Learning in a classroom has changed drastically over the years, from writing on a chalkboard to now typing on a tablet or drawing on a SMART board, it is clear that the times are changing toward digital education. Technology is constantly being developed to enhance education not only for students but for educators as well, resulting in a dynamic working environment. For instance, tablets are equipped with educational software and used in classrooms as a different way of learning new subjects interactively. According to Statista, predictions show that by 2022, the worldwide e-learning market will be over 243 billion U.S. dollars.

Toronto is at the epicenter of both education and technology with the city being a central hub for students, learning, and creativity. Since we are a mobile app development agency and we’re always looking for innovation out there, we took a look at the most revolutionary education app startups in Toronto. Here are the top 8 emerging companies which help build effective studying habits, empower students to succeed in their learning, provide expert tutoring and help educators to evaluate and connect with students to the best of their abilities.

1. OneClass: Helping you Study and Improve Grades

According to the team: “When it comes to studying, there never seems to be enough time. Lucky for the 150 million college students in the world, OneClass exists for you. With an extensive library of exam study guides, lecture notes and video tutorials created by top students, you can quickly find what you need when you need it. There’s a reason why 90% of all students who use OneClass get better grades. OneClass started out as a mission to put students first. Every day, OneClass saves thousands of students hours from filtering through unrelated and outdated content from the web. Since 2010, our ultimate goal has been to deliver study resources that are immediately useful and relevant to any knowledge seeker on our platform.”

Size: 51-200 employees
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2. Rayku: Convenient Online Math Tutoring

According to the team: “Rayku delivers world-class online tutoring to the masses using an innovative model. By combining curated and pre-created learning materials with live online tutoring, students achieve better academic outcomes, at a third of the price, with the convenience of online. All Rayku tutors are certified teachers with 10+ years of math teaching success. Your child can learn from the comfort of your home, without having to travel each week.”

Size: 1-10 employees
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3. Crowdmark: Digital Grading Platform for Teachers

According to the team: “Crowdmark is a collaborative online grading platform that enables educators to evaluate assessments more effectively than ever before. Stored securely in the cloud, individuals and teams can grade and review student work anywhere, anytime. Learning outcomes are improved through rich, timely feedback and grading performance is enhanced by advanced analytics. Research has shown that Crowdmark cuts teacher grading time by up to 70%. Assessments can be returned to students, with rich feedback, with one click. Designed with the user in mind, Crowdmark is easy to use right from the start. With an intuitive modern interface and simple workflow, onboarding of new users is painless. It is a solution built by educators for educators. Crowdmark provides data visualizations of student performance for each question. Gaps in learning achievement can be identified through analysis of this data leading to improved student outcomes.”

Size: 1-10 employees
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4. EssayJack: Structuring Essays One Step at a Time

According to the team: “EssayJack is an interactive, cloud-based web platform that pre-structures student essays with tips, prompts, and sentence starters, allows for educator customization and feedback, and offers group management features. EssayJack makes writing essays easier for students; EssayJack makes teaching essays easier for educators. We work with channel partners in k-12 and higher education and sell directly to tutoring and test preparation services.”

Size: 1-10 employees
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5. Wize: Learn at Your Own Pace

According to the team: “Wize is an all-in-one education platform offering instant online access to university course tutorials, exam-prep sessions, and expert tutors. This cutting-edge platform delivers a seamless learning experience stocked with all the tools needed to help students reach their full academic potential. Wize supercharges the learning experience allowing students to take their understanding of their course material to new heights. Taught by expert instructors and tailored to a specific class at a specific university, Wize provides students with the flexibility to learn at their own pace at any time and from anywhere. Whether a student falls behind, wants to get ahead or just needs more time with difficult concepts, with Wize – it’s just one click away.”

Size-11-50 employees
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6. Every1Games: Assisting Autistic Youth After High School

According to the team: “Every1Games is building a network of support helping autistic and neurodivergent youth develop the social, professional and technical skills required to succeed in life after high school while producing quality talent for the growing interactive digital media industry. Through collaborative programs, events, and services and by promoting the social model of disabilities that consider we are all born with different brains, in the same way, we are all born with different bodies, races and genders, we are building an autism-friendly future, where infrastructure and employment consider the needs of everyone.”

Size: 1-10 employees
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7. KiraTalent: Personalizing the Admissions Experience

According to the team: “Kira Talent is the world’s only holistic admissions solution designed for higher education. Founded in 2012, Kira transforms the admissions process by combining on-demand, timed video and timed written assessments with existing admissions requirements. Kira works with more than 300 programs worldwide to build applicant-first assessments that identify and select their best-fit students. The current higher education admissions process is too one-dimensional and doesn’t allow applicants to tell their story. Excellent students are missed by admissions teams every year because of their test scores and transcripts, even if they have a great deal to contribute to the classroom. That’s why we built Kira.”

Size: 11-50 employees
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8. Top Hat: Interactive Tools for University Instructors

According to the team: “Top Hat’s student engagement software enhances the course experience by motivating students to learn, participate and ultimately master the content you teach. Spark discussions, integrate videos and graphics, even customize full interactive textbooks to suit the needs of your course, all within an easy-to-use interface. Top Hat’s built-in assessment activities enable professors to effectively gauge understanding or misconceptions, even before class starts. Get real-time feedback on student progress—so you can course-correct on the fly.

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