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9 Essential EdTech Themes for WordPress in 2021

July 16, 2021
Sonakshi Agarwal
Marketing Specialist @ AtomChat
6 min read

Today’s classrooms have gone beyond the traditional chalk and blackboard teaching-learning strategy to create a more inclusive, engaging, and personalized learning experience. Modern-day teaching resources are tech-infused with interactive online learning courses, tablets, and a host of other multimedia. One such contemporary and innovative teaching-learning strategy is Edtech - a blend of two terms, ‘education’ and ‘technology.’ Edtech or education technology combines educational practices and IT tools aimed at easing and enhancing learning experiences. The emergence and popularity of Edtech sites have facilitated learning and helped students, teachers, educators, and educational institutions alike. 

But, where should you look if you want to start your Edtech site? Well, WordPress has been a reliable preference when it comes to creating intuitive and robust websites. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best WordPress education themes to help you get started.

1. Eduma

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Eduma is a multipurpose and complete WordPress education theme designed for LMS, educational web, training centers, college, university, kindergarten, school, etc. Eduma uses LearnPress, the number one WordPress LMS plugin, and offers a host of learner-friendly designs, personalization options, SEO capabilities, and much more!


Some Theme Highlights:


• Complimentary premium LearnPress add-ons such as Content Drip, Sorting Choice Question Type, Random Quiz, WooCommerce integration, Authorize.Net integration

• Fully compatible with Elementor drag and drop website builder 

• Broad theme customization options including headers, footers, page titles, blogs, courses

• Tools for post types and elements

• Premium shortcodes and widgets for dynamic content styling, design, and layout creation



2. Masterstudy

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Masterstudy is a comprehensive WordPress education theme and a complete LMS solution for online educational services. With highly functional features for customizing lessons, courses, quizzes, a user-friendly interface, and online sales management, Masterstudy is tailor-made to meet the demands of the learning industry.


Some Theme Highlights:


• Transparent, no code, and convenient front-end course builder

• Fast and effortless website creation with Elementor page builder

• Simple, efficient, and user-oriented LMS backend management

• Three lesson variations (text, slides, video), quizzes, questions, assignments, course bundles, and content drip feature

• Zoom video conferencing, live lesson streaming, drag and drop certificate builder



3. WPLMS

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With a feature-rich platform that works for both WordPress and the web, WPLMS is a fast and secure LMS with one app for students, instructors, administrators, parents, schools, and corporates. It is an enterprise-grade Learning Management System packed with over 100 features, runs without the internet, and seamlessly works on the web, mobiles, desktops, and tablets on Android, iOS, Windows, and Samsung.

Some Theme Highlights:


• Learning experience: AI-powered gamification module to motivate learners, custom learning paths, Zoom, Microsoft, Jitsi, and BigBlueButton meet integration

• Learning management: Non-techy instructor-friendly course creation, learners’ activity tracking, evaluation, and remarks, reports generator, unlimited question banks

• Marketing and sales: Course selling, supports over 300 payment gateways, instructor commissions, email marketing

• Extensions: Calendars, article base, marketplace, blogs, integration with GDrive, OneBox, and DropBox

• Integration with third-party services like WooCommerce, EDD, Mailchimp, and more.



4. Smarty

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The ideal WordPress theme for kindergarten, school, university, and education business, Smarty is built-in with the Masterstudy LMS plugin. Integration with the Masterstudy LMS plugin confers several benefits for both educators and learners and creates an e-learning environment of value. Moreover, the functional LMS plugin lets educators create useful online courses and sell them to the right audience. Smarty is super responsive and works great on any device.


Some Theme Highlights:


• Three footer layouts, four-color presets, full or boxed layout, and extensive media support for adding YouTube/Vimeo videos, podcasts, photos

• User-friendly and comprehensive course builder, interactive lesson formats (text, video, slides), advanced quizzes 

• Points Reward System and gamification tools to keep learners motivated, certificates and badges

• Integration with Google Classroom, Zoom Video Conferencing, live streaming of lessons

• Fast and intuitive drag and drop page builder, SEO optimized, real-time preview WordPress customizer



5. Fable

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Specially designed for preschool, kindergarten, nursery, child care, and other child-related ventures, Fable is a visually impressive WordPress education theme. Clean, colorful, feature-rich, and well-structured, the Fable theme is ideal for projects and endeavors that focus on toddlers and their growing activities. Get your website up and running using the pre-made templates offered by Fable or go ahead and create your page with the efficient drag and drop builder option.


Some Theme Highlights:


• Mobile-friendly and retina-ready responsive layout with abundant theme customization options

• Comes with Slider Revolution Responsive WordPress plugin 

• Timetable Responsive Schedule plugin for WordPress for creating activity schedules, lesson plans, and courses

• Theme demo data installer for one-click import of theme demo pages, widgets, posts, and theme settings

• WooCommerce integration


6. Ed School

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One of the most responsive and functional themes to run an online school, right from kindergarten to high school, Ed School is the WordPress theme to choose if you want to host online classes that are modernly designed and have a creative flair to them. 

The theme is also easy to integrate and does not require any prior programming knowledge. It can be dragged and dropped to your WordPress website and in minutes, you can start conducting your classes online.


Some Theme Highlights:


• Premium Plugins pre-built to help the theme function in a seamless manner

• Sensei Courses included making teaching fun and interactive

• Two Powerful Homepage Demos pre-installed which can be tweaked to align with your online school

• Teacher Widget integrated for better information and understanding of the tutors available

• Event Plugin Widget pre-installed to help maintain timetables and class reminders


7. Clever Course

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Clever Course is the WordPress theme to invest in if you want to build an online edtech marketplace. 

The theme allows you to create and sell online courses and also host online quizzes and lessons. The addition of the modern and responsive design makes Clever Course highly functional and a great theme to host your online courses on.


Some Theme Highlights:


• Payment methods such as PayPal, Stripe, PayMill integrated to make giving and receiving of course fees easy

• Course Curriculum can now be shared on the website to maintain transparency in teaching

• Course Badges and Certificates can be shared to help students track their progress

• Student Backend is available to check course results and retake quizzes

• Course Rating is available to help students make the right choice and teachers with gaining new pupils


8. University

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If you need a feature-rich but easy-to-use WordPress theme to host your online courses, University is the theme for you! A highly customizable theme, with drag and drop options, University makes it easy to build an online edtech website that aligns with your aesthetics.


Some Theme Highlights:


• 7 Homepage demos to choose from to build your website

• bbPress compatible for a more responsive UI

• WooCommerce integration

• Real-Time translation ready to help reach a wider set of students

• Event Management Ready to manage and create timetables


9. Skilled

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Developed to create and sell courses online, Skilled has been crafted to make the hosting of online courses easy and quick.

With Gamification features integrated to help increase interaction and better the user experience, Skilled is easily one of the most interactive and creatively designed themes in the edtech market.

 

Some Theme Highlights:


• Highly Responsive and Modern Design 

• Sensei Courses and Functionality included

• 9 pre-built demos to make your website easy to set up and use

• WooCommerce integration to make payments easy

• Call to action banners included making the site more user friendly



In conclusion

Edtech sites are indispensable in the current educational scenario. The COVID-19 pandemic has repeatedly underlined the need and utility of online educational resources to maintain the continuity of learning when everything else is uncertain. What was earlier considered to be a supplement to classroom teaching has now become a necessity. It is not entirely wrong to say that such a mode of teaching and learning is here to stay.

Be it educational startups or established businesses, WordPress has been the go-to choice for building professional Edtech sites. You can choose from any of the education WordPress themes listed above or explore on your own. Either way, know your requirements and check out a demo before you seal the deal.


Sonakshi Agarwal

Sonakshi is a marketing specialist at AtomChat, who has just graduated with a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Technology, Sydney.

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