For several years, observers of French education have noted a growing lack of interest in certain subjects taught in schools, particularly mathematics. France is even in last place in Europe in this discipline. And this despite the changes undertaken by the various ministers of national education.
Although there are French people who love mathematics, more and more of them are moving away from it. In 2021, after the implementation of the high school and matriculation reform, only 59% of final year students are still getting a math education… instead of 90% before. Something to worry parents who would like their children to do research.
Based on the principle that the joy of learning leads to academic success, a young entrepreneur from Strasbourg, Leila ANSELIN, created the startup “Schooltopia”: a fun online school that immerses teenagers in a fun story and helps them understand mathematics in a different way. ” Thanks to interactive stories, different characters and challenges to overcome, the student stays motivated and learns continuously. With Schooltopia, kids learn while having fun “explains the designer.
Learning while having fun without losing the seriousness of the subjects taught is the principle of this digital method that contributes to the development of children and adolescents.
” Lack of student engagement and boredom are often significant obstacles for teachers to overcome Leila ANSELIN continues. ” To remedy this, Schooltopia succeeds in engaging students through storytelling, interaction and gamification so that teaching is no longer a source of stress but a true way to thrive. “. And this is a small robot called “Toshi” who plays the role of a teacher and allows, thanks to his jokes, to interest the student and make him understand the concepts that he struggles to assimilate when he is in college or in high school .The characters used for this learning platform were not chosen by chance: their characteristics and attitudes correspond to the codes used by children and adolescents on a daily basis.
“Thanks to the variety of characters and the variety of stories, the teenager takes pleasure in learning”
A true gamified educational support platform, Schooltopia includes cross-curricular skills that the student needs to master: reading, understanding history, math lessons, etc. All adventures are designed by difficulty level, so each student can go at their own pace to acquire the necessary basics. With a gradual level of difficulty, each path is personalized and encourages the child to try to solve its content. ” Thanks to the variety of characters and the variety of stories, the teenager takes pleasure in learning adds the young entrepreneur.
All stories on the platform are prepared by teachers and all courses are based on national education programs. There is also content specifically designed to facilitate learning for students with dyslexia. A former science teacher herself, Leila ANSELIN taught for 10 years at home
Currently, only 6th to 3rd math courses are offered on the platform. But other courses will follow in the coming months. The official syllabus is available in the form of episodes, each containing 1 story, 2 lessons, 4 exercises and 2 MCQs. In addition, each lesson can be downloaded in PDF format.
It is now possible to test 3 full episodes for free and without obligation by signing up on the Schooltopia website. The annual subscription is available at a price of €99 for the first 100 subscribers, €119 for the following and €149 in September. With a pre-order until the end of the summer, users will have access to the episodes already released and the next ones at a bargain price.
Schooltopia is compatible with Mac, PC, Android and iOS and can be viewed on all types of media: PC, tablet and phone.
Founded in 2021, the Schooltopia startup is backed by LDE, the leading paper and digital school book seller in France, as well as the SEMIA incubator in Strasbourg. Funded by the Grand Est region and La French Tech, the startup has already received the “French Tech Seed” label and raised an initial funding of €220K in March 2022.