Welcome to this final Nordic EdTech News of 2019! This is a change from our usual fortnightly publishing schedule as I wanted to squeeze in one more newsletter before taking a break for Christmas.
In addition to the usual roundup of news from across the Baltic and Nordic EdTech ecosystems, this newsletter also carries an exclusive interview with Charles Madon, Partner EMEA, at Lego Ventures. It’s a great introduction to their unique investment model - you can read the full interview here.
Nordic EdTech News returns to subscriber inboxes on 6th January 2020, so please follow us on Twitter where we’ll be keeping an eye on any developments over the festive season.
Finally, huge thanks to everyone who has supported Nordic EdTech News since we launched back in September - it’s hugely appreciated!
Enjoy a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Best regards, Jonathan
Congrats to the Nordic EdTech companies whose achievements were recognised at the Reimagine Education Awards. (Link)
The European Centre for Policy Studies and the Grow with Google programme launched their ‘European Readiness for Digital Lifelong Learning’ report last week. It found that Estonia, Finland (and the Netherlands) excel in their digitalisation of education. (Link)
This NYT article has been widely shared and discussed but it’s a great piece on business and life in Finland (and more generally the Nordics). (Link)
Plenty of useful insights into the strength of the Nordic and Baltic startup ecosystem in this PwC survey. (Link)
The Startup Wise Guys accelerator, working with EIT Digital, launch the Baltic Startup Scene Report (Link). Lots to digest here including the finding that Baltics outperform the Nordics in terms of per capita startup funding. (Link)
AWS have announced the finalists in the Amazon Alexa EdTech Skills Challenge. (Link)
Over the past 6 weeks, over 4000 teachers across Europe have worked with the Games in School initiative, supporting the classroom use of video games. (Link)
News from Denmark
News from Estonia
99Math’s International Maths Game was a great success in the EU and the US.
How Estonia uses its education budget to deliver great results. (Link)
The future usage of educational data dominated last week’s Global Education Industry Summit. Useful summary here.
School leaders from Microsoft’s EU Showcase Schools gathered in Tallinn. Follow #EduDay #SCSEU19 on social for more.
The success of Estonia’s education system was reiterated at the Learning and Teaching Expo in Hong Kong. (Link)
News from Finland
Delivering phenomenon-based learning in the Finnish classroom. (Link)
As part of Finland’s Presidency of the EU Council, the Elements of AI course will be translated to all official EU languages and made available across the EU. (Link)
News from Iceland
The Icelandic tradition of Jólabókaflóð - the Christmas book flood - makes it to the UK in a new initiative from the National Literacy Trust. (Link)
News from Latvia
Great to see teachers being recognised for their work at the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA) Awards. (Latvian)
News from Lithuania
News from Norway
News from Sweden
Register interest in Swedish EdTest, the new national test bed for EdTech here.
Thanks for reading and see you again on 6th January 2020!
Best regards, Jonathan