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Spotted: Inequalities were hugely exacerbated when many of the world’s education systems moved online in early 2020. While some schools were already prepared with virtual lessons and students with devices and internet connections readily available, many others struggled to get online and found it difficult to provide essential in-person interaction and support. Grade 12 student Sophia Joffe, from Toronto, Ontario, saw an opportunity amongst the chaos to provide a valuable service to students around the world.
Her online directory of virtual learning resources lists more than 300 sites and includes an emphasis on varied models of learning. Called eLearn.fyi, the website lists resources by grade level and subject area. During her research and build of the directory, Joffe prioritised platforms and materials that taught in ways that go beyond basic textbook content.
A mention in the New York Times greatly boosted interest in the site, with visitors from nearly 50 countries accessing the materials. Joffe believes that even after considerable international take-up of a COVID-19 vaccine, education will retain a significant component of online teaching and study, thus making eLearn.fyi an important resource for many years to come. Further development of the directory includes weekly highlights shared on social media and a newsletter.
As well as strengthening the online aspect of education, other innovations Springwise has spotted to be improving and adding to the learning experiences of students include a book subscription service focused on diverse characters and cultures and a modular classroom emphasising health through a mix of indoor and outdoor space.
Written by: Keely Khoury