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
Paul Ramchandani, LEGO professor of play at the University of Cambridge, suggests how to make home schooling work. (Link)
News from Estonia
Recording of this week’s fascinating webinar on how to start an education startup in Estonia here.
News from Finland
News from Iceland
Further details emerge of online and live Utís events. (Ice)
News from Latvia
News from Lithuania
News from Norway
My Norwegian isn’t good enough to understand this podcast on digital education, but a great line-up of contributors nonetheless! (Link)
News from Sweden
Thanks for reading and see you again on 1st June!
Many thanks, Jonathan
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