2021 has been a very challenging year for students, schools, teachers and parents. New norms were established and put to use wherein Hybrid learning was the core. Edtech has been a booming industry anyway in India, but the growth seen in the year 2021 has been almost 100%. Students were seen relying on online learning, investors were putting their money in edtech companies, parents could assist their children better with the help of online learning platforms. In all this, edtech apps took a quantum leap in 2021, below are a few of them:
Brainly – A global online learning platform uniting over 350M students, parents, and teachers every month, with over 55M users from India alone. The Brainly app helps students with asking homework questions, searching for homework answers, practicing for exams, essays, and research in many subjects including Math, History, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Social Studies, Geography, Health, Arts, Business, Computers and Technology, and many more. It is a reliable platform when it comes to the quality of answers and explanations as they are ensured by a dedicated team of moderators that check all content on a daily basis. In 2021, they also introduced AI enabled Brainly Math Solver to help students get over their Maths Phobia.
UpGrad – One of India’s largest online higher education companies, UpGrad helps students get an online degree from the top universities in the world. UpGrad has become an Edtech unicorn and is all set to acquire Australia-based edtech startup Global Study Partners (GSP). Their 1 on 1 mentorship and support for placement is what sets them apart. They have courses ranging from MBA in business to MBAs in law, insurance, software, blockchain and more.
Byju’s – Byju’s has become the household name for online education in India. They cover a wide variety of classes starting from class 4 up to CAT or IAS test preps. They also have a learning app for kids called BYJU’S for kids which focuses on early learning for kids in classes 1-3. They use engaging video lessons, personalized learner’s journeys, unlimited practice sessions and engaging questionnaires and have also collaborated with companies like Disney to make learning truly fun. The company saw more than 7.5 million new users on its platform since it started offering free access to content.
Vedantu – One of India’s leading online tutoring websites covers the whole syllabus ranging from CBSE, ISCE, NTSE, Olympiads, and even IIT JEE. They offer free online classes on its website and app. The website also offers free study material, apart from the online classes. Amid the lockdown, the website started to give free access to all live classes and content of Vedantu for Grades 1 to 12, JEE & NEET and saw a surge in users.
Unacademy – This Bangalore based edtech platform recorded massive growth in terms of revenue, video views, watch time, etc. They acquired online tuition platform Swiflearn. The acquisition is in-line with Unacademy’s plans to strengthen it