Educational technology (EdTech) is changing the way that students learn. Innovative EdTech solutions to gaps in learning allow teachers to adapt to the diverse learning styles of their students, support individualized attention in large class sizes, and meet demands for more stimulating education content.

As the demand for improved educational methods — from early education through professional development — continues to rise, education technology meets this demand, with solutions for the accumulation of both hard skills (such as coding) as well as soft skills (such as leadership development). These technologies increase the effectiveness of education for learners, while also improving the teaching experience for educators.

The current market size of this industry is valued at $254.80 billion worldwide and experts expect market growth to reach $404 billion by 2025. Israeli innovations play a significant role in the future of the EdTech market. Specifically, Israeli companies play a lead role in the areas of testing solutions, student engagement, – which includes gamification, digital classroom tools, and solutions for individuals with special needs – the STEM area, and online program management. Within the Israeli economy, there exist 280 companies to date in the EdTech sector, half of which are in the initial stage of development. Close to $1.5 million in investments have been made in this field.

The following are a few Israeli startups in the education technology space.

Annoto is a comprehensive engagement and analytics solution tailored and fully customized to educational institutions’ needs, shifting passive one-way content consumption (video and other learning objects) into an active group experience, enabling students to be active participants in their education. For example, it enables time-based comments and personal notes on top of a video, allowing you to collaborate with learners, ask questions, and provide feedback, all within the video content context. Instructors can glean valuable information on the learners to identify students at risk to assist their learning process.

Tomax has been creating cutting-edge digital solutions for higher education. The company specializes in the end-to-end management of the entire exam life cycle, empowering universities and colleges and other academic institutions to efficiently, effectively, and expertly prepare, manage, grade, review, control, and secure the exam process, from start to finish.

Cocohub.ai is a no-code, frictionless bot-building platform, for video, voice, and textual chatbots. Using proprietary technology and machine learning algorithms, we simplify the bot creation process by connecting using conversational components that accomplish a wide range of goals. Cocohub is the world’s first end-to-end solution where you create a video bot you can talk to, on various video conferencing platforms.

EZCheck.me is a mobile application that enables easy check-in for academic institutions, conferences, and professional training courses. The technology allows students or attendees to scan a QR code using their smartphone in order to mark attendance. This provides the institution with detailed attendance tracking while maintaining an extremely simple process for attendees.

SpeakingPal turns any mobile device into a personal English-speaking tutor. The advanced client-server platform provides high-quality English-Language-Learning speaking lessons. The user simply talks and SpeakingPal combines speech recognition technology with quality multimedia content to provide immediate feedback on the user’s English speaking performance, creating an engaging learning experience. SpeakingPal improves English communicative skills, and with them, students’ self-confidence in the language.

ExamPAL is a revolutionary methodology and AI-based technology that personalizes preparation for high-stakes standardized tests. The product provides the unparalleled interactive, entertaining, and personalized experience students should expect from online education in 2021. With over 25 years of experience in the test prep industry, the creators of examPAL offer students exactly what they need to excel on standardized tests.

Edusoft develops, customizes, and implements English language learning solutions worldwide. They bring computer-based learning to a realm of educational settings including classrooms, government offices, and corporate sectors. Its main product, English Discoveries, provides advanced, CEFR-aligned courses to users.

ClassE is a comprehensive e-learning platform that adapts schools, universities, and professional training centers to the 21st century. It’s a highly flexible end-to-end solution, built by experienced educators and e-learning pedagogues.

Proprep is an educational technology company that develops video content, including thousands of exercises, powered by a technology that customizes courses in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) according to the specific needs of university students and institutions of higher education.

Ann provides AI-based tools designed to seamlessly integrate with both digital and physical textbooks, as well as alternative kinds of learning platforms. The company’s technology allows educational publishers to personalize their content to their consumers, enabling them to increase student performance, collect meaningful consumer insights, and change the overall learning experience.

Sense Education has developed an artificial intelligence solution for finding patterns and providing personalized feedback on student assignments. Sense can increase the quality and detail of personalized feedback while drastically reducing grading time and providing greater accuracy and equity in grading. Its hybrid human-machine intelligence solution helps educators evaluate and provide feedback on open-ended assignments more efficiently and provides students with adaptive learning experiences through the use of artificial intelligence.

AppLyst is an app for managing college applications. Its personalized, preloaded task manager is designed to make the college application process easier to understand and more approachable. It assists users in filling out applications and helps them manage the entire process from start to finish.

Copyleaks is an online plagiarism checker that uses cloud-computing algorithms to find copies of users’ content across the internet in an effort to fight against copyright infringement. Plagiarism-detection searches can be filtered according to users’ needs and specifications, and the results are summarized in an easily accessible report. The company’s technology supports files in many languages and formats and uses an encrypted connection (SSL) to ensure that users’ content is secured.

OrCam Technologies has developed a wearable assistive technology device for people who are blind, visually impaired, or have reading or other disabilities. OrCam’s MyEye communicates visual information by utilizing a small, intuitive smart camera that is mounted on the wearer’s eyeglass frames and connects to a pocket-sized computer. MyEye instantly and discreetly reads any text printed on any surface through a tiny speaker positioned toward the user’s ear.