COVID-19: NI EdTech companies provide free resources

COVID-19 has had a devasting effect on education in Northern Ireland. In response, NI EdTech members from across the region have pulled together a suite of free resources and software trials designed to help local schools and families.

Speaking on behalf of the network, Frank McGonagle of WholeSchool Software said:

“As a group it’s been really heartening to see so much hard work – from teachers, parents and students themselves – going into maintaining student learning at a very difficult time. Working in education we all know how quickly everyone has had to adapt and it’s certainly not easy. So we wanted to help by giving local schools and families special access to some of our products, services and resources.”

The group was established with support from Invest Northern Ireland through its Collaborative Growth Programme. Niall Casey, Director of Skills and Competitiveness at Invest NI, said:

“Northern Ireland is at the forefront of education technology and NI EdTech is readily responding to the current challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are delighted to have supported the group through our Collaborative Growth Programme, helping it to bring its innovative technologies to the education sector’s new ways of teaching. By working collectively, it is bringing inspiring learning tools to those in education and helping to establish a new daily routine in homes and schools across Northern Ireland.”

NI EdTech has also released a short video on the “Top Ten Tips for Children Learning at Home”. The video was produced by network member Learning Mole and addresses challenges like balancing screen time, keeping physically active and creating a schedule for young learners.

A full list of available resources released by the group can be found in the official press release: