According to a report from McGraw-Hill Education, the use of mobile devices for studying was on the rise in 2013 and 2014. 81% of the 1,700 college students surveyed used mobile devices like smartphones and tablets making them the second popular choice behind laptops.
According to data released by the CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Center) the number of mobile Internet users in China rose by over 11% to 557 million in 2014 compared to 2013.
This means that over 86% of Internet users in Mainland China are accessing the web via their mobile phone, an increase by 5%.
It is quite fascinating to follow Myanmar’s rise as a tech, edtech and thus startup destination in general these days given that the reign of the military junta only ended in 2011. As Myanmar is now slowly opening itself to new influences, the first telecommunications companies entered the country just about two and a half years ago.
Sure, all in all we should be careful in making assumptions too quickly as the country is still in the very early stages of its modern development. Nevertheless, there are a number of indicators that confirm how the country might leapfrog some of the stages developing countries usually go through when it comes to technology.
Chipmaker Qualcomm announced the acquisition of mobile learning platform EmpoweredU for an undisclosed sum. Founded in 2011, EmpoweredU pivoted and changed names several times before settling on its current model, a mobile centered learning platform based upon the Canvas LMS. The EmpoweredU team will be integrated in Qualcomm’s other mobile focused education initiatives.
The company also announced that it has invested in Wowo, a mobile edtech startup through its new $150 million strategic fund for China which focuses on Internet, e-commerce, semiconductor, education and health. Wowo is targeting the pre-school English market.
At first glance these announcements seem to be a bit out of focus. Why does a hardware company want to be in the edtech space?
In today’s EdTech Startups Japan Edition we take a look at three startups that are based in Japan, two of which founded by immigrant entrepreneurs from the US.
Translation platform Gengo surpassed 200 million translated words, Eigooo wants to teach English via text chat to shy students and Mana.bo wants to disrupt the $10 billion Japanese cram school industry.
Kuailexue, a Chinese startup that builds a mobile Q&A platform for students around smartphones, raised a $5 million Series A led by Matrix Partners China, with follow-on funding from Crystal Stream reports Tech In Asia.
Bhutan’s e-learning project iSchool, a cooperation of Swedish telecommunication solutions provider Ericsson, Bhutan Telecom, Bhutan’s Ministry of Education and the government of Bhutan, launched with six pilot schools bringing high quality education to some 250 students in remote areas.
Faculty from the so called master school will connect via video lesson to interact and collaborate directly with the students in the pilot schools. The ninth graders will be taught in a variety of science subjects, but also English, Mindfulness and Environmental Studies are on the lesson plan.
Indian mobile education startup GradeStack has received an undisclosed amount in seed funding from Times Internet Limited.
GradeStack previously received RS 10 lakhs ($160k) from Times Internet Limited as part of its TLabs incubator program.
Quipper, a London-based mobile e-learning and quizz platform raised a £3.4 million ($5.8 million USD) Series A2 led by Atomico with participation of Japanese education publisher Benesse and others.
Quipper previously raised a £400k Seed Round and a £2.3 million Series A1, bringing the total funding raised to around $10 million USD.
Internet.org announced SocialEDU, an initiative that aims to bring free mobile learning experiences to students in Rwanda.
To make this ambitious project happen Facebook partnered with Nokia, Ericsson, edX, Airtel and the Rwandan government.