A few years ago, we could not imagine launching programs on sectors like health, justice or education! Today, more a fashion effect, online training (e-learning) is very successful; it has even become a real business. Have these platforms succeeded in arousing so much interest? To learn more, are the top 10 ED Tech French companies selected by Forbes:
OpenClassrooms is an online school. Each visitor can be both a reader and an editor. The courses can be carried out by members, by the team of the site, or possibly by professors of universities or partner schools. Initially focused on computer programming, the platform covers broader themes such as marketing, entrepreneurship and science since 2013. The site offers a catalog of over 1,000 tutorials available online. These are mostly text courses on computer development. The site is intended for everyone and especially fit for beginners.
DigiSchool is a platform that helps young people to pass their exams. Accompanied by about a hundred teachers and guidance counselors to offer a free and quality « school after school » service to 15-25 year-olds, it currently accounts for 6.5 million registered members. This success is due in particular to applications for revision of the tank, the patent and the Highway Code. Towards the end of 2016 DigiSchool has launched a free coaching service, combining a digital orientation course to find one’s way and to realize one’s choice of training through meetings (coaches, teaching establishments and sector).
Since 2013, this platform allows everyone to create and distribute their own training. The company, composed of thirty employees, mainly targets companies and institutions of higher education. 900 companies and training organizations use the 360 learning service. In parallel, it offers its 500,000 users the first marketplace dedicated to vocational training.
Sqool is the only French device to be included in the digital education plan and facing Apple, Samsung and Lenovo. This plan aims to equip 1500 middle schools and 1200 schools in touchpads. Created by Unowhy, the company that propelled Qooq, the touchpad specialized in cooking, Sqool raised 4.8 million euros.
The first learning platform and comprehensive academic revision platform. In accordance with the official curriculum of National Education, Kartable helps students to progress in their learning and to make the most of their potential. It is designed to help pupils in grades 6 to 12 at their own pace and to offer assessments. The company, launched in 2011 by two former HEC students, boasts of having 1 million monthly users and a fund raising of 1.2 million euros. Learning, practicing, evaluating, accessing professors is what this platform offers.
Beneylu School brings together applications for primary school in a secure universe. Linking students, teachers and parents is the goal of Beneylu. 27,000 classes already use this tool, which offers many applications adapted to elementary school students: textbook and log book, a blog, an atlas with GPS, a search engine, a tool for creating projects…
Launched in 2009 by a team of teachers, the company develops collaborative textbooks in digital and paper formats. Enables instant communication between the school and parents through messages similar to a chat or in electronic form. It can be used with a smart phone, tablet or computer interchangeably. Teachers can inform tutoring appointments, dates of important events (exams, trips, parties …) disciplinary incidents, unjustified absences.
More than 2,000 teachers are now contributing to the new textbooks. The company has 500,000 users.
Marbotic is a startup that designs and develops educational applications on a touchpad interacting with wooden toys for children between 3 years and 7 years. Using wooden toys placed on the back of the objects, wooden toys are detected by the touchpad once placed. The application will then dictate the number or letter enabling the child to better assimilate. Additional advantage, applications are developed in several languages. Her founder was inspired by the open pedagogy of Montessori, whose idea is that the child benefits from a better learning by touching and experiencing on his own.
AppScho is a mobile application that allows students to access the intranet of their school. The AppScho application makes it easy to access all school content in all mobility situations, regardless of the language of the user. With the help of notifications, students no longer miss out on important information. They can now access their schedules or test results instantly in their application no matter where they are. The Company has won a $ 100,000 Google bursary in 2014 and boasts 24,000 users and 40 user schools.
Since 2014, Magic Makers has offered computer training courses to children from the age of 6 years old. The objective of the company, founded by an engineer graduated from Telecom Paris Tech, is to give the taste of the code from a very young age thanks to a playful pedagogy. The children create their animations and their video games. Magic Makers raised 600,000 euros.
Domoscio is a start-up that offers students a machine to revise. Specializing in adaptive learning solutions, the company founded in 2013 combines cognitive sciences, big data and algorithms to present learning solutions tailored to each. It is taking its first steps in Paris 5. In the United States, where Ed Tech and adaptive learning are very advanced, Knewton, the counterpart of Domoscio, raised $ 155 million.
It is a connected keychain that detects the presence of students in the classroom, and prevents teachers from wasting time searching for the notebook and making the call. Its founder, Philippine Dolbeau, won the Young Entrepreneurs Award at the Hype Awards in 2015. The idea of this application came to her when she learned the story of a schoolboy forgotten in a school bus, without his parents realizing it, because the teacher had not made the call.
Today, there are many people who trust these new models of education. Whether online or through educational kits, the Edtech have been very successful. However, it is important to choose the good service. The virtual brings a consequent advantage, but having a good pedagogical follow-up is even better because the goal is to understand its errors and to know how to correct them.