What's the cost to create an EdTech app in 2021problem-solving

10th November 2021


What's the cost to create an EdTech app in 2021problem-solving

EdTech apps are one of the apps that have seen a huge boom in the recent past. The best way to calculate the budget for your app in a holistic manner is to use our App Development Cost Calculator but what are the factors that you can keep in mind when working on an EdTech app?

Type of EdTech App

The problem that an EdTech App aims to solve is what determines what type of EdTech app it is. This further decides the kind and amount of tech integrations your product will require, thereby increasing or decreasing the cost. They are mainly divided into the following categories:

Immersive Tech

These apps use AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), and MR (a mixed reality that combines elements of AR and VR) to make learning more visually appealing and memorable. It can help in building critical thinking & analytical problem solving skills. It can also create an immersive experience to understand fiction and/or history. Also, this can help the students understand the fundamentals of science without the need for an actual laboratory present.

Coding and Technology

There are many apps that now teach coding especially to children. Teaching them at a young age ensures deeper understanding and knowledge of the subject. With the growing job market in the tech industry, the earlier you start, the better are your prospects and skill base. Thus, apps that teach coding are now extremely popular not only among children but also among adults who wish to change or add to their skill sets.

Learning Management System (LMS) & Student Information System (SIS)

These are enterprise software created with a focus on how an educational institution works. It keeps in mind the needs of the educators, students & administrative staff when being built to ensure a smooth run. It helps substantially by organizing all e-learning content in one place and giving easy access to all students. It becomes easier for parents & educators to mark & monitor the progress and performance of students. It reduces the need for extensive paperwork and increases transparency & access to processes all while reducing the chance of human error. Overall, it decreases operational costs and saves time for all parties involved.

Language Learning

Apps like Duolingo, Babbel, etc have been at the forefront of language learning for years. As tech evolved, their apps became the primary source of their user base since it’s the easiest way for them to access and learn. These apps offer many features which make them unique such as skill level-based learning and the flexibility to choose your level. They are usually gamified modules to make learning fun & interesting with in-depth progress reports to keep track of. These modules are available for access anytime, anywhere and sometimes even offline. They can also help gain insight into the cultural aspect behind the language by giving information and providing interaction with native speakers.

Early Childhood Learning

These are apps made for use by toddlers and young children who are in the early stages of learning. From visual to phonetic learning, these apps are made keeping a lot of scientific factors in mind which are essential for a child’s brain’s development. These apps usually come with different modules with kids of different ages and cover topics like colors, numbers, alphabets, spellings, nursery rhymes, storytime, etc. Parents can also track progress and interact with the app while their child learns.

STEM apps

These apps are strictly focused on STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics as core subjects. They are focused on teaching the concepts and problem-solving methods of these subjects with the aid of visual cues, AR & VR, video explanations, live classes, mock tests, etc. These are apps that usually are also very helpful in not just preparing for academic exams but also in preparing for entrance exams and such.

Online Courses

Apps like Coursera, Udemy, etc teach a diverse number of subjects and genres and cater to a very diversified audience. Thus while the apps are gamified, they have to be made keeping a very different user in mind since they are not primarily full-time students and can be full time employed professionals or people who are trying to upskill while at home for better job prospects or even learning for leisure.

Features of the EdTech App

EdTech apps have several features amongst others that make them unique for the problems that they aim to resolve. A few of those features include:

  • Live & recorded classes
  • Assignments and assessments Mock Tests
  • Optimized UI/UX Design
  • Privacy and security
  • Integration with LMS & SIS
  • Gamification
  • Option to monetize
  • Ease of use
  • Forums to discuss topics

Stakeholders in the Development Process

Once the goal is set, it’s time to work on the wireframe and write down the necessary features required. Then a UX designer will work on the final wireframe and a UI designer will work on the design optimization of every screen. At every stage of development, testing is a must. Once the design is finalised, the frontend and backend developers can start coding and building the app and test as they go. It’s imperative to work on a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) first to ensure you got the basics right before you move on to the extra added features. Once the product is ready to roll, constant rounds of feedback and edits are necessary for a seamless user experience.

Location of Developing Team

The cost of development sees a drastic change with the location and with globalization and tech advancements it’s very easy to work with a team sitting across the globe. Always pick a team that’s not only suitable fiscally but also skill-set wise and do not compromise on that.

Time duration of the Development Process

The whole planning & development process can take months to up to a year depending on the complexity of the app being developed, team size, turnaround time, etc. The more the tasks, the more will be the hours involved and thus the pay increases. However, cutting down on time by skipping crucial steps like testing and UI/UX optimisation is never advised.

Testing & upkeep of the EdTech App

A general maintenance budget should be maintained for the upkeep of the app. This involves things like updating content & graphics, fixing bugs, adding new features, testing, etc. The only way to ensure user loyalty is a seamless experience and the best way to do so is by ensuring the upkeep of the app is duly maintained.

EdTech apps not only have multiple stakeholders but also multiple user sets that need to be considered when creating the app. One should give importance to things like the UI/UX or technology being used for the best possible user experience & loyalty. For end-to-end expert mobile app development solutions, you can reach out to us at Valere and for an estimate of the budget, you can use our App Development Cost Calculator.


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