The EDUCATE programme has announced the names of the second round of recipients of its prestigious EdWard quality mark, recognising the achievements and success of the educational technology (EdTech) companies with which it works.
The EdWards will be presented at a ceremony, to be held during the Bett Show, on January 25, and hosted by Sophie Bailey, the founder of EdTech Podcast, with a keynote speech from Sherry Coutu, the social entrepreneur and angel investor.
Recipients will receive either an Evidence-Aware or Evidence-Applied EdWard, depending on the extent to which they have met the criteria. Those who receive the Evidence Aware mark have demonstrated an understanding of EDUCATE’s evidence-led approach, while the latter recipients have applied that awareness to improve the quality of the delivery or development of their concept.
There will be 20 Evidence-Aware recipients:
– Beebop Technology
– Big Minnow Ltd
– Blue Duck Education (Mangahigh)
– Discovery Education UK
– El Izi Communications Consultancy UK Ltd (Brands Whispering)
– Evidence B
– Get My Grades
– Institute of Physics
– Interactive Scientific
– Pinemarten Education Ltd (SmartRubric)
– Pobble Education Ltd
– Pocket Stress Buster
It means that schools, universities and organisations who deal with a company bearing the EdWard mark can be assured that the product or service they offer is being developed with a sound basis in research, and its impact is evidenced by what works and is effective in teaching and learning.
Since its inception in 2017, more than 160 EdTech companies have been admitted to the EDUCATE programme.
Professor Rose Luckin, Director of EDUCATE and Professor of Learner Centred Design at UCL Knowledge Lab, said: “The Bett Show is the perfect occasion at which to celebrate the achievements of our cohorts.
“We have been impressed with the level of commitment they have shown both to developing their own ideas and products, and to their enthusiasm for the programme.
“These recipients represent what makes the UK a world leader in EdTech development – innovation, creativity, commitment and enthusiasm – all of which are in abundance among these companies. They are among the very best in their field, anywhere.”
The presentation evening will begin at 6pm with a drinks reception, with the formal ceremony taking place from 6.45pm.
*EDUCATE will be exhibiting on stand FS45 in the Bett Futures zone at the Bett Show, from January 23-26, along with 20 of its cohorts, who will be available to discuss the work of the programme, and their own products.