Welcome to the e-learning landscape
Have we entered the golden age of edtech? The mass exodus from IRL to in-home learning is transforming education as we know it. We’re seeing an explosion of user growth and financial investment in e-learning platforms and apps, signaling a significant shift in interest in this market. While there are downsides to online learning for teens and young adults, such as a surge in screen time, some students and teachers are truly embracing digital learning and feel this is an exciting first step into an online/offline hybrid learning format in the future.
Known as “The Homework App,” Brainly makes school assignments more approachable. As “one of the world’s largest learning communities,” Brainly brings together students, teachers, and experts to share knowledge and solve problems across disciplines such as algebra and art history. The startup has grown its user base from 150 million users in 2019 to 350 million today and recently raised $80 million to help build out new online learning tools such as tutoring, video, and AI. The learning platform offers a free and paid version, known as Brainly Plus.
CLASS FOR ZOOM
Now there’s Zoom - just for students. Class for Zoom, a startup backed by Zoom’s earliest investors, hopes to solve the challenges of remote learning environments and create a more engaging, online educational experience for everyone. The company recently raised a $16 million seed round. Class for Zoom offers unique features for teachers, such as the ability to: speak from a dedicated “podium” space, switch between different viewing options (such as talking one-on-one with a specific student), use a seating chart, take attendance, and launch live tests. There will be a subscription fee for this service.
TikTok wants you to know you can learn more than just dance choreography on the app. As part of their #LearnOnTikTok initiative, the platform partnered with over 800 educational organizations, publishers, and professionals from Bill Nye to Tyra Banks to offer creative, useful, and motivational learning material. Given TikTok’s popular “how-to” short videos, some experts feel the platform lends itself very well to the micro-learning trend, especially when combined with the app’s fun graphics and editing effects. The hashtag already has an astounding 67.6 billion views, proving just how successful this “classroom content” truly is on the platform. Are TikTok teachers the new influencers? We think so.