Klein said News Corp. aims to be a major provider of educational services and said the U.S. education market exceeds $600 billion annually.
He said that school districts spend money on computers, connectivity, textbooks, and professional development and hoped that Amplify would be among the things schools spend money on.
“If we have the impact that I hope we’ll have, people will find room in their budgets to support the work,” he said.
Amplify is organized around three key areas of business that aim to raise student achievement through 21st-century products and services, the company says:
• Amplify Insight. This segment of the business focuses on educational analytics and formative assessment through the services delivered by Wireless Generation. Its products help teachers and administrators assess learning progress throughout the year, differentiate instruction, and adapt curricula to meet individual students’ needs.
• Amplify Learning. Amplify is creating new digital curricula that “reinvent teaching and learning,” the company says, beginning with English language arts, science, and math. These new classroom-based products, which will combine interactive experiences with analytics that align with the Common Core State Standards, and will be driven by adaptive technologies that respond to individual students’ needs as they evolve, are being developed by a team at Wireless Generation along with partners such as the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley.
• Amplify Access. In collaboration with AT&T, the company will offer a tablet-based platform, which bundles curricular and extracurricular content with sophisticated analytic capabilities and 4G connectivity to facilitate personalized instruction and enable anywhere, anytime learning.
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