4 UK-based EdTech start-ups that are transforming the way we learn

study international | April 11, 2019

An ancient Hebrew proverb says: “Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in a different time.” In our tech-driven world, this ancient proverb is more relevant now than ever before. A survey conducted by MidAmerica Nazarene University found that technology’s place in the classroom is necessary, not just supplementary, in the digital age: 73 percent of students use a tablet or laptop in the classroom everyday 66 of schools supply smart devices, with 25 percent of students bringing their own devices into the classroom 86 percent of classrooms are equipped with WiFi. Technology certainly makes learning more accessible for disadvantaged students, and while many educators and parents rightly worry about tech-related distractions, EdTech is increasingly becoming a vital component of the learning experience:“For almost the entire history of education, the model has been textbook-based where students are expected to absorb much of the subject matter through reading. That style of learning doesn’t suit every student, and it’s not universally accessible,” notes Allison Harden, Senior Vice President of the financial group Macquarie Capital. Thanks to a significant increase in demand, education technology (EdTech) is one of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK, with four percent of all digital companies offering EdTech services and products.

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What happens when you give every student and teacher a Surface Pro? In a commissioned study, Forrester Consulting analyzed four primary and secondary schools that currently employ a 1-to-1 Surface Pro strategy for all students and teachers – and then presented those findings in a risk-adjusted three year value. And now, you can get access to that data.

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