Healthy cognitive development and academic achievements are rooted in early education. K-6 segment is witnessing increasing number of EdTech companies trying their luck to lure early learners with their different solutions. However, not all are doing well. Here is a list of 10 EdTech companies with innovative solutions and good future.
Jean Piaget, the famous psychologist, who theorized about the cognitive developmental stages in children, describes the age between 4-7 years as the one comprising the pre-operational stage. At this stage, children are highly inquisitive and want to go into the reasons of things happening around them.
Early Learning: Seeds of Healthy Cognition
‘Why’ and ‘how’ type of questions can be commonly heard from this group of kids on almost everything. Often, the grown-ups might get intimidated by these innocent yet repetitive questions. The mental faculties of children at this age are at the forming stage and yet not fully prepared for higher level logical and rational thinking.
The recursive questioning and explanations by children at this stage can be seen as seeds of cognition sown for it to become fully functional at later learning stages. This is crucial to deal with these questions patiently and answer them correctly as only these answers are going to concretize later concepts in right way.
Learners at pre-operational stage understand symbols and can be imaginative and intuitive. They understand concrete things and find difficult to understand abstract ones. Pretend play and role plays are recommended as effective ways of delivering educational lessons to learners in this stage. Hands-on experience or play way methods of teaching are also favored method for making the young learners learn.
Learners at this stage are full of enthusiasm and possess high levels of energy which can only be subsided with the help of engaging and interesting activities. The immense energy of this group of kids need to be tapped and directed in a way that they become ready for future transition of learning to more complex and abstract concepts.
Crafting Learning Solutions for K-6: Not a Kid’s Play
When education has to be imparted to this group of learners, it is crucial to have prior knowledge about their characteristics so that meaningful experiences to lay strong educational foundation can be provided. The EdTech companies are today engaging in a lot of R&D for developing sound educational solutions based on child psychology and pedagogical principles.
Catering to the K-6 learners is one of the most difficult instructional challenges as the learners are so young that they cannot take responsibility of their own learning unlike those from middle and secondary classes. Also, their attention keeps on wavering and they have short concentration span.
The course makers therefore have twin difficulties to overcome, viz. keeping the concentration intact during the lesson and making them learn their age-appropriate lessons. And, for doing so one has to be highly imaginative and would have to think like a child for getting desirable outputs.
There are plethora of companies which are claiming to have invented new and effective learning solutions for learners in K-6 group, but not all of them are worth mentioning here, nor are their solutions near anywhere innovative. We have strenuously compiled this list of ten EdTech companies in K-6 segment addressing new-age learning challenges of ‘Generation Z’ tech-savvy learners. However, we simultaneously hope that this list to grow really stronger in future.
10 EdTech Companies With Innovative K-6 Learning Solutions*
Disney characters and their timeless stories are favorite of all children. This app uses the Disney characters from Frozen, Cars, Toy Story, Disney Princesses franchises etc. to build a strong foundation of basic concepts in a fun and interactive way. Disney. BYJU’s Early Learn app exclusively caters to the children of age group 6-8 years.
BYJU’s is already known for its extraordinary visual effects and use of cutting-edge technology in education. The app provides digitally enabled worksheets so that the young learners can learn by doing themselves and also get qualitative feedback. It features interactive learning games for increased attention and engagement.
Rewards and levels are incorporated in the games for boosting motivation. It also enables real-time updates of children’s learning to parents so that they can monitor and get involved with their learning.
The app provides rich, animated curriculum-aligned lessons, which make learning exciting and engaging for the young kids. The focus is on concept clarity which is ensured through visual learning modules prepared by an in-house team of senior academicians, technology experts and animation artists.
The app offers content specific to a number of national and state boards of education. Extramarks’s AI-based studybot, ALEX, guides students and solves their doubts instantly. Alex helps in creating personalized learning journeys, for each child as per their study patterns.
It also helps in setting milestones for students. These journeys are based on an adaptive learning platform, which help students progressively improve their score and learning outcomes in a fun and interactive manner. Elements of gamification helps in motivation and sustaining the interest of the young learners.
It is a comprehensive English and Math learning app for kids of grade K-5. mGuru, the Mumbai-based EdTech company, focuses on interactive learning and in developing fun learning solutions. The mobile app is compatible with all kinds of digital devices and available in multiple languages.
mGuru app hosts a number of engaging activities and games for making learning interesting for the young active learners. The content on mGuru is aligned with a number of educational boards like CBSE, ICSE and other state boards of education.
The app is a NASSCOM award-winning English learning app focused on taking a primary school child from ABC to proficiency. mGuru has hundreds of activities, stories, videos, games, and more, all curated and arranged to optimize and accelerate the learning process.
With head offices at US and Canada, this hugely successful EdTech company has entered the Indian market in 2018 with its engaging curriculum-aligned math platform for 1st to 8th grade students in schools. In its adaptive platform, Prodigy offers more than 1400 math concepts which motivates to learn and practice math.
The most attractive thing about this math learning platform is that it caters to the diverse needs of different learners by providing differentiated learning experiences according to one’s proficiency level and economic backgrounds.
What’s so engaging about Prodigy’s math content? As we all know, math is usually known as being difficult, dreary, and boring. Prodigy has done something to make its math content engaging. It uses fun and easy games to make learners understand the core concepts and also practice them in an engaging way.
Math games at Prodigy are loaded with gears and accessories and elements of gamification to improve learner engagement. For schools and teachers, it provides the feature of customization so that personalized learning paths for every child can be made.
This EdTech company has already occupied its place in our previous article ‘Top 10 EdTech companies’ in India. It is a Bengaluru-based, after-school, math-learning program under the aegis of Carve Niche Technologies Pvt. Ltd. The program was designed by experts from IIT, NIT and IIM along with other Cambridge-certified educators to be provided digitally through neighborhood beGalileo learning centers.
beGalileo utilizes a unique 5-stage pathway for math learning, viz. (i) understand concepts, (ii) strengthen concepts, (iii) sharpen accuracy, (iv) improve speed, and (v) conquer math. It offers workbooks, games, puzzles and an adaptive platform to cater to the personalized needs of students in the age group of 5-14 years.
The program also offers personalized learning of core math concepts by identifying a student’s individual learning path. It helps in improving logical thinking and reasoning skills with the help of quizzes and puzzles. The workbooks help in understanding and practice while its adaptive platform offers multiple modes of learner catering to different learning styles. There is also an unlimited access to online math practice exercises.
Math has been one of the scariest subject for most of the students. Cuemath is changing this perception of Math by making learners understand the basic mathematical concepts with the help of a number of innovative solutions. Specially aligned to the school curriculum, it believes in teaching math the right way and developing mathematical thinking so that the young learners become future problem solvers and critical thinkers.
For K-6 learners, the EdTech company offers a foundation math program at a nearby Cuemath learning center. The students are provided with specially designed worksheets to strengthen math concepts, math manipulatives to visualize math concepts better, puzzle cards to build logical reasoning, and tab-based math activities to improve speed and accuracy.
Cuemath helps the learners build their own mental models and algorithms by assisting them in visualizing concepts from different points of view. It enables students to apply math in everyday thinking and problem solving.
Cuemath has more than 5000 centers across the country with more than 40000 enrolled students. The company also claims that a cue math learner consistently scores 90+ in school math and also bags top ranks in International Math Olympiads.
7. CAMP K12
This Gurugram-based EdTech company has been a pioneer in leading online coding courses for children in the age group of 6-18 since 2010. It prepares children for the 21st century jobs by providing them the requisite IT skills. The concept sounds good if we see the dearth of employable vocational skills in today’s youth. And, it seems plausible if someone talks of fostering these skills at early learning stages.
Through its interactive online virtual classrooms, CAMP K12 offers a number of expert guided courses like augmented reality (AR) development; android development; 3D coding and VR game developing; artificial intelligence and machine learning; web development with HTML, CSS,JS, and Phython; etc.
CAMP K12 claims to have provided such courses to more than 50,000 students till now. For making learning interesting, its adaptive platform utilizes gamification elements like earn the coin and top the leaderboard; quizzes; group contest and projects; etc. CAMP K12 also creates a college-ready portfolio for its every student which can be added to the CV for a good impression.
8. WhiteHat Jr.
This EdTech company is preparing kids in the age bracket of 6-14 years for the new world of online digital technology by teaching them coding. The online platform offers four levels: Beginner (Grade 1), Intermediate (Grade 2-3), Advanced (Grade 4-6), and professional for grade 7-9.
WhiteHat Jr. uses an expert-prepared curriculum for different levels and imparts training with the help of top certified teachers. The program believes in developing children in a way that they become creators and not only consumers of tech products like video games, mobile apps, etc. It imparts these skills through 1:1 convenient live online classes.
WhiteHat Jr. claims to obtained good results as it has observed a 75 percent improvement in math and logic of its students. Kids use foundation of logic, sequence, loops, and commands to create outcomes like puzzles and interactive stories. The program has also been found to help in development of critical thinking, problem solving, design thinking and abstract learning skills among children.
9. Emotix’s Miko
Emotix, a Mumbai-based advanced robotics company has brought to life the fictional idea of robots as a child’s companion in India. Miko (now Miko 2) is an advanced emotionally intelligent personal robot for kids which not only engages and entertains but also educates the child.
Miko can also sense child’s moods and act accordingly. Built on principles of artificial intelligence and internet of things (IOT), this robot has received good response in India. It can assist the child in his/her academic development by curriculum-linked conversational learning. The robot can also sing, dance, play games and narrate stories to children, hence becoming their true companion.
With the help of Miko’s advanced parental dashboard, parents can monitor the activities of children and can also telecommunicate with the feature of inbuilt video calling. All the data of child is safe and secure with Miko.
This STEM learning-based EdTech company provides novel learning solutions to learners from 3-8 years. It develops DIY educational toys, augmented reality (AR) enabled activity, robotics and internet of things (IOT) for developing science, technology, engineering and mathematics aptitude at a very young age.
It also offers app-based engagements and its solutions range from purely physical to purely digital category. Its android app ‘Smartivity Edge’ helps in bringing to life the colored worksheets with help of AR and also has a storehouse of game-based learning concepts. Smartivity’s vision is to promote STEM learning for developing scientific temperament in the learners.
(*The companies aren’t exactly in order as it’s difficult to rank them in a single list owing to the varied nature of their offerings — some are purely online, while others are blended. Purely digital and online EdTech programs have been given precedence. Also, purely curriculum-based platforms appear prior to non-curricular platforms. The idea of the story is to just mention 10 most effective platforms for early age learners. Also, the list is just indicative.)