Mapping #edtech startups
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Reinventing School: 108 Ed Tech Startups Across Learning Management, Language Teaching, And More
Here are some of the different sectors being innovated and disrupted:
Broad Online Learning Platforms – Perhaps ed tech’s most visible segment, these platforms like Coursera, Udemy, and Khan Academy host educational content covering a wide variety of subjects, generally geared toward individuals.
Learning-Management Systems – Digital platforms that help classroom teachers communicate with students, track assignments, and share content, with features like online discussion boards, text notifications, and parent check-ins. LMS represents one of the largest categories within ed tech, and includes startups like HotChalk, Remind, and Nearpod.
Early Childhood Education – Educational toys and games for small children. Speakaboos, with $24M in disclosed funding, produces interactive, digital storybooks for children.
Language Learning – Digital platforms for English learning, like China’s 51Talk and TutorGroup, and tools for learning numerous languages like Duolingo.
Next-Gen Study Tools – Digitally-enhanced study tools, such as digital audiovisual flashcards (Picmonic), AI-based writing assistance (WriteLab), and gamified learning platforms (Kahoot!).
Enterprise Learning – Startups that help large organizations create and distribute business-learning content, such as EdCast and Inkling Systems.
Online-to-Offline – Digital platforms that connect students with live tutors or in-person programming. Beijing-based Gaosi Education, with $63M in disclosed funding, provides students with after-school tutoring.
School Administration – Tools for school administrators to support teachers, manage records, and implement school policy. Parchment, with $69M in disclosed funding, offers schools a software-as-a-service platform to manage electronic transcripts.
Next-Gen Schools – Startups aiming to reinvent the school experience. AltSchool, with $136M in disclosed funding, is building a network of K-8 schools. The Minerva Project and UniversityNow focus on new models for universities.
Curriculum Production – Digital platforms that produce and distribute educational content to schools, like Apex Learning.
Search – Helping students and parents research schools and their curricula. GreatSchools, with $27.5M in disclosed funding, offers information and parent ratings on public and private schools.
Tech Learning – Online tools that teach programming and other IT skills, including Pluralsight and Codecademy.
Test Prep – Digital-learning platforms focused on standardized testing, like Byju’s and Toppr in India, BenchPrep in the US, and Xiaozhan Jiaoyu in China.
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