Our forebears learned to count using the abacus. Our children are learning with digital tools developed by edtech start-ups.
Kahoot, Norway, 2011
This Norwegian start-up wants to make learning less boring. With its app, teachers can create interactive exams with questions that students can answer using their tablets or smartphones.
SOLVING PROBLEMS WITH A CLICK
Photomath, UK, Croatia, 2015
Just take a picture of a math problem and Photomath will solve it in a second. The app then lets the user analyse and understand the steps needed to get the right answer.
THE ROBOT THAT CODES
Codie, Hungary, 2015
Codie is a small wooden robot that moves around on caterpillar tracks. Designed for 10- to 14-year-olds, it can be controlled by moving coloured bricks on a mobile app, thus teaching the basics of “programming logic”. The start-up has launched a funding campaign on Indiegogo.
qLearning, Germany, 2012
The qLearning team has developed a carefully designed app that lets German students create their own revision guides. The start-up is now planning to expand the product internationally.
Brainly, Poland, 2009
On Brainly, 13- to 19-year-olds can ask homework-related questions and get online classmates to help them. With more than 30 million visits a month, the social network has announced an expansion into North America.
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