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Tech for Good Spotlight: Sumdog
What is Sumdog?
Sumdog is an online numeracy and literacy learning service that adapts to each child in order to motivate them and build their confidence. It is widely recognised as an important digital aid for teachers and a powerful asset for the education sector.
As one of the 11,200 technology businesses in Scotland, Sumdog is also an innovative, digital business that has contributed to the tech economy – worth an estimated £6.5 billion.
Andrew Hall, Sumdog CEO
In Conversation with: Sumdog
What problem are you solving?
Governments around the world recognise the attainment gap as a serious problem. We believe that every child has the potential to achieve, but some are more confident than others. We’ve designed Sumdog to engage all pupils – especially those who haven’t found learning easy. By motivating pupils, we build them into confident learners, and help make sure there are no gaps in their learning.
Where did it all begin?
In 2010, when observing secondary school pupils in maths lessons, I was shocked to see that some pupils passed through primary education without learning basic numeracy skills such as counting up in twos (2, 4, 6…). A few months later we pivoted the company to create a product that engages even the most disenchanted learner.
This is your life’s work. How do you cultivate that passion in others?
It’s important to have a clear mission and to ensure that everyone we hire believes in that mission. It’s also key that decision making is driven by our mission and it is not just seen as window dressing.
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