H2 Learning and The Academy of Code, both based at Dublin's Digital Hub, are supporting the global trend to blended and online learning as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

H2 Learning was one of the country's first professional services firms set up to integrate ICT into educational practice, while The Academy of Code specialises in teaching coding to young people. 

The two companies have both enhanced their services over the last number of months to accommodate the need for learning to take place virtually.

H2 Learning has expanded into the US market and recently delivered seven workshops to educators in Washington state on how to plan for the transition to a blend of learning between online and classroom.

The company has also delivered a range of workshops to the Association for Community and Comprehensive Schools in Ireland in recent weeks and is currently working with the Further Education Support Service and a number of Education and Training Boards to rollout out the TeachNimble Programme. 

The Academy of Code moved their summer 2020 courses to take place solely online once schools closed earlier in the year.

It delivered coding courses to more than 750 individual students entirely online in countries around the world, from the EU, the US and Qatar. 

The company now have plans to continue online delivery for the upcoming academic year, with 50% of courses taking place in a classroom setting and the remaining 50% being conducted online.

Fiach MacConghail, CEO of The Digital Hub, said the transition to blended learning practices continues at pace and educating online provides opportunities for flexibility, wider access and an enhanced learning experience.

"Technology companies in the education sector are key to this transition and it's encouraging to see the progress and growth of two Irish edtech companies in what are challenging times for the sector," Mr MacConghail said.

The Digital Hub is the largest cluster of digital companies in Ireland. 

Since 2003 hundreds of companies have progressed through its enterprise cluster and have gone on to create thousands of jobs in the Irish digital economy, among these companies are household names, including Slack, Stripe Amazon, Distilled Media Group (Daft.ie), Havok, Kavaleer, Square1 and Lincor.