As we embark on a new year against the backdrop of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we continue to live in an extraordinary age of mass school closures and distance learning. Despite the challenges that remote learning has presented for students, educators, and parents across the globe, the learning community has demonstrated great resilience and innovation in the face of disruption.
Education technology has emerged during this period as an indispensable tool for many schools, enabling students to not only continue their education, but thrive with the additional flexibility and personalized support that many online learning platforms provide.
School closures and the ensuing need for remote learning provisions have propelled edtech into the limelight, increasing awareness of online learning platforms and digital resources to a much wider audience than before. It is no surprise then to discover that venture capital investment in education technology increased by 50 percent–from $7 billion to $16.1 billion–from 2019 to 2020.
Despite this growth, however, the pandemic has not been smooth sailing for schools and online education providers. The sharp increase in demand for distance learning in such a short period of time has meant staff and students have had to adapt quickly to meet the rising demand and ensure the systems in place would be able to cope. However, just as technology has supported students during the pandemic, it has also helped those providing the resources.