A local company has won a prestigious education technology award.
The EdTech Awards are described as the largest and most competitive recognition programme in all of education technology.
It involves a number of varied categories to celebrate and recognise people in and around education for significant contributions in “transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere”.
Pakuranga-based Kai’s Education’s product, Kai’s Clan, (Times, Dec 21) was one of 15 winners in District Administration (DA) and Future of Education Technology’s (FETC) Top Ed Tech Products of the Year contest, a prestigious award within the education sector in the USA.
There were more than 130 submissions with the winners been chosen from a panel of experts.
The contest spotlights the “most innovative new solutions on the market that are helping school leaders meet the ever-evolving education technology needs of their districts and schools”.
Kai’s Clan encourages cross-curricular and collaborative learning, digitally and physically. It was founded with the aim of merging these two worlds to become an interactive learning playground with the goal to nurture an interest for coding in children.
The kit, Kai’s collaborative learning platform, teaches coding and robotics where students can create robot avatars and import them into Kai’s Clan. Then they can be viewed in AR/VR (augmented and virtual reality).
Education manager Ronel Schodt says that Kai’s Education is very excited to be a winner of the Top EdTech product.
“To receive such an honour and to stand with the likes of Lego Robotics shows that Kai’s Clan is a premium education resource for teachers,” Schodt says.
“We cannot wait to see Kai’s Clan in every classroom, empowering students to be engaged in coding, AR/VR and learning how to use sensors in an easy way”.
The collaborative aspect, DA wrote, of this tool makes it real-world learning that engages students.
The winners of Product of the Year will be featured during the in-person FETC Conference today and tomorrow in Orlando. Kai’s Education will be launching their latest robot, KaiBot, at the conference.