Six EdTech start-ups, part of the EDUCATE programme, are to exhibit at FutureBook Live, offering delegates a unique opportunity to meet some of the country's most pioneering education businesses.
EDUCATE is a £4.5m initiative supporting EdTech start-ups, entrepreneurs and education practitioners, which was set up in 2017. Based at UCL Institute of Education, EDUCATE is a collaboration of innovators, researchers and educators, whose work is underpinned by robust research evidence to deliver the most effective EdTech products and services. So far around 150 start-ups and entrepreneurs have passed through the programme.
The six businesses exhibiting at FutureBook Live are:
Structural Learning is a cognitive scaffold that helps students build lasting, conceptual knowledge. It's cross-curricular, cross-phase and works out of the box. Using specially designed building bricks, this new approach helps students to think more effectively by engaging pupils in collaborative, connection-making activities. This method has positive implications for literacy outcomes including reading comprehension and developing writing skills.
EvidenceB develops digital modules that include tests, activities and dashboards, based on specific topics of school curriculum (math, language, science). These modules are based on the latest concepts and results of cognitive science strengthened by an artificial intelligence engine, which contribute to adaptive learning. They are sold for the most part to school publishers as supplementals for schoolbooks.
Wizenoze is a fast growth EdTech start-up, who has developed the Web for Classrooms (WfC), a unique technology that provides students worldwide with access to an internet that they can read and fully understand. By matching content to their own reading level, WfC allows users to discover relevant and readable online content.
MyCognition believes the mental health of children, teachers and families within a school community are paramount. The start-up designed, developed and tested apps to monitor and improve cognitive fitness. Poor cognition is a major component and risk factor in mental illnesses. As well as improving mental health, it makes children smarter, teachers more productive and give families the control they seek.
Project Kitchen Table is on a mission to improve the poor communication and mental health being passed down the generations. The start-up is developing KIT; a digital conversation partner that arms teens with the social confidence to better express themselves and manage their mental health. KIT gives 100% attention with zero judgement, is personally matched to the user (like an avatar) and available through phone and voice assisted tech.
Edval offers tools for schools to automate construction of perfect timetables. The approach is a game changer: calculations take seconds and entire timetables can be generated in minutes or hours. When tested against competitors, Edval says it has a perfect record on student option satisfaction.
EDUCATE is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and matched by its partners – UCL Institute of Education, UCL Engineering, BESA, F6S and Nesta.
EDUCATE offers opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to build the best educational technology to enhance the teaching and learning experience in all educational settings, and to ensure that the EdTech being used is informed by the best research practice so it is effective and fit for purpose.