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The global edtech and smart classroom market size was valued at USD 88.82 billion in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 101.64 billion in 2022 to USD 319.65 billion by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 17.8% during the forecast period. The global COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented and staggering, with experiencing moderate demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a rise of 10.0% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
The education sector has immense opportunity for growth today. It is a fast-evolving industry as institutes and learners have realized the value of a holistic learning environment and are continuously investing in it. As per the education intelligence provider HolonIQ, around 3% of total global education expenditure is allocated to digital infrastructure. It also states that digital transformation's significant potential is expected to reach USD 10 trillion by 2030, up from USD 6 trillion in 2018. This is likely to support the adoption of education technology and smart classroom solutions in the coming years.
Mobile Learning to Gain Traction Amid COVID-19
Innovators and governments invested billions of dollars in the education sector, enabling the edtech sector to gain pace during the pandemic. Online learning applications are becoming increasingly popular, with millions of users worldwide. Other types of educational technology, such as e-textbooks, curriculum management software, administration, and communication platforms, have improved their effectiveness. In addition, the price of education technology gadgets and the internet data required to use them has been reduced.
In addition, edtech and smart classroom solution providers, as well as other telecom companies and the government, have moved to ensure that low-income students can take online classes. For instance,
• In 2020, Telkomsel, an Indonesian cellular network operator, announced to provide 500,000 smartphones to kids and 30GB of free data per month to users of Ruangguru, a K-12 learning app.
• In 2020, Starhub, a Singapore-based telecommunications company, offered low-income students free broadband subscriptions, and the Ministry of Education distributed 3,300 pieces of equipment to low-income students.
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Social Distancing Prompts Stakeholders to Focus on Distance Learning Programs
Distance learning became one of the most significant developments in the edtech and smart classroom industries due to the closure of educational institutes during the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic has significantly changed the way information is taught and learned. Learners are transitioning to digital learning concepts via digital platforms as a result of social distancing norms. Despite the reopening of several educational institutions, the trend of distance learning is likely to continue over the next few years. As a result, the demand for online educational platforms is growing. Distance learning might take the form of a slide-based online activity or an online course that helps learners gain necessary skills.
Growing Investments in Education Sector to Spur Market Opportunities
The market size has shifted rapidly in recent years, owing to the widespread adoption of mobile technology and increased education spending. For instance, investments in VC-backed education firms increased in 2020, when USD 14.6 billion was committed globally. This is an increase from USD 7 billion in 2019. Articulate raised USD 1.5 billion for corporate training technology, while BYJU raised USD 460 million for K-12 individualized learning programs, extending the momentum into 2021. Similarly, education technology startups focused on skill development have received a bunch of costs. For instance, Roblox, an online gaming platform that teaches programming, raised USD 150 million in investment in February 2020. Such major investments and budgets are likely to drive the market growth during the projected period.
Reduced Costs of Internet Data and Online Learning Material to Accelerate the Market Growth
Increasing mobile penetration and the low cost of e-learning materials are seen as a game-changer in the education industry's growth. In terms of mobile and internet penetration, Europe, the U.S., and emerging countries lead the trend. Meanwhile, significant growth is expected from emerging markets, with mobile as an essential device for acquiring knowledge. Therefore, the market is anticipated to witness booming growth in the near future.
High Cost of Infrastructure and Lack of Technical Skills to Impede the EdTech and Smart Classroom Market Growth
Smart classroom infrastructure is expensive, such as smart equipment, including PCs, projectors, tablets, and various complex software. Furthermore, to stay up with software advancements and modifications, educational institutions may need to acquire a tech professional, which is an additional cost. The adoption of smart type of classroom solutions is likely to be hampered by such increased expenditures.
Mobile Learning Segment to Gain Traction Backed by Implementation of Online Learning Programs
Based on instructional aid, the market is classified into smart classroom and mobile learning.
The smart classroom segment is expected to account for a considerable share of the market. However, due to the ongoing closure of schools, universities, and other educational institutions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the worldwide smart classroom market is likely to experience a revenue decline.
In the coming years, mobile learning is likely to grow in popularity. To reduce the impact of the COVID-19 threat on the education system, governments have created online learning programs, tests, and distant learning programs for students as part of security measures. These factors are expected to increase the usage of mobile learning services, resulting in attractive prospects for market-leading players.
Ongoing Technological Advancements to Drive Interactive Whiteboards Segment
By smart classroom hardware, the market is segmented into interactive projectors, interactive whiteboards, and others.
The others segment includes interactive displays, tables, and audio systems. Interactive projectors are the most preferred solutions for classrooms & collaborative office meetings. Interactive whiteboards, also called smart boards, are expected to grow at a significant CAGR over the forecast period. The segment's growth is mainly attributed to the rising demand for e-learning and interactive learning among colleges and schools.
Learning Management Tools to Grow Immensely Stoked by Integration with AI
By educational tool, this market is divided into admission automation tools, administration tools, learning management tools, alumni management tools, placement management tools, library management tools, and others.
Learning management systems are predicted to grow at the fastest rate due to their integration with AI-enabled capabilities. The admission automation software industry is also expected to rise rapidly due to rising student enrolment around the world.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and corporate resource planning software are included in the Administration Software Solution (ERP). To successfully manage their routine operations, elite educational institutions use administration software solutions. The whole educational tool segment, including library management tools, alumni management tools, and placement management with integrated features is predicted to grow.
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High Investments and Funding to Contribute to Growth of Higher Education Segment
The market is divided into higher education, K-12, and kindergarten by end-user.
Higher education is likely to hold the majority of the market due to growing expenditures and funding for education technology. Learning management software is being used by K-12 students. The COVID-19 epidemic has also accelerated the adoption of edtech tools in the K-12 sector.
North America EdTech and Smart Classroom Market, 2021 (USD Billion)
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Geographically, the market is fragmented into five major regions, such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and South America.
The North American market share generates the most revenue and is rapidly growing as universities and institutions employ technologically upgraded solutions/services to provide meaningful training to their students. According to GSMA Intelligence, the number of mobile users in North America will approach 328 million by 2025. Furthermore, higher product acceptance would boost the virtual reality industry in the region.
Asia Pacific is expected to grow at a rapid pace during the forecast period. Government-led programs, such as government-funded literacy expansion projects in rural areas, are predicted to increase the demand for smart education in India, Japan, and Australia. For instance,
The European market is expected to grow at an exponential CAGR during the forecast period. The regional market's growth is mainly attributed to the wide adoption of e-learning solutions among universities and schools.
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In the coming years, the Middle East & Africa is expected to experience significant growth. This market is expected to be dominant in the region. During the projection period, South America is expected to increase moderately. In recent years, Brazil's private education sector has experienced substantial expansion.
New Market Expansion Through Partnership and Collaboration with Educational Institutes
Blackboard Inc., SMART Technologies, Amazon Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., and Google Inc. are strategically cooperating with educational institutes, higher education universities, government, and local schools around the world to provide enhanced education technology and smart classroom solutions. The companies are extending their global reach and expanding their business potential as a result of their relationship. For instance,
July 2020 – IBM announced a partnership with the Central Board of Secondary Education in India to provide artificial intelligence (AI) in the new curriculum. This is available and implemented in 13 states across 200 schools.
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The education technology and smart classroom market research report offer qualitative and quantitative insights into the product and an exhaustive analysis of market size & growth rate for all possible market segments. Along with this, the report comprises a detailed analysis of market dynamics, emerging trends, and the competitive landscape. The main insights included in the report are the trends in the adoption of individual segments, recent developments in the industry, such as mergers & acquisitions, integrated SWOT analysis of key players, alliances, Porter's five-force analysis, business strategies adopted by major players in the market, key industry trends, macro, and micro-economic indicators.
Value (USD billion)
By Instructional Aid, Smart Classroom Hardware, Educational Tool, End-user, and Geography
By Instructional Aid
By Smart Classroom Hardware
By Educational Tool
The market is projected to reach USD 319.65 billion by 2029.
In 2021, the market was valued at USD 88.82 billion.
The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 17.8% over the forecast period.
The mobile learning segment is expected to lead the market during the forecast period.
High capital funding and government initiatives are the key factors driving the market.
IBM Corporation, 2U Inc., Microsoft Corporation, and Blackboard Inc. are the global market players.
North America is expected to hold the highest market share.
Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit the highest growth rate during 2022-2029.
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