Those working in the edtech will know there is a huge market in the USA. Even those products based in London such as Zzish and Scribeasy have found that the majority of their users have been from the USA. However, this may not always be the case. Growing economies such as India, China and Malaysia are ready to embrace the world of digital and this includes digital education. So what is happening with edtech in Asia?
This post from Emerge Education, involves their team visiting Hong Kong, Singapore and China and just shows the number of companies and conferences that have been set up to supply the current interests for edtech in Asia. It will be interesting to see if, as the economies of these countries grow, what will happen to the education market in reaction to this capital growth. With over 4.4 billion people, Asia will certainly have a need to educate but is there the technical and investment opportunities that have been seen in other parts of the world in favor of edtech? Maybe more traditional, papers based methods will be retained.
Most of the reviews on TopTenTeacher have been on resources and websites based on UK curriculum but it is interesting to see if the Asian equivalent differs. Is the model the same as the UK? Are there huge obvious differences? Is one better or another? What follows is a brief description of 3 edtech products in a first attempt to try and answer some of these questions.
‘Used in 1 in 3 primary schools in Singapore’
A bold and impressive statement, for this online maths resources which seems to mostly be providing worksheets for students to print off and complete off-line. Resources provided for primary 1 to 6 (Singapore curriculum) with great detail given into what will be included in each year group. Many topics seem to be similar to those students in the UK study at lower secondary level. By investigating more it is clear to see that if you subscribe, you get a lot more: Detailed video lessons, step by step solutions and what looks to be a good product if you are willing to pay for it. KooBits is fully aligned with the curriculum but only available to schools and not for individual users.
The following video shows you more.
This application is based in India and provides a digital lab in which to conduct science experiments. The app can be downloaded at the on android devices at the google play store and interestingly there is no option for the iOS version. For physics, investigate what happens to lasers or pendulums when you change the conditions, find out more about the human skull in biology. Everything else available seems a little unclear, like this product has only just come onto the market. Claims are that it is aligned with the Indian curriculum.
LabInApp, set the pendulum to swing.
Ths final product for edtech in Asia is similar to parents apps or school bacs, in that it provides a link between the school and parents. It is from Indonesia and can be conveniently downloaded as an app for android or iOS devices. Schools and teachers can send updates to let parents know about events in school or the progress in the classroom. The school also finds out if the parents have read the message or not, which would provide interesting insights. It looks like an excellent product and what’s even better is they claim it is free.
Learn more in the following video:
Other products seems to rely on connecting tutors with students and finding online courses. There is a Khan Academy equivalent with Zenus.net from Indonesia which looks good. A list of others can be found on this post from Tech In Asia.
If there are other great sites related to edtech in Asia include them in the comments section below.