Tech for Good: Education Organisations to Watch
Teaching children, youth, adults and employees everything from maths to appropriate occupational health and safety standards can be tiresome. Tracking progress, writing reports and developing personalised curriculums even more so. Here are some awesome Australian-based educational technology (also known as EdTech or EduTech) startups that are devoted to the development and application of products and services intended to promote education and make things easier for both teachers and students.
Code Like a Girl
Code Like a Girl is a social enterprise providing girls and women with the confidence, tools, knowledge and support to enter, and flourish, in the world of coding. Coding is one of the most important and in-demand skills to have and there is a significant talent drought to meet the demand in the industry. Women account for less than one fifth of the IT workforce in Australia. Culture, stereotypes and unconscious bias all play a role in this shortage of women in the industry. Code Like a Girl wants to help more women and girls feel inspired to get into coding and be more involved in the creation and development of tech, because they know groups with greater diversity solve complex problems better and faster.
40K has been running for a few years, initially as 40K Globe, which endeavoured to inspire a new generation of social entrepreneurs through immersive learning experiences in India and now as 40K Plus, which aims to provide access to learning in restricted environments round the world. Their propriety technology system allows 40K to push content into villages through tablets and pull data back, entirely offline. They are currently using this piece of technology to help educate 3,000 children in India and Cambodia.
myEd is designed to personalise learning, giving teachers the platform to help their students reach their full potential. Classrooms are full of diverse students and often the same content is rolled out to all students, irrespective of their personal journey. myEd creates tailored strategies for each school they work with, building platforms to monitor, maintain and deliver content to all students, regardless of their level.
Cogniss is platform that lets you create your own sophisticated 2D, 3D, augmented or virtual reality app solutions for education and health. Whether you’re an educator, health professional, business, non-profit or researcher, Cogniss can help turn the best version of your idea into reality. It’s a quick, cost-effective way to build the quality app solution you want, rather than spend months and tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars on custom development work.
Machinam is developing an app-based resource for high school maths classes. The product tackles the age old question, ‘Why do we need to learn this?’ by framing maths problems in a way that allows students’ to connect what they are learning in class to their own life and future careers. The digital app brings together problem-based learning, real life context and digital technology to provide an alternative to traditional high school maths textbooks that is engaging and relevant to students’ interests, and is mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
EarlyWorks is a childcare documentation software which provides effective curriculum planning and documentation with individual reports, room checklists and analysis charts, making it easier for childcare workers to communicate with families. EarlyWorks simplifies and streamlines all aspects of childcare documentation and programming across an entire service. It also includes Weekly Reflections to assist educators in improving their knowledge, skills and practices.
Fitzroy Academy is bringing entrepreneurship and social impact learning to a digital platform, making it more accessible and more affordable than ever. Short lessons and complex ideas with a range of reputable, results-driven teachers. Fitzroy Academy’s Founder Will Dayble wrote an article for Social Change Central titled “What Makes Early Stage Social Enterprises Fail?”. Check it out.
girledworld is a globally backed Australian edtech startup designed to get girls ready for work. girledworld connects girls to real-world learning pathways, large-scale interactive education events, and are currently building a global World of Work STEM skills platform to give girls access to career mentor advice, micro-credentials and 21st-century virtual work experience. We’re excited for the launch!