Korea’s IT household rush to roll out remote schooling solutions

2021.03.05 13:11:02 | 2021.03.05 13:11:29

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Remote schooling solutions gained traction in the year of Covid-19, with big tech companies in Korea all rushing with rollouts to fend multinationals like Zoom and Google off.

According to industry sources on Thursday, around 300 schools across Korea will employ KT Corp.’s online learning platform KT Edu in the first semester of the 2021 school year that opened in March.

KT Edu is an online-only class platform that enables class preparation to general management after class for both teachers and students. KT launched the platform after one year of development by forming a taskforce team and using all its key technical edge in artificial intelligence, big data and cloud.

KT plans to add more functions like class materials offering and subtitle servicing by its AI secretary GiGa Genie. It plans to widen the penetration in schools and private academies.

Internet giant Naver has added a video call option to Naver Band to connect up to 50 participants.

Since the support of remote learning last year, the number of newly opened Band classes exceeded 78,000 this year with a membership of 1.35 million users.

Kakao Corp. is leveraging on KakaoTalk chat platform that mostly all Koreans use to provide online classroom functions. By using the Live Talk function, a maximum of 40 participants can attend a virtual class. The in-app vote option can be used to check the attendance.

The electronic education market is estimated to reach $404 billion around the world by 2025, nearly doubling the size of last year, according to global education market data provider HolonIQ. Technology investment to apply augmented reality, virtual reality, AI and robotics to education also is expected to surge.

By Lee Dong-in, Lim Young-sin and Lee Ha-yeon

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