The technology awards for education, The BETT Awards, finalists were announced on Friday, with Kaligo being shortlisted in two categories for their AI digital handwriting app, Early Years Content and Educational Apps.
The BETT Awards are usually hosted at the BETT Show in London in January each year but delayed due to the pandemic and the winners will be announced in June.
Faisal Hamid, Director at Kaligo explains: “It’s wonderful for the Kaligo team to be recognised as a global leader in technology for schools. To reach the finals in two categories, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, just shows the hard work and dedication from our team this year. For the many schools now using Kaligo, they are already seeing the benefits, witnessing the improvements in outcomes, as well as the joy Kaligo brings to the pupils, particularly through remote learning, it’s really helping.”
Kaligo combines years of neuroscientific research with the latest AI technology and is a new tool that will help teachers highlight handwriting difficulties in a few minutes. Teachers choose their preferred handwriting scheme and either a pre-set lesson or set their own lesson for their pupils.
This new development is set to revolutionise how younger children learn the fundamentals of handwriting. Through Kaligo teachers can deliver the lesson, provide instant and individual interventions, as well as actively monitor the progress for every child in the class. All without adding to their workload.
Talking about Kaligo, the Kent ICT Champion of the Year, Matthew Tragheim said: “Kaligo provides instant feedback and children can hone their handwriting through their own choice – we can see progress as children have a passion for it. The instant feedback given through Kaligo has a huge impact on handwriting improvement. We’ve recently launched our impact trial which will help teachers see for the first time, concrete evidence of the positive impact of edTech in the classroom”
With Kaligo, pupils find handwriting more fun as the colourful and intuitive screens on tablets most pupils are already familiar with, making the task of handwriting more exciting. Kaligo then stores the data so teachers can easily monitor progress and provides teachers with the deep dive knowledge they need through its constant classroom assessment.
Approved by the DfE Hungry Little Minds campaign, Kaligo has also been recognised by many awards organisations, including the GESS Education Awards. Kaligo is a member of the National Handwriting Association and a member of the latest cohort of the UCL Educate programme.