2021 just ended and we have experienced a lot.

Best EdTech start-up in the German-speaking region
For us, 2021 was the year of awards. It stared with the Comenius seal, followed by “The seal of approval for learning apps” from the Ministry of Education, the finals of the HR Awards 2021 and the victory in the German-speaking finals of the Global EdTech Startups Awards. Puls24, the Brutkasten and Tagesschau reported these achievements (in German).

Finalists of the HR Award
Yes, HR Award. Human Resources. eSquirrel is not just suitable for school, but also for onboarding and further training of employees in companies. Instead of acorns, employees collect croissants in bakeries or travel suitcases in airports. With eSquirrel, everyone can learn in a sustainable and entertaining way.

Your lifelong learning companion
In 2021, we made a big step closer to our vision of making eSquirrel a learning companion for life. From primary school to secondary school, university, but also for your new job or to better remember the content of your favourite books you read in your free time: With eSquirrel you can learn everything.

Our mission for 2022
Our mission for 2022 is to broaden our offered content, to become active in more countries, and to continue to incorporate your feedback to remain the best learning platform in the German-speaking world.

eSquirrel is much more than just an LMS!
As an eSquirrel user, you surely know that. eSquirrel is not a normal “learning platform”, not a boring LMS. We are a “Learning Experience Platform” (LXP). When we started in 2015, we didn’t know this word ourselves. We only knew that digital-based learning and teaching has to be better than a mere administration of test results. Learning and teaching must be an experience, a fascination. We will stand for this in 2022 as well.

I wish you a happy new year, 2022! Even if it won’t always be easy, please know that we are always there for you as a reliable partner.

Best regards
Dr. Michael Maurer for the eSquirrel team

One of the most popular features in the teacher’s portal is giving homework online with one click and evaluating it directly. But not only do teachers benefit from this feature: students can also complete their homework digitally and from anywhere. As soon as a teacher gives a homework assignment, students receive a notification on their smartphones.

This is how you give homework online:

In the teacher’s portal, click on the respective course or book in which you would like to give a homework assignment. Under “Content, Homework” you will find the table of content (and all the answers to the questions). Next to the quest, you will find an hourglass. Use it to give the homework. When you click on it, a calendar appears where you can set the deadline – and voilà, your students receive a push message on their smartphone.

Doing homework

Students receive a notification on their smartphones when a new homework assignment is posted. Next to the quest, they will also see the hourglass. The symbols have the following meanings:

Correct homework and evaluate it with one click

Under “Content, Homework” you can keep track of how many students have already completed their homework. For a more detailed evaluation, click on the linked number. Here you will now see a list of all students, the achieved acorns, and the levels. On the far right, you will also see the respective status of the homework.

Create your own courses

If you want to write and teach with your own learning materials, you can write your own course with eSquirrel. With the author’s tool, you can create your own content free of charge and without ads. You just need to sign in, switch to the author’s tool and start writing your course. Create as many chapters with quests and questions as you like. Publish it and create a new class in your teacher’s portal. To learn more, check out our step-by-step guide.

Closed schools aren’t just taking a toll on teachers and students right now. Parents also struggle with encouraging their children to repeat the content. Distance learning is the word of the day, but the reality is often different. You can find out how to create a school day for your child at home.

Set fixed times

The same applies for children as for parents who currently work from home. There should be a clear boundary between work and personal life. Set times with your child to study. Do not forget the breaks! Make a schedule like your child knows from school. Thus, there is also enough time to play and exercise.

Set up a dedicated workstation

If you can get your child his own desk – great! If not, choose a place where your child can put their school supplies and where they will learn. Again, it’s important to set boundaries so your child can switch off when leaving this place.

Praise successes, support with weaknesses

Let your child work out tasks on their own – don’t fall into the pattern of wanting to help your child every step of the way. Together with the child and teachers, determine goals that can be achieved. (For secure communication between teachers and parents, Schoolfox is a great option, which has made its offer available free of charge until the summer vacations).
Your child will encounter successes, but also failures. Praise the successes and try to support when difficulties arise, by no means take over the tasks.

Use digital teaching tools

Digital teaching tools have become essential. In addition, use our platform to motivate your child to repeat and deepen the learning content.

Digitizing your corporate culture starts with training. Let us walk this path together.

With eSquirrel you get your new employees on board efficiently and on a long-term basis. With a quiz app tailored to your individual onboarding needs, newcomers can be integrated into your company faster and better. Long-serving employees also benefit from special and mobile-optimized training opportunities.

Onboarding & training: Motivating, long-term and reliable.

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