Nordic EdTech News #19 : 2020-05-18

Your Week 19 & 20 update from the Nordic & Baltic EdTech ecosystems

With schools beginning to reopen, attention is now focusing on the pandemic’s long-term impact on education systems. There’s no shortage of optimistic speculation from experts, investors (and here) and others who expect the pandemic experience to transform education and individual EdTech products. Certainly the clear feedback from learners (Link, Link) is that they’re not looking to return to normal, ‘new’ or otherwise.

In fact the Nordic EdTech market is already responding to the significant changes that the pandemic has caused. In response to the rising use of digital content, the Norwegian government has committed an additional 140m NOK in such resources (Nor, Nor) It’s also apparent that the funding landscape remains in rude health, with last week’s news that School Day had raised €1.1m in a seed round led by Sparkmind.vc (Link). (For other startups seeking funding, check out the Startup Capital online matchmaking event on 18th June.)

Last week’s financial literacy PISA test results contained great news for our region’s four participing countries with Estonia and Finland taking the top two spots, with Latvia and Lithuania both in the top 10. (Link) Finally, it was great to see so many Nordic and Baltic EdTechs recognised in the 2020 EdTech Awards (Link).

Stay healthy and with best regards, Jonathan

News from Denmark

News from Estonia

News from Finland

News from Iceland

  • ICYMI - How Kara Connect are supporting student wellbeing during the crisis. (Link)

  • Further details emerge of online and live Utís events. (Ice)

News from Latvia

  • As part of the CrisisLab programme, students from 17 Latvian universities and colleges presented responses to the Covid-19 crisis. (Lat)

  • Exonicus develop virtual training scenarios for doctors aimed at reducing spread of Covid-19. (Link)

  • New teacher recruitment campaign launches #Mācītspēks. (Lat, Eng)

  • Your Class’ educational resources used by Latvians in over 70 countries. (Lat, Eng)

News from Lithuania

  • Latest April update from BitDegree. (Link)

  • New survey shows significant increase in parental engagement in education and increased use of educational platforms during the pandemic. (LithEng)

  • Masters studies announced for teachers and school leaders. (LithEng)

News from Norway

  • Diku stress the importance of networks to share high quality digital learning resources. (Nor, Eng)

  • University of Southern Denmark select itslearning as its LMS. (Link)

  • Kahoot! start 2020 with a strong Q1 (Link) and announce Kahoot! EDU Summit on June 17. (Link)

  • Lær Kidsa Koding launch new YouTube channel. (Link)

  • No Isolation featured in a CNBC report on tackling loneliness. (Link)

  • My Norwegian isn’t good enough to understand this podcast on digital education, but a great line-up of contributors nonetheless! (Link)

  • Skooler demonstrates how it can supports strong communication during distance learning (Link) and announces new toolbox feature. (Link)

News from Sweden

Thanks for reading and see you again on 1st June!

Many thanks, Jonathan

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