While at the Slush 2014 event, we thoroughly enjoyed discovering interesting EdTech startups that are introducing creative learning solutions for students and teachers. We met quite a few notable startups, but the following three companies are ones that we will be watching in 2015 to see how they continue to innovate.
1. Paths to Math:
A Slush 100 Startup Pitching Competition semi-finalist, Paths to Math is a comprehensive math curriculum for students in grades 7-10. It is Finnish-American company, striving to replicate 'Finnish teaching and learning practice' that has been 'localized in the American culture.'
The platform is comprised of games, videos, teaching tips, and learning materials spanning three years of maths topics to help teachers engage with students in an online-based learning environment. According to an interview with the Huffington Post, co-founders Maarit Rossi and Cecilia Villabona created Paths to Math 'based on long experience of math teaching and modern learning theory, updated with the new technology surroundings.'
Costs: Three versions of the platform, home-schooling, school classes, and for schools, are offered and a free trial is available. The site advertises the price as being 'less than 1/10th of an average textbook.'
Reasons to watch: The equality in Finland between boys and girls with math and science learning highlights the potential for achieving this accomplishment in countries like the U.S., where the gender gap is much more pronounced. Paths to Maths provides the opportunity to help all students excel in math by presenting virtual learning tools and enabling teachers to help pupils of both genders be excited about math.
Launched this year with offices already in Finland and Hong Kong, Yoogaia offers virtual 1-to-1 and 1-to-many live and recorded yoga, pilates, kettle bell, and core classes. Students can participate with or without a webcam to engage with instructors during real-time sessions.
The rapidly growing team plans on offering even more exercise options to students worldwide; using funding from a €500,000 seed round that was announced in October 2014.
Costs: A complementary 24 hour free trial is available with monthly plans as then low as £12.
Reasons to watch: Yoogaia has the capacity to make exercise, especially yoga and pilates, more accessible and easier to participate in classes wherever you are. The low level of equipment needed for these activities might also facilitate the success of Yoogaia into new countries and different exercise sectors.
UK-based ClassCharts is a K-12 student behaviour management tool that has 110,000 teachers and 3 million students currently registered on their platform. The software allows teachers and administrators to manage and associate certain behaviours to particular students in addition to optimize seating plans across the entire school.
ClassCharts also enables teachers to document the students' soft skills, like teamwork and leadership, encouraging pupils to embody these necessary traits. Similarly, the platform helps reward achievement and progress and involves parents within this positive feedback process as well.
Reasons to watch: ClassCharts was one of the startups selected during a recent Pearson Labs pitchfest event and the leadership team is planning on debuting a mobile version of the current ClassCharts platform, as well as offering the service in a wider variety of languages. As the platform continues to expand their functionalities and user base, ClassChart could be the connection needed to unite teachers, administrators, and parents to positively affect the behaviours of their students.