Israel is know as the “startup nation” and that certainly extends to the field of education. In recent years, the educational technology industry in Israel has grown tremendously and there are more than 100 Israeli EdTech startups creating technologies to enhance the way learning happens in today’s digital and hyper-connected world.
Back in March, The DigitalJLearning Network team had a chance to meet with a group of these Israeli EdTech companies. All the companies are part of MindCET, Israel’s leading accelerator for independent EdTech startups. In honor of Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, we thought we would share some of the incredible innovation coming out of these Israeli companies. We will also offer up some suggestions on how you might use the technology to enhance the learning experiences in your classroom.
Triventy is a free game platform where teachers and students can design their own quiz games. Students can participate using a smartphone while the game is displayed on a larger screen in the classroom. We got to play some Triventy games, and I can officially say that they very engaging! Teachers can invite students to quizzes via email or Google Classroom. Triventy has more than 5,000 games in the online library that you can explore, or you and your students can use the simple game editor to create and collaborate on your own games. And there’s awesome news for Judaic Studies teachers - Triventy supports Hebrew. Your students can design quizzes for their classmates to take or you can make formative assessment much more fun by using Triventy during whole-class learning.
MathodiX is a free, adaptive learning platform for math that evaluates not only the final answers but also each step of a student’s work. If a student makes a mistake in the first step of a problem, but then continues to solve the rest correctly based on that step, the system will show exactly where the error is. This helps students and teachers distinguish problems in understanding the material from silly mistakes and allows for more targeted practice. Students can practice their math skills using MathodiX on a computer or an iPad, and this flexibility makes the platform a great addition to blended learning classroom rotation groups. You could introduce a math concept to the whole class, then have some students complete practice questions on MathodiX while you’re working with a small group of students. The team at MathodiX has plans to include more a more robust feedback system and a hints structure for students so they can learn more effectively from their mistakes and improve their understanding of math concepts. This tool is awesome, and after seeing how it works, I felt like if I had had it when I was in school, I actually might have loved math!
eMaze is online presentation software that enables students to create visual experiences. You can embed just about anything into an eMaze presentation, making the possibilities nearly limitless. eMaze also fosters collaboration. It is cloud-based, so students can all work on one presentation at the same time. The platform also supports all languages, so a presentation in one language can be easily translated into another. In your classroom, eMaze could support your students in the creation of a digital portfolio of work from the year, or students could demonstrate their understanding of a lesson by creating and collaborating with peers on a presentation.
CodeMonkey is an educational game where students can learn to code using a real programming language. As the saying goes, students “write code. Catch bananas. Save the world.” Designed for game-based learning, CodeMonkey starts students out with the basics of coding and then increases in complexity. The screen is divided into two sections with all the code on one side and the animation happening on the stage on the other. The best part about CodeMonkey is that the code is real and the game is real. Students will be able to see the real results from their coding efforts in the game, and then they’ll be able to understand how coding works elsewhere. The game is a great way for you to introduce your class to the basics of computer science, and once students complete more difficult challenges in the game, they can even move on to coding their own games for their peers to play.
It was amazing to have the opportunity to meet Israeli educational technology professionals and see their innovations first-hand. If Israel’s history is any indication, there are many incredible technologies still to come. In fact, the first international Israel EdTech Summit will be taking place in early June this year. We are excited to see what’s in store for the future of Israeli EdTech and how startups like Triventy, MathodiX, eMaze, and CodeMonkey will continue to transform the way students learn around the world.
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