Your Weeks 48 - 49 update from the Nordic and Baltic EdTech ecosystem
Nordic EdTech News is the best way to keep up with the EdTech ecosystem across 8 Nordic and Baltic countries. I curate it from company updates and a wide variety of international sources. It’s a passion project of mine - the rest of my time is spent advising / consulting the companies who lead the future of learning. If you’d like to find out more, drop me an email.
Hello and welcome to the final Nordic EdTech News of 2023. I cannot believe how quickly the year has gone - it’s been a busy one for Nordic EdTech and the last two weeks have been no exception. Let’s dive in!
The recent XcitED 2023 event at Slush saw the announcement of the 2023 Nordic Baltic EdTech 50. This is HolonIQ's annual list of the most promising EdTech startups from across the Nordic and Baltic region.
Three key takeaways from HolonIQ’s detailed analysis of the list: more than half of this year's list operate in the K-12 sector; EdTechs from Finland, Norway and Sweden make up two thirds of companies recognised; B2B models dominate as EdTechs work closely with schools, institutions and companies to deliver their solutions.
Congratulations to the 50 companies who made the list!
Of course, the other major news story to cover is the publication of the PISA results. Apart from congratulating Estonia for retaining their position as Europe’s top performer, I’m not going to go into the specifics of the national results and subsequent coverage. But there are some interesting broader, digital themes to look at.
Not least the fact that the 8 countries in our ecosystem are all in the top 21 countries globally for use of digital resources in school (Link, p195). In fact Denmark tops the OECD table with students using digital tools in school for learning for 3.8 hours a day, on average.
More broadly, the Pisa 2022 report is clear that national governments should ensure that “all schools, regardless of their socio-economic profile, enjoy adequate and quality educational material and digital resources.” It also finds that the moderate use of digital devices in school (up to one hour a day for learning activities) is related to higher academic performance, particularly in maths.
Do check out this EEA newsblast for further insight on the PISA results and digital learning. If you’re after more detailed stats, then the survey notes for each participating country can be found here along with an overarching document that provides key insights and interpretations.
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Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Best regards, Jonathan
News from Denmark
Danes want compulsory technology understanding in primary school. (Link)
Vocational and upper secondary programmes in Himmerland were without internet and part of their IT infrastructure after a ransomware attack. (Link)
Forlaget Columbus and GO Forlag have announced they will be merging - effective 1 December. (Link)
News from Estonia
News from Finland
Sad to hear that funding for the Helsinki Education Hub will finish at the end of this year. (Link)
News from Iceland
News from Latvia
A new European Social Fund project has introduced joint digitization initiatives in five Latvian universities. (Link)
News from Lithuania
News from Norway
A new, digital game-based teaching programme at USN led to better student grades. (Link)
News from Sweden
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