raised £1.2m in seed funding.
Another London-based startup, this innovative portal integrates with existing systems at schools to bring emails, learning environments and education-based applications into a single place. It allows teachers to give homework and feedback, lets students submit their work and allows parents to log on and track their children’s progression. So far, the portal is implemented in 300 schools across the UK, and has got this far without any venture capital whatsoever. Definitely one to watch!
Completing the trio of companies operating out of London, this unique EdTech startup provides a bespoke platform for children to publish their writing, offering them a global audience for their output. According to their own promotional materials, Pobble is currently used in 100 countries and boasts over 30,000 pieces of writing published to their platform by children. The brand raised £900,000 in a funding round at the beginning of 2016, and before then managed to raise £170,000 on the crowdfunding site CrowdCube.