Three Ways We're Advancing Educational Technology in 2015 and Beyond
Published August 5, 2015
Innovation, collaboration, and conversation around learning science are helping improve technology quality and access for the world's teachers and learners.
Summer is starting to wind down, and for millions of parents, students and teachers back-to-school season is already underway. So far in 2015 we've done several important things to purposefully apply our knowledge of learning science. We’ve revamped our leading ed-tech platforms, joined forces with some of the leading organizations in education and technology, and been a key contributor in the world-wide learning innovation conversation
Here's a look at some of the things we've already done this year to help improve future educational outcomes through technology for the world's teachers and students.
We've made our leading educational solutions more personalized, accessible, and flexible.
In July we released updates to SRA Open Court Reading and FLEX Literacy with adaptive technology and support for special education classrooms. This spring we introduced a re-engineered and tablet-friendly version of the ALEKS adaptive learning platform and launched Connect Master -- a personalized, complete course solution for college students and instructors. We also added games and adaptive learning technology to Building Blocks -- our leading K-3 supplemental math program. Our Common Core High School Equivalency series of test preparation materials can now be accessed offline and is fully available for native Spanish speakers. In March we released a mobile-first version of McGraw-Hill Connect; a digital learning platform that now includes anytime/anywhere access to the Connect Insights student dashboard. In January at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) we debuted a new version of our SmartBook adaptive reading platform, providing students with access to learning resources at the precise moment of need.
We're forging new collaborations throughout the educational technology industry.
In 2015 we've kicked off several strategic collaborations to improve our ability to create and deliver market-leading educational solutions and content. Just last month we initiated a partnership and strategic investment in Busuu -- the world's leading language learning network. During 2015 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference we announced our "Classroom-in-a-Box" collaboration with Samsung to give schools a cost-effective hardware and software option for implementing one-to-one digital learning programs. Earlier this year we announced a commitment to standards-based open learning and the development of compound learning objects by joining forces with Microsoft and the NYU ePolytechnical School of Engineering. We've also teamed-up with Cerego -- a leading memory management tool provider -- to create a more lively and engaging adaptive learning experience for K-12 students studying world languages.
We're active contributors to the worldwide digital learning conversation. At the 2015 TransformingEDU summit David Levin gave a keynote on the future of mobility and open platforms, and during the ASU+GSV Summit he announced our new strategic vision to give educators the power to build personalized learning experiences. David was also a panelist on a discussion about the future of micro-credentialing at the 2015 Goldman Sachs Global Education Conference. After the opening keynote of ISTE our School Group president, Christine Willig, joined Tom Murray of the Alliance for Excellent Education and dozens of educators for a live chat about the Future Ready Schools initiative. Our Chief Digital Officer, Stephen Laster, took-over @Mheducation on Twitter during this year's SxSWedu for a discussion on new challenges and opportunities in K-12 ed-tech. Throughout the year our Digital Platform Group has been involved in hackathons, meetups, and activities to build lasting relationships with the open technology and data science communities.