Adaptive print technology to support students in “cram schools”
TOKYO – (March 29, 2017) – Gakken Educational ICT Co., Ltd, part of Gakken Group and one of the most prestigious and long-standing Japanese educational companies, has partnered with Knewton, the world’s leading adaptive learning company, to bring adaptive instruction to students in grades 1-9 who are attending jukus, or specialized after school programs.
In the Japanese K-12 market, studying with pencil and paper is still highly valued. Leveraging Knewton’s leading-edge adaptive platform, Gakken Print DB utilizes Knewton’s recommendations and analytics to print out customized worksheets for individual students based on their educational progress. This personalized instruction will be deployed at jukus (also known as “cram schools”) across Japan, freeing up instructors to focus on students’ motivation and engagement.
Hiroaki Miyahara, CEO of Gakken Holdings, Co. Ltd. said, ”Gakken Group has been a leading educational company since established in 1946. We are excited to provide Gakken Print DB, which is a hybrid of historical pencil and paper learning and cutting-edge digital technology. It leverages a new personalized learning system for schools, cram schools, and home combining Gakken’s high-quality content and Knewton’s adaptive learning platform.”
Gakken Print DB will be available as part of Gakken’s G-PAPILS in April 2017. It will cover math, English, science, and social studies.
“We’re seeing the impact of Knewton’s adaptive learning around the world and Gakken Print DB allows more students to benefit from this technology,” said Ryan Prichard, Knewton’s acting CEO & President. “What’s truly exciting about our partnership with Gakken is that we will help students make the most of this extra time they are studying outside of normal school hours.”
Students attend cram schools in Japan from the early grades in elementary school through high school. The purpose is to ensure students know what is required for each phase of schooling, and to prepare for the entrance exams at the next school level. The ultimate level of entrance exam is university exam. Gakken believes in supporting this preparation and the Knewton-powered Gakken Print DB enables this.
Gakken has been serving Japanese students in the educational market for 70 years. Since its inception in 2008, Knewton has served more than 25 billion recommendations to over 13 million students in 20+ countries.
About Gakken Educational ICT Co.
Gakken Educational ICT was established on October 2014 as a Gakken Group company. By gathering the content, systems, and knowledge of Gakken Group, it provides Educational ICT services for schools, cram schools/classrooms, and homes who are looking to pursue the best way to foster the ability and mindset of learning for children, especially when there’s not a predefined “right answer.”
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, and Tokyo.
PR Office, Gakken Holdings Co. Ltd.