Educating the future

Northern Ireland EdTech collaborative network

In Northern Ireland, technology is deeply engrained in our education system. We combine excellence in teaching with innovative educational platforms and connectivity, to produce students who regularly outperform their counterparts in the rest of the UK.

NI EdTech represents a group of forward-thinking companies who have helped Northern Ireland confirm its reputation for education. We now offer that combined knowledge, expertise and experience to the World.

About NI EdTech

NI EdTech brings together founders of education innovation companies and evangelists from all over Northern Ireland who can offer advice, products and services dedicated to:

  • Creating / Providing Learning Content
  • Raising Attainment / Removing Barriers (SEND)
  • Enabling Parental Engagement
  • Providing Interactive Platform

The Northern Ireland education eco-system lends itself to innovation and collaboration.

Working with and supported by:

Creating / Providing Learning Content

Many of our EdTech innovators create or provide content which can be used directly by learners, teachers, administrative staff or parents. These are delivered in a variety of formats:

The creation and delivery of instructional content that assists learners to develop a better understanding of a particular topic is core to many NI EdTech member companies. Several of our members have developed platforms to deliver this content including:

  • Edmin Student Support Portal - The Portal helps students attain their educational goals by serving resources and content to teaching staff, students and parents.
  • Wholeschool Software - Build, Deploy & Host online learning solutions. Wholeschool have worked alongside large educational institutions, Including the National College of Ireland to curate and provide world-class Instructional Content.

Video and animation is a highly visual method of delivering instructional content. While many of our EdTech companies feature these elements within their products, we also have companies who solely focus on creating and delivering content through this medium.

  • Learning Mole - Create short “how to” and lesson video clips in Maths, English and Science which are distributed globally.
  • MakeMatic - Create short-form educational videos in bulk to large corporate entities such as BBC Bitesize, Adobe and Crayola.

Learning through playing games has proven to increase student engagement. While gamification is an ever-growing aspect of many virtual learning environments the development of game-based learning is a specialised area that many of our members excel within.

  • Jetpack Learning - Specialists in game-based learning, Jetpack has created an educational games authoring platform, “Game Changer”, that offers publishers unimaginable efficiencies in the development of digital games. The same platform has been adapted for use in the classroom enabling teachers to build personalised learning for their students.

With easier access to Virtual and Augmented Reality technology, AR/VR is a growing area within education globally and Northern Ireland is home to some of the most interesting exponents of the medium.

  • Sentireal - Specialise in creating content and software that integrates AR/VR into learning. They have developed a platform known as 'immersonal' which is focused on learning and training within the medical and healthcare sector. The same technology, with different content, also provides self-management guidance to individuals on areas such as mental health, autism and acquired brain injury.

Educational Technology is not restricted to digital solutions only. Several NI companies offer physical products and devices designed for use in the classroom.

  • IZAK9 - A physical device comprising 27 cubes that can be arranged in millions of different combinations. This raises children’s curiosity levels around mathematics and offers the potential for high levels of engagement, whilst also creating opportunities for all children – with different learning abilities and preferred learning styles – to access the skills and content of the maths curriculum.

Raising Attainment / Removing Barriers (SEND)

Businesses who have developed specific tools to support the raising of attainment and enabling students to access their learning in a more appropriate way to their needs.

People who have disabilities often have difficulty performing activities of daily living independently, or even with assistance. Northern Ireland leads the way in assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities or the elderly population.

  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • Edmin Student Support Portal - The portal provides access to a community of assistive software providers and manufacturers, students with a disability and teaching staff. Join a community who believe in unlimited possibilities!
  • TextHelp - Assistive technology solutions to help students and teachers that offer a range of literacy/numeracy tools which help with reading and writing and provide mathematical ‘language’ support.

Member Products, Services or Consultancy in this area includes:

  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • TakeTen - A stress control training app designed to manage stress and so improve performance by avoiding the negative biological effects of stress, anxiety, fear and other negative feelings.

Teachers often find it difficult to engage niche learners with mainstream published content. If a child has special educational needs or is simply a little ahead or behind his/her peers, there is very little a busy teacher can do. Our members are actively researching and offering solutions for personalised learning.

  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • Jetpack Learning - Jetpack’s “Game Changer” platform offers teachers the ability to build personalised game-based learning activities for their students.
  • TakeTen - A stress control training app designed to manage stress and so improve performance by avoiding the negative biological effects of stress, anxiety, fear and other negative feelings.
  • Wholeschool Software - Extensive experience in developing and supporting interactive videos, presentations and games using HTML5 and the Moodle LMS framework.

Immersive video technologies help learners visualise problems and solutions more readily than traditional print-based solutions. From short “how to” videos to complex VR experiences, NI EdTech members are pushing the boundaries of what is possible with interactive video.

  • AISR - A virtual lab product to allow learners to experience practical chemistry experiments in VR
  • Learning Mole - Create short “how to” and lesson video clips in Maths, English and Science which are distributed globally.
  • Sentireal - Specialise in creating content and software that integrates AR/VR into learning. They have developed a platform known as 'immersonal' which is focused on learning and training within the medical and healthcare sector. The same technology, with different content, also provides self-management guidance to individuals on areas such as mental health, autism and acquired brain injury.

Educational Technology is not restricted to digital solutions only. Many NI companies offer physical products and devices that help breakdown barriers to learning and increase attainment.

  • IZAK9 - A physical device comprising 27 cubes that can be arranged in millions of different combinations. This raises children’s curiosity levels around mathematics and offers the potential for high levels of engagement, whilst also creating opportunities for all children – with different learning abilities and preferred learning styles – to access the skills and content of the maths curriculum.

Enabling Parent Engagement

The benefits of a positive home-school relationship, where parents and teachers work in partnership to support students, can have advantages academically as well as encouraging greater emotional wellbeing.

Video and animation content can be a readily accessible resource that supports learning from home and engages students remotely. Some members of NIEdTech focus on creating engaging educational video and animation content while others have tools to create and upload personalised video content to their platforms.

  • Learning Mole - Create short “how to” and lesson video clips in Maths, English and Science which are distributed globally.
  • MakeMatic - Create short-form educational videos in bulk to large corporate entities such as BBC Bitesize, Adobe and Crayola.

Learner personal management tools can support blended learning initiatives and ultimately optimises the learning experience for students. Some of our members provide tools for effective monitoring and tracking of student wellbeing, progress and experiences.

  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • TakeTen - A stress control training app designed to manage stress and so improve performance by avoiding the negative biological effects of stress, anxiety, fear and other negative feelings.

Assistive technology can extend beyond an educational setting, engaging students throughout all aspects of their life. Individuals with disabilities and learning difficulties who can require structure and consistency are able to achieve a greater independence through the use of assistive tools.

  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • Edmin Student Support Portal - The portal provides access to a community of assistive software providers and manufacturers, students with a disability and teaching staff. Join a community who believe in unlimited possibilities!
  • TextHelp - Assistive technology solutions to help students and teachers that offer a range of literacy/numeracy tools which help with reading and writing and provide mathematical ‘language’ support.
  • AISR - A virtual lab product to allow learners to experience practical chemistry experiments in VR
  • Sentireal - Specialise in creating content and software that integrates AR/VR into learning. They have developed a platform known as 'immersonal' which is focused on learning and training within the medical and healthcare sector. The same technology, with different content, also provides self-management guidance to individuals on areas such as mental health, autism and acquired brain injury.
  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • BottleTop Media - Full integration between a website and a smartphone app designed to drive enrolment and provide real-time paperless contact/parental engagement removing the need for SMS/text service
  • Early Years App - A touch screen system, keeping nurseries and parents connected in real-time and a tablet-based app designed to allow pre-school setting staff to record child development milestones and link them to observations
  • Wholeschool Software - Provide School Self Evaluation software as a part of a National Contract in Northern Ireland. Design build and manage Integrated Website and Mobile applications that can provide parental engagement via push notifications.

Providing an Interactive Platform

Many of our companies have created interactive platforms that provide intimate access and control of learning resources.

  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • TakeTen - A stress control training app designed to manage stress and so improve performance by avoiding the negative biological effects of stress, anxiety, fear and other negative feelings.
  • BottleTop Media - Full integration between a website and a smartphone app designed to drive enrolment and provide real-time contact/parental engagement which is paperless and removes the need for SMS/text service.
  • Early Years App - A touch screen system, keeping nurseries and parents connected in real-time and a tablet-based app designed to allow pre-school setting staff to record child development milestones and link them to observations.
  • Edmin Student Support Portal - Edmin is an online community made up of professionals, students with additional needs or a disability and their parents. The portal is used to discuss and share best practice and engage with software and hardware vendors to keep up to date with the latest developments in assistive technology. For professionals such as SENCOs or DSA Needs Assessors working with students with additional needs, the portal has a number of specific private groups for them to engage with their peers.

Teachers often find it difficult to engage niche learners with mainstream published content. If a child has special educational needs or is simply a little ahead or behind his/her peers, there is very little a busy teacher can do. Our members are actively researching and offering solutions for personalised learning.

  • Boop - an accessible platform to support the learning and development of students with Special Educational Needs. Boop encourages positive collaboration between parents and educators.
  • Jetpack Learning - Jetpack’s “Game Changer” platform offers teachers the ability to build personalised game-based learning activities for their students.
  • TakeTen - A stress control training app designed to manage stress and so improve performance by avoiding the negative biological effects of stress, anxiety, fear and other negative feelings.
  • Wholeschool Software - A large scale Managed Service platform providing a range of Education ‘Line-of-Business’ applications. The platform is seamlessly integrated into the NI Education framework; C2K. Wholeschool's proprietary software solutions include School Development Planning, School Self Evaluation, Room Booking & Curriculum Mapping.

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