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February 3, 2016updated 04 Sep 2016 10:37pm

Stephen Fry launches educational tech startup to stamp out general ignorance

News: Pindex is an online platform geared towards teachers.

By Ellie Burns

For many avid QI watchers, Stephen Fry’s knowledge of the classical to the bizarre is unrivalled, with the former quiz master now channelling his passion for learning into a new online platform.

Dubbed Pindex, the online platform was borne from Fry’s co-founders, a teacher and a parent, who were both frustrated with the lack of engaging materials in schools.

Geared towards teachers and professors, Pindex is a pinboard for learning, enabling users to collect and share educational material. The aim is to ease the pressure on teachers to make every topic engaging, instead providing a pinboard for inspiration and ideas.

Teachers and professors can curate material for their classes on public boards – making them available to other educators around the world. Automatically-marked quizzes enable teachers to set assignments without creating extra work for themselves.

Launched today, the online platform made its debut with a raft of curated and original material on topics from the LHC and the Hyperloop to atoms and energy.

"At a time when it is easy to lose faith in an online world that seems to centre around trolling, bullying, hating, trivialising and belittling, it is worth remembering the incredible power of the internet to inform and educate, lucidly and entertainingly," said Stephen Fry.

"We’d like to welcome teachers, professors and anyone with a passion to share the most engaging and captivating material at – a new pinboard for learning. There’s a growing catalogue of original videos and infographics – initially on science and technology topics – from the LHC and the Hyperloop to atoms and energy. We’d also like to help universities inspire more people – they are warmly welcomed to get in touch and collaborate with us on future material." he said.

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Pindex aims to cover as many US and UK school topics as possible, initially starting with science, as well as general interest topics such as the colonisation of mars.

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