2020 has been a year of pandemonium as the COVID-19 pandemic mopped across the globe, upending both business and personal plans. Businesses have not been immune, but many have found ways to navigate these changes. The ease and readiness with which schools and colleges embraced digital following the nationwide lockdown came as a surprise. The massive adoption of online education post the outbreak of pandemic has brought with itself lockdown of most institutions including the schools, colleges, and professional institutes. COVID-19 has laid the groundwork for greater awareness around ed-tech solutions and their effectiveness in divulging learning. This unexampled boom comes amid a hockey stick curve for rapid exponential growth, as learners increasingly go online the number of daily active users has spiked across sectors like K-12, higher education, and online coding.
Ed-Tech, which was already clocking a healthy double-digit, year-on-year growth before Covid-19, suddenly got a massive boost with inflow of investments, acquisition, up-gradation in offerings, and more players quickly shifting and adding students. Year to date, India's e-learning startups have collectively raised over $ 2.22 billion from marquee investors, up from $522 million in all of 2019, according to data from Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA) and PGA Labs data. These digital platforms have put digital education on par with physical classrooms, eliminating the need for infrastructure, enabling scale, reach, and consistency in the quality of learning. The ed-tech platforms are creating opportunities and leveraging students to continue their learning process. With the use of technology, EdTech firms are disrupting education with robust growth. Since the lockdown, a lot of ed-tech companies have seen a certain surge on their platforms as they are trying new models as per the students' conveniences.
Check out these ed-tech platforms to watch out in 2021
1.Edutinker - EduTinker is an innovative teacher first student management initiative incepted by two technology enthusiasts – Akash Aggarwal and Nilesh Gupta. The ed-tech startup creates a comprehensive app that offers a one-stop solution for student activity management to teachers. Its highly interactive features and unified communication platform enables teachers to automate physical classroom activities that drive efficiency in remote learning. It's a unique student activity management app that automates the attendance of the students and sends a real-time notification to the absentees. It also lets the teachers share study material with a single click that makes the entire process of learning hassle-free. It offers complete visibility of students' and teachers' weekly schedule and also sends timely updates about the class. For effective management of assignments, eduTinker allows the teachers to create, share, and monitor the assignments along with the student-wise submission. Furthermore, teachers can also evaluate the assignments on the platform itself while giving voice-enabled feedback.
2.iMET Global- Founded by Mr. Deepak Goel in April 2011, iMET is recognized as a global community to develop, promote, and encourage its core value of innovation, Mentorship, Entrepreneurship and Talent building. It is dedicated towards new age Education, Research, and Social Welfare. The initiative since inception has been towards working professionals, self-employed professionals, entrepreneurs, startups, small & medium businesses, and students. iMET Global teach learners with various kind of skills and tools, online marketing techniques, digital marketing, social media marketing, ORM, internet marketing, SEO, SEM, Google protocols, digital transformation, advance skills in business planning, market planning, language proficiency and communication skills in Hindi and English. Also, it brings in practical assignments and industrial training. It has students from various corporates, associations, and institutes like SCS, Airtel India, India Bulls, Mahindra & Mahindra, SHRM, FICCI, IIT, ISB, Thapar University, ICAI o name a few.
3. Typeset-Incepted in 2015, Typeset offers an integrated cloud-based platform to discover, write, collaborate, and publish research papers and thesis. It solves the problem of storing knowledge in unstructured formats (PDF) by automating the entire process of creating professional-quality research documents or manuscripts for submission to journals within a single click of a button. Research is communicated and disseminated. Researchers spend a lot of time understanding and developing their research. But when it comes to tools to communicate and disseminate that knowledge, we still use tools from the 19th century. Typeset is changing this, by enabling researchers to communicate their knowledge in the best possible way, we help accelerate scientific progress. In 3 months since launch, we have gotten researchers from 103 countries writing on the platform, including organizations such as NASA, CERN, ETH Zurich, Stanford, etc.
4. Yellow Class- Founded by Arpit Mittal and Anshul Gupta, Yellow Class is a new-age fun-learning platform offering online hobby classes like dancing, drawing, painting, flameless cooking, yoga, storytelling, among others, for children in the three to 12 age bracket. Learning new things & making progress through real efforts help kids improve self-esteem. They provide a platform for your children to perform both. Yellow Class witnessed quick success and has grown a huge community of parents both nationally as well as internationally, it has a current user base in 52 countries, mostly from India and the Middle East. The growth of the platform is organic with mothers referring to other mothers - not dependent on Google and Facebook marketing for growth and survival.
5. Vedantu- Founded by, Vamsi Krishna It is one of India's leading online tutoring websites that covers the whole syllabus ranging from CBSE, ISCE, NTSE, Olympiads, and even IIT JEE, using a real-time virtual learning environment named WAVE a technology built in-house. Vedantu offers free online classes on its website and app. The website also offers free study material, apart from the online classes, by combining quality teachers, engaging content, and superior technology we are able to create a superior learning experience for students and aid in their outcome. The website has given free access to all live classes and content of Vedantu for Grades 1 to 12, JEE & NEET.