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The student-focused online learning platform Glu (Global Learning Umbrella) has launched to provide a more collaborative educational experience for students, parents, teachers, and schools. Available on the App Store and Google Play, the innovative web-based app has been developed by a team of teachers and technical experts in the UAE, making it the first to create such an extensive global education ecosystem.

Thanks to its built-in reporting tools and interconnected structure, Glu facilitates open communication centred on the child, making it easier for everyone to interact. All parties can view and upload resources, provide feedback, and get a clear picture of past, current, and future skill development in real time.

Schools join based on an annual subscription for the number of students, giving them access to a future-proof solution tailor-made for their institution. As it is extremely user-friendly, they can onboard easily and the Glu team can handle any data migration required, as well as providing practical training. If the school is part of a wider group, they have the added value ability to share recorded lesson content with other schools in their network.

Some of Glu’s main features include:

• Recorded lesson content can be shared across students

• Interactive whiteboard for real-time lesson delivery and annotation

• 24/7 access to learning materials and support

• Facility to take registers, mark work, and post exam results

• Keep notes on student progress/behaviour as needed

• The messenger function lets all parties communicate in real-time

• CMS system conceptualised and developed by teachers

• Schools can build an individual database for every student and access invaluable information with one click

Ryan Williams, co-founder of Glu explains: “As people become increasingly familiar with digital learning, users are demanding a greater degree of customisation, especially in content, communication, and reporting. Our main goal is to create an individualised profile for all students to ensure they maximise their full potential. Glu is unique in its ability to connect all the dots for a truly collaborative online environment with 360-degree capabilities. Students can improve their grades and overcome obstacles with individual support, parents can track their child’s learning with ease, and teachers benefit from a streamlined process.

“As a parent and a former teacher, I know how challenging it is to keep on top of progress, often navigating between different platforms for different things. Glu makes everyone’s lives easier by combining everything you need for school life in one appealing app.”

Like most technology sectors, EdTech is growing fast - market value is estimated to grow 2.5 times from 2019 to 2025, reaching $404B in total global expenditure. What’s more, educational institutes that have integrated some form of EdTech significantly outperform their peers in inspection ratings and consumer satisfaction. Glu is currently exploring opportunities in other markets where there is significant demand for an efficient and inclusive digital learning tool.

The investor behind Glu is PPMG, a global investment company with a strong history of creating market-leading digital products across a wide range of sectors.