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The most unique Edtech company?

Is Open Door the most unique Edtech company? 

While everyone is trying to help children score better marks in exams, there is one company that has taken an audacious step. Open Door is helping children become better thinkers.

Instead of working to serve the demands of the market, Open Door decided to ask itself: what kind of children will be successful in the future? 

Open Door realized that children who learn to think deeply, to ask questions tend to become adults who are more curious, creative and critical-thinkers.

Open Door realised early on that the school system focused more on exams and marks but had limitations in providing in-depth exploration of a concept. In other words, many children were scoring good marks but not learning much. Open Door believes that if children focus on learning, then marks are often a by-product. But, if children focus on scoring high marks, then learning is always sacrificed. 

What does Open Door do?

Open Door offers programs to both – schools and individual parents – which have beautiful questions at its core. Open Door's programs to schools are called Mastery Assessments and Thinking Classroom. Open Door's programs to individual parents are called Unbox and Thinksheets.

Open Door uses questions like ‘Will an alarm clock work in space?’, ‘How would the world be if Sun gave out blue light?’ to make children think. These questions may make children uncomfortable for a second but it always makes them realise something new in the process. Open Door believes that this discomfort is crucial in learning.

That’s why Open Door’s programs work on the philosophy of asking questions and allowing children the time to think on their own. 

What makes Open Door unique?

Open Door is a unique company in many ways: 

1. Putting 'Ed' before 'Tech' in 'Edtech': Open Door does not fall into the trap of making learning fun and easy. Instead of force-fitting cool technologies like AI/VR in learning, Open Door first thinks of how children learn & then asks itself if 'tech' is even necessary. For example - one of Open Door's product Thinking Classroom has maximum 'ed' but 0 'tech'. Open Door has made questions a powerful learning tool. Questions may not look attractive but can be more powerful than a 100 lectures. 

2. Learning leads to good grades: Parents want a secure future for their children and they believe that this can be achieved when their children to have a better score in their report card. But, educationists are supposed to know better. They should know that learning leads to good grades. But, excessive focus on only grades can do permanent damage to the thinking habits of a child. That’s why Open Door focuses on learning as learning should be – full of thinking and exploration. 

3. Open Door team has a strong academic foundation: The founders started off as teachers and do not look at education sector as a money-minting opportunity. Open Door would like to make a significant change in thinking habits of children across the world and while building an organisation that lives for a hundred years.  The people who became the early members of Open Door team is also aligned with the vision of making children deep thinkers.

Open Door’s impact so far 

Open Door programs have had a considerable impact on both teachers and students in the school so far. 

Impact on teachers:  

According to school leaders and teachers themselves: 

  • There has been an improvement in classroom teaching. There is more questioning and dialogue in classrooms. Teachers have also been making better lesson plans. 
  • Better appreciation of science and math concepts. Open Door’s questions have helped teachers see regular concepts in a new light. 
  • More confidence in their own teaching due to an improvement in their students 

Impact on students: 

  • An average of 10% improvement in the understanding of core concepts 
  • More willingness to improve and learn 
  • Started seeing concepts in a completely new light 

 

 

 

WritTEN BY

Aneesh Bangia

Aneesh Bangia is the co-founder of Open Door. He writes about the past, present and future of education.

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