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Nordic EdTech News #86: 2023-04-03
Your Weeks 12 - 13 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.
It’s a bit of a shock to be back in snowy and sunny northern Sweden after a week in London and three days at the Bett Show! But it was great to meet up with so many customers, friends and newsletter subscribers at the event.
The Nordic EdTech ecosystem had a really strong presence with four national stands in the Global Showcase area (Denmark, Finland, Lithuania and Norway) along with a good number of individual companies exhibiting. Particular congratulations to our three Bett Awards Winners : Ludenso (Secondary - free digital content, app or open educational resource), Lyfta Education (Transformational Impact) and Mussila (Educational resource for parents or home learning).
In other news, Shape Robotics have concluded an oversubscribed share issue that secured over DKK 36 million in further funding (Link). This investment will support their continued European expansion including “the establishment of local teams in at least one new European market” and the “recruitment of key employees and the build-up of inventories.” The business also launched an integration of the Fable robot and the new Blockly app with Samsung's interactive whiteboard at the Bett Show (Link).
Whilst in Denmark, Humani confirmed a $2.2 million pre-seed round to develop its platform that aims to “unleash humans’ inner superpower.” In an interview with Tech.eu, the startup’s CEO Anders Mayntzhusen confirmed that the solution identifies where “individuals get most ‘energy’ and where, in the organisation, they would be most likely to ‘grow’ and be ‘happy’.”
Two sizable recent investments to also report in Norwegian EdTech. Fynd Reality, a provider of training / learning programmes developed with AR and VR, has raised NOK 6.5 million in a new funding round from regional investors including Kilde and First Seed (Link). The investment will enable the company to scale “much faster” globally. Separately, Videocation, a corporate learning course / content provider, has raised NOK 16.6 million in a new round to continue growth in the Norwegian and Spanish markets (Link).
Also in Norway, a merger has been confirmed between Universitetsforlaget AS and Aschehoug (Link). The former has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aschehoug since 2000 - a reorganization of the business’ education operations is now anticipated. Heidi Norland, Universitetsforlaget’s new Head of Publishing, is clear where the focus needs to be: “They (Aschehoug) have the knowledge of the digital student that we need. We have to imagine the student of the future, then we have to know what they do in the fully digital school.”
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There’ll be no Nordic EdTech News on 17 April as I’m moving house. We’re heading back to Skellefteå in Swedish Lapland, so I’ll be back in your inbox on 24th April!
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News from Denmark
More than nine out of 10 Danes believe that mobile phones should be banned in classes. Yet school leaders, teachers and students believe that some careful limits to their use will be sufficient. (Link)
Vejen Municipality drops plans to teach secondary school pupils online for two lessons a week. (Link)
News from Estonia
How does Estonia integrate digital skills into lifelong learning and encourage the use of online career guidance tools? (Link)
Tallinn University Centre for Educational Technology and the University of Tartu will host a “Conference of Innovative Education: Fostering Sustainable Digital Innovation in Schools.” (Link - 25th April)
News from Finland
The EdTech Disruption Day will be run for the first time as a national event with the Keuda Vocational School. (Link - 17th April)
News from Iceland
Interesting to read about the Stjórnvísi Digital Education Professional Group, who aim “to create an active platform for sharing knowledge, methods and experiences of digital/electronic educational material within companies and institutions.”
News from Latvia
200 EdTech experts and teachers met to share experience and best practice (Link).
News from Lithuania
News from Norway
The Norwegian government published proposals for a new Education Act. (Link)
News from Sweden
New large-scale study looks at teaching practice in Swedish classrooms. (Link)
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