Revealed: The 50 people, projects and products shaping the UK's ed tech

The Edtech 50 celebrates the work of the education technology sector in the UK, and shines a spotlight on those pioneering a new future in education through technology

Kate Parker

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In 2017, we saw innovative, creative and exciting educational technology transform teaching and learning throughout the UK's schools. 

From vlogging teachers to student wellbeing apps to an interactive book experience, schools, companies and technologists have pushed classrooms into the future and provided pupils with new tools for learning, interacting and living. 

And today, the Edtech 50 celebrates them. 

The list, published by Edtech UK in partnership with Jisc, shines a spotlight those who have helped to shape the dynamic education technology sector in the past year. 

Included are Women EdTech, Tes FE Awards winner Basingstoke College of Technology and maths teacher and times-table enthusiast Bruno Ready

Also named were Global Teacher Prize finalist Colin Hegarty; Sam Chaudhary, co-founder of the popular communication app ClassDojo; and the ImOKayApp, which has helped thousands of pupils by providing real-life stories about sexuality and gender, simple definitions and support services.

Ed tech 'can transform lives'

Jisc CEO Paul Feldman said: "When done right, ed tech has the potential to transform lives for the better, helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their full potential, and helping us to build the digital skills base that will be so critical to the UK’s global competitiveness in the years to come.

"The Edtech 50 show us how education technology can be a catalytic force for digital innovation in teaching and learning in partnership and collaboration with teachers and learners." 

Education secretary Damian Hinds said: "Technology offers educators a wealth of opportunities to support effective and proven teaching practices, as well as increased support for themselves, their institutions and their students. However, we know it can sometimes be difficult to implement new technology or gain access to the evidence and equipment educators need.

"The benefits of digital technology are often seen as innovation that only digital experts can achieve, but that shouldn’t be the case. This is why the sector must come together to support this change. I welcome this new initiative to highlight and celebrate many of the people, products and projects that have most impacted education."

Ty Goddard, director of Edtech UK, said: “The Edtech50 has been chosen from a mixture of public nominations and the insight of our judging panel. It has been a challenging and exciting process. 

“The Edtech50 helps us all celebrate a wonderful sector, whilst recognising the benefits of education technology, and acknowledging the economic advantages of the growing edtech sector to the whole UK economy.”

The EdTech 50 was compiled by public nomination and the insight of the judging panel. 

The judges included: ICT evangelist Mark Anderson; learning technology apprentice at Basingstoke College of Technology, Sky Caves; entrepreneur and investor Sherry Coutu; director of education at Microsoft UK, Ian Fordham; principal of Portsmouth College, Steve Frampton; director at the Education Foundation, Ty Goddard; Jisc's futurist, Martin Hamilton; headteacher Claire Price; entrepreneur and investor Dan Sandhu; programme director for digital schoolhouse at UKIE, Shahneila Saeed; teacher Bukky Yusuf; and IT director Peter O’Rourke. 

The Edtech 50 


1. Naimish Gohil (@Team_Satchel)

2. Vikki Liogier (@vikkiliogier

3. Sam Chaudhary (@samchaudhary_

4. Duncan Wilson (@Classcharts)

5. Martin McKay (@texthelp)

6. Dr Ross Parry (@rossparry)

7. Bethany Koby (@bethanykoby)

8. Vivi Friedgut @ViviFriedgut

9. Maths x5

10. Katy Potts @katypotts

11. James Kieft @james_kieft 

12. Paul Rose @YouTeachMe

13. Funders – six of the best

14. Melissa Highton

15. Laura Paterson (@SCi_TechEDU)

16. Bertie Hubbard (@Bertie_Hubbard/@MyTutor

17. Educators



18. SpyQuest @SpyQuest (pictured)

19. Mindful Education

20. Night Zookeeper @nightzookeeper

21. SAM Labs STEAM Kit

22. now>press>play 

23. Curiscope @curiscope

24. Clicker7 Crick Software @Cricksoft

25. Raspberry Pi Zero

26. VEO @VEO_app

27. Micro:bit

28. FutureLearn @FutureLearn

29. Firefly

30. Kano

31. GIS 4 Schools Esri UK (@GIS4Schools)

32. Little Bridge

33. Kortext

34. Minecraft Edu

35. E-cadets Ltd Products

36. Reading & Writing



37. Basingstoke College of Technology (@BCoT) (pictured)

38. The Shirelands Team, Smethwick, West Midlands (@ShirelandCA/ @ShirelandTP)

39. ImOKApp and project

40. Flipped Learning/Online Resource, HELM Open

41. Coding for the Future: Five exceptional and far-sighted coding related projects:

42. Women Edtech (@WomenEd_Tech)

43. Edtech Podcast @PodcastEdtech

44. Power of the network/s

45. Glow Programme, Scotland

46. National Digital Learning Council, Wales

47. London Grid for Learning

48. Blended Learning Consortium / Heart of Worcestershire College

49. Pioneering imaginative employability approaches

50. Developing digital skills: Four exceptional computing and digital skills initiatives

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Kate Parker

Kate Parker is a schools and colleges content producer.

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