Partnership will bring personalized learning products to high schools
TOKYO – August 6, 2015 – Knewton has announced a partnership with Classi to provide adaptive learning solutions to Japanese public schools. Classi is a joint venture of Benesse, the largest education publisher in Japan, and renowned Japanese telecom company SoftBank. Knewton will power Classi’s digital courses to help high school students get a more personalized learning experience.
“Knewton technology understands each student’s unique strengths and areas to develop and will help individuals move ahead as efficiently as possible within Classi,” said Masaki Yamazaki, CEO of Classi. “With SoftBank’s technical expertise, Benesse’s unparalleled experience in education, and Knewton’s adaptive learning engine, we will help Japanese students excel and better support teachers.”
More than 120 Japanese high schools are using Classi. By integrating with Knewton, Classi will enable teachers to assign adaptive practice materials for high school math students.
In addition to learning content from Benesse, one of the largest education publishers in the world, Classi will feature contents from other major Japanese textbook publishers including Gakken Education Publishing Co., Ltd., KIRIHARA SHOTEN K.K., Suken Publishing Co., Ltd., Syobun Shuppan Co., Ltd., and Yamakawa Shuppansha, Ltd.
Knewton continuously identifies strengths, weaknesses, and learning patterns and recommends what content to study next. Teachers can set goals and maintain full control of the learning process, while Knewton provides continuously updated recommendations for what each student should practice next. Knewton is the most well known adaptive learning technology, embedded in products from more than 20 major publishers around the world.
“Japan’s education system has long been a pioneer in personalizing non-digital educational content and experiences,” said Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton. “Now with Classi, Softbank, and Benesse, we’re building more personalized digital learning materials as well. This is a first for the Japanese market, and we’re excited to align with some of the most innovative companies in education in Japan.”
The partnership marks Knewton’s second major partnership in Asia and its first in Japan. Classi joins a growing list of global publishers, universities, and schools in 20 countries around the world partnering with Knewton to personalize digital courses.
With Knewton, every student gets a more personal learning experience. Teachers, schools, and education companies around the world use Knewton to power digital course materials that dynamically adapt to each student’s unique needs. Knewton provides students with tailored recommendations for exactly what to study, teachers with analytics to better support each student, and publishers with content insights to develop more effective digital products.
Knewton was founded in 2008 and has offices in New York City, London, São Paulo, and Tokyo.
Classi Corp. is a joint venture of SoftBank Group and Benesse Holdings. Classi provides a cloud based learning support service for tablets, smartphones and PCs to help teachers give students a range of learning supports. It has various applications that can be used to monitor grade information by parents and to check ranking of active time on homework for the purposes of face-to-face tutoring and home study. For 2015 school year, over 120 junior high and high schools use Classi platform nationwide.
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