Over the years, educational technology has been developing and creating immense progress. More and more traditional education companies and various capital firms are now recognizing and funding EdTech companies that offer effective methods and tools, which facilitate learning in these modern times. Based on the list by Forbes, here are some companies that are currently leading the field of educational technology.
Due to the development of web technology, it is now possible to bring education to students all over the world through the Internet. Although adoption of online education by universities remains controversial, an increasing number of schools are offering enrollment opportunities to thousands of remote students. The company 2U, which was started by former executives of Hooked on Phonics, helps universities to migrate online and spread out their equitable brands beyond the classroom and into the world while maintaining educational integrity.
Many critics claim that educational technology threatens the jobs of teachers worldwide. However, this is not the case. In fact, one of the goals of EdTech is to help educators and not replace them. As proof of that, the EdTech company Blackboard has been creating practical online tools to enhance the teachers’ experience. It provides educators and instructors with analytic and collaborative tools that allow them to connect with students and help them address each one’s weaknesses and strengths.
The Internet makes it possible for companies to provide MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, to practically anyone anywhere in the world with an Internet connection. Basically, people can learn from the best and experienced teachers by downloading their modules or listening to their audio or video files online. What sets Coursera apart from others is that the company made available to the whole world an upgraded kind of certification. By finishing an online course with Coursera, people can now get a certificate from top schools like Harvard at the comfort of their own homes.
Unlike other EdTech startups that offer courses on HTML and CSS coding, General Assembly provides a more comprehensive approach when it comes to Internet development education. It offers online courses not only in coding, but also in content marketing, user experience design, and analysis of data.
Since 2008, Knewton has been providing the technology to make adaptive learning tools and materials available for students. In order to create more personalized lessons that would fit the unique needs of each student, the company has established partnerships with different publishers like Houghton Mifflin & Macmillan and Pearson.
With over 2,000 teachers from all over the world teaching over 5 million classes with students from 40 different countries annually, TutorGroup has made its mark as the biggest English-learning institution globally. It started in 2004, and has been expanding since then, even offering Mandarin Chinese classes to English speakers. The company takes pride in its unique educational model, which allows them, more or less, to determine the most favorable learning conditions and materials for every student. TutorGroup has been attracting investors left and right, and was able to raise $100 million just last year.
Kami, formerly known as Notable PDF, is an efficient and manageable viewer for documents and presentations. This handy app is an all-in-one online office suite developed to improve document workflow and to allow editing, annotating and collaborating on a wide range of documents such as PDFs and Microsoft Office. With the rapid uptake of Chromebooks, as schools around the world move to paperless environments, Kami allows users to interact online with documents created in a variety of formats. Editing your documents can be done with ease and the interface runs so smoothly you will never miss a deadline again.
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