A recent survey has revealed that even as most other sectors faced major setbacks due to Covid-19, edtech platforms have benefited immensely from the pandemic. While there’s no denying that a few leading players such as Byju’s and Vedantu have succeeded in capitalising on the increased edtech influence, a number of startups in the segment registered robust growth numbers on all parameters, including new users, traffic and engagement.
These platforms narrowed the gap between fun and learning, making online learning more interactive with tools such as AI-powered quizzes, stories and song-based curriculums. Let’s take a look at some of the apps offered by these startups that are here to make a difference.
1. Aristotle: Aristotle is India’s first social learning app, which acts as a point of convergence for students, schools as well as tuition centres. Based on the concept of social networking, the app enables a massive bank of User Generated Content that students can access anytime from anywhere. The app, developed by Digital Aristotle, also gives students an opportunity to clear their doubts and gather knowledge almost instantly. The personalised learning app boasts of helping students improve in just 10 minutes a day. The services offered include personalised revisions, quizzes to encourage friendly competition and a provision to scan any question from a textbook for step-by-step solutions. Aristotle further lets a student earn points, badges and even Amazon vouchers on the basis of performance.
2. Kutuki: Catering to preschool kids, the app offers hundreds of fun videos, rhymes, games and activities. The content of the app has been designed specifically to serve the needs of Indian kids. With their original rhymes, animations and illustrations, kids get to learn something new each time they log in. It focuses on language & phonics, math & science, cognitive development and social & life skills. A team comprising educators, musicians, artists and storytellers has made an attempt to bridge the gap between art and technology with this app. The app, which was recently recognised by prime minister Narendra Modi as part of AatmaNirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge, further focuses on building vocabulary and making the little ones learn letters and numbers.
3. Kiddopia: The app claims to offer the perfect balance of education and entertainment. It strives to serve as a platform for total integrative learning through interactive games, creative & stimulating activities. One USP of the app is a curriculum linked Math programme wherein kids can learn addition, subtraction, patterns, shapes etc. To enhance language skills, the app offers activities like alphabet tracing and spelling. It further ensures that kids acquire general knowledge like names of planets, constellations, monuments, even as they remain creative and also indulge in role playing. Kids can also cultivate social-emotional skills with the help of Kiddopia key characters.
4. iChamp: iChamp claims to be India’s largest free practice app catering to children studying from class 1 to class 8. The subjects covered by the app include Maths, English and Hindi. The gamified live testing platform is host to the country’s largest online tournament where thousands of students compete among themselves. It further offers short-duration live challenges that aim to improve speed and accuracy. The app also has a Practice Zone where students can select different topics from the three aforementioned subjects and answer questions in a fun and easy format. There are games and quizzes as well, powered with an interactive and animated interface.
5. Shifu Orboot: Designed for kids between the age group of 4-10, Orboot showcases three different worlds through a series of interactive globes – Orboot Earth, Orboot Dinos and Orboot Mars – that come alive with the magic of AR. The foremost among the three is Orboot Earth, which lets kids explore countries, cultures, wildlife etc on Earth. There are six categories under the same, namely Animals, Cultures, Cuisines, Inventions, Maps and Monuments. An inbuilt game mode further allows the little ones hunt treasures across the globe, build their own national park and take up fun challenges.