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EdTech – Virtual Classrooms

Almost all the edtech providers are now offering their services for free. The country of Estonia is even offering all of the country’s edtech products for free. This will certainly help those Edtech companies who are currently engaged in funding rounds. For example, Speakly – a language-learning app – just achieved €900k seed funding.

Self-Improvement EdTech

Edtech still has quite a long way to go in competing against other online experiences. However, usage stats now show that most of us are not taking the self-improvement route during lockdown.

Big increases in usage

Kahoot!, the Norwegian educational games app, meanwhile, has gained another new user base: companies. Big companies already used Kahoot! for events and training, such as onboarding people or even just building motivation.

Since the crisis began Kahoot! has seen a spike in remote learning usage. It has been adding 100k new users a day in the recent period.

Kahoot! is now reorienting some of its development work to prioritise bringing out self-study features — and is one of the European startups still hiring.

Who are the big edtech winners so far?

Google Classrooms, Duolingo, Kahoot! and Photomath have all seen big increases in lessons for usage.

Might this be a better way to learn?

Lingvist, the Estonian language app, argues that learning with a mathematically-optimised app can be much more efficient in some cases than classroom teaching.

“This could be an order of magnitude more efficient than normal teaching,” says Mait Müntel, the chief executive and cofounder. “When people are learning online, all their answers and mistakes are data that maps how the memory works. Using this data the computer chooses the next most efficient exercise for the student.”

Müntel — a Cern scientist who helped discover the Higgs Boson before founding the language sapp — says one study of 500 university students showed that the group using Lingvist learned four times faster than a control group of students.

Lingvist began as a language-learning service for individuals, but now, as a result of the global school shutdowns, is developing more tools for schools to use.

Future of learning

Many parents who thought their children might spend lockdown engaged in face-to-face video conferences with teachers have ended up disappointed. In the US, video learning seems to be more common. A survey done by Brainly in the US found that some 73% of students had taken part in online teaching via video call.

But in the UK, for example, this has been much less common — unless you go to private school. Only 4% of students at state secondary schools have had this kind of teaching during lockdown, compared with 34% of students at private secondary schools, according to Teacher Tapp, the UK app that surveys aspects of teachers’ lives.

It looks likely that already difficult inequalities in the UK school system will increase during the school shutdown.

Is this going to change education forever?

Edtech providers are not banking on a permanent big shift away from offline schooling.

It’s too early to say how we adjust. In the near term, I think students are going to super-appreciate school. They will miss the social life you build there. This is the most important part of offline schools,” says Brainly’s Borkowski.

But we may see an increased use of technology in some cases, believes Lingvist’s Müntel.

Much as the increases in edtech use might be exciting, we need to keep everything in perspective. Sure, the downloading of educational apps doubled in Italy as it went into lockdown. It’s still a tiny fraction compared to the download of games.