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Education.com Acquires the KidsKnowIt Network

Two educational leaders join forces to champion children's learning

SAN MATEO, Calif. – October 1, 2018

Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their children succeed in school, announced its acquisition of the KidsKnowIt Network (KKI), a platform for learning resources including educational websites, activities, and more.

Founded in 1998 by Utah elementary school teacher Hiram Bertoch, KKI has grown from serving one classroom to attracting 6 million visitors a year worldwide. With thousands of fun, free, high-quality educational tools from websites and worksheets to videos and games, KKI’s interactive learning experiences have been engaging and inspiring kids for over 20 years.

The acquisition allows Education.com to take KKI's estimable legacy and build on it, leveraging the company's deep experience and excellent resources to fulfill a common goal of empowering educators and championing children’s education.

KKI’s 6 million teachers, parents, and homeschoolers will benefit from joining Education.com’s community of more than 70 million, gaining access to the platform’s vast and varied learning library, teaching resources, and much more.

“From a shared mission to nurture each child’s passion, curiosity, optimism, and educational success to a shared audience of dedicated parents, teachers, and homeschoolers, KKI just felt like the perfect fit for our business,” says Education.com Co-CEO Todd Schwartz. “This acquisition gives us exciting opportunities to grow, expanding the breadth of learning materials we offer and supporting even more educators and families.”

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

Over 18 million teachers and parents worldwide have joined Education.com since we launched our early learning platform in 2015. Our comprehensive curriculum covers core skills from kindergarten through year 6, across maths, Reading, Writing, ELA, Science, and more. Education.com is designed with flexibility, so it can be tailored to every child’s unique interests and needs. Parents and teachers can follow our guidance step-by-step, create their own curriculum, or deep-dive into specific areas with more than 30,000 games, worksheets, activities, and lessons.

 

Inspiring Students by Empowering Teachers

Education.com awards its first $10,000 Empowered Future Teacher Scholarship to aspiring educator Cassandra Krill 

SAN MATEO, Calif. – August 31, 2018

Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their children succeed in school, today announced the first recipient of its biannual Empowered Future Teachers Scholarship.

The $10,000 scholarship has been awarded to Cassandra Krill, an aspiring elementary school teacher in her sophomore year at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, to use toward her education. She’ll also receive an Education.com Lifetime Membership for herself, plus one to share with a fellow educator.

“Being the recipient of Education.com's Empowered Teachers Scholarship means that I can focus on my education and become a qualified, invested teacher for my future students,” Cassandra says. “It means I can access the resources to create a unique and interesting curriculum and connect with the exceptional, passionate teachers and advisors who work with Education.com. This scholarship will afford me the ability to put everything I have into my classroom and my students.”

Cassandra is the first recipient of Education.com's Empowered Teachers Scholarship, which will subsequently be awarded twice per year, with applications due January 1 and June 30. Applicants must be pursuing a teaching career and enrolled at an accredited college or university. Winners are selected based on their academic achievements and commitment to working in education.  

“Education.com’s mission is to champion children’s education, and that means championing aspiring teachers,” says Co-CEO Rich Yang. “We’re excited to partner with a talented future educator like Cassandra as she pursues her career, and and look forward to supporting many more teachers on their path to educate and inspire students.”

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

Over 17 million teachers and parents worldwide have joined Education.com since we launched our early learning platform in 2015. Our comprehensive curriculum covers core skills from kindergarten through year 6, across maths, Reading, Writing, ELA, Science, and more. Education.com is designed with flexibility, so it can be tailored to every child’s unique interests and needs. Parents and teachers can follow our guidance step-by-step, create their own curriculum, or deep-dive into specific areas with more than 30,000 games, worksheets, activities, and lessons.

For more information about the Empowered Future Teachers Scholarship, visit Https://www.education.com/scholarships/

A New Look for a New School Year

Education.com rebrands to reinforce its role as a champion of children’s education. 

SAN MATEO, Calif. – Friday, August 24, 2018

Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their children succeed in school, today announced exciting new company branding.

The new brand reflects Education.com’s evolution from a library of resources to an immersive learning experience that effectively unites teachers and parents in their shared goal of helping children become confident learners.  

“Our mission is to be a champion for children's education,” says Co-CEO Todd Schwartz. “To better do that, we’ve built an all-encompassing learning platform that empowers parents and teachers with award-winning resources and puts the child at the forefront of everything. The same skills a child practices in the classroom are the same they’ll see on Education.com.”

Education.com is already used in millions of classrooms, and with this evolution of brand strategy, Education.com becomes better able to support its distinct groups of users—parents, teachers, and children—and their unique needs.

For children, the company offers a safe and fun space to practise new skills. Seventeen million parents and teachers turn to the product to find guidance, inspiration, and trustworthy resources.

Education.com’s collection of resources has always covered core curriculum across every subject—maths, Reading, Writing, ELA, Science—and in conjunction with the rebranding, users can now easily find materials based on state and international standards; new interactive worksheets; new games within lessons for 3rd - 5th graders; English Language Learner resources; and thousands of new hands-on activities, worksheets, lesson plans, and more.

The rebranding was carefully designed to be a natural evolution of the company’s popular service and to delight its hundreds of thousands highly engaged Premium subscribers. The new brand includes a thoughtful redesign of the company’s website, logo, graphics, communications, and correspondence.

“With the announcement of this new chapter, Education.com reinforces its value to millions of parents and teachers by creating learning experiences that inspire passion, curiosity, and optimism,” says Co-CEO Rich Yang. “We’re more focused than ever on transforming a child’s challenges into their greatest strengths.”

ABOUT EDUCATION.COM

Over 17 million teachers and parents worldwide have joined Education.com since we launched our early learning platform in 2015. Our comprehensive curriculum covers core skills from kindergarten through year 6, across maths, Reading, Writing, ELA, Science, and more. Education.com is designed with flexibility, so it can be tailored to every child’s unique interests and needs. Parents and teachers can follow our guidance step-by-step, create their own curriculum, or deep-dive into specific areas with more than 30,000 games, worksheets, activities, and lessons.

To see the new brand, visit Https://www.education.com

Nearpod and Education.com Launch 300+ Digital Lessons Combining Research-Based Educational Design With Interactive Technology Like Virtual Reality

The interactive features on Nearpod’s platform enhance Education.com’s award-winning lessons to create digital, ready to teach resources for K-6 teachers

MIAMI – WEBWIRE – Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Nearpod, the platform helping schools and districts in their digital transformation, today announces the launch of 300 new lesson plans created with Education.com. The curriculum blends Education.com ’s industry-leading instructional design with Nearpod’s digital platform that adds interactive features, like virtual reality and 3D images. The K-6 lessons cover maths, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Life Skills and are available At this link.

Education.com is one of the fastest-growing digital learning platforms in the world. Over 14 million members—including 6 million teachers—utilize online learning games, apps and lessons, as well as hands-on activities, worksheets, and workbooks for pre-K through sixth-grade students. These resources are developed by educational experts, incorporate leading pedagogical practices, and support national education standards.

“It’s estimated that over half of the country’s school-age children now have access to devices in schools including laptops, tablets and smartphones,” explained Todd Schwartz, co-CEO and co-founder of Education.com. “Nearpod understands this growing adoption and is a powerful example of the right way to use technology, which allows Education.com and others to deliver lessons to students in modern and engaging ways"

Nearpod is optimizing Educations.com ’s high-quality educational resources for the 21st-century classroom by integrating them with interactive digital tools, like virtual reality, live chat and real-time quizzes, that are already used in 1 in 10 US schools. Now, K-6 teachers can more deeply engage with students as they teach maths, English language arts (ELA), science and social studies in two types of ready-to-reach digital lessons.

Here’s a look at what’s available:

  • Skill Builders 15-25 min lessons facilitate interactive practise and reinforcement of key skills previously taught; great for independent practise, for stations or differentiation or as a homework assignment
  • Full Lessons45-60 min lessons teach essential skills in an interactive way; great for whole group instruction or re-teaching in small group instruction

“Education.com established itself as an industry leader by providing valuable educational content to millions of students around the world,” explained Guido Kovalskys, CEO and co-founder of Nearpod. “Bringing together Education.com ’s content with our interactive teaching and learning tools is a huge win for the teachers, schools and districts that decide to partner with Nearpod as part of their digital transformation.”

The news comes after other notable expansions of Nearpod’s curriculum. The company recently launched digital lesson plans that use hip-hop songs as teaching tools in partnership with Flocabulary. Nearpod continues to grow its offering to address the needs of 21st-century classrooms with content on empathy-building from Teaching Tolerance and financial literacy from Next-Gen Personal Finance.

ABOUT NEARPOD

Nearpod is an award-winning education technology company focused on developing digital learning tools, virtual reality and interactive content across mobile devices that provides teachers an easy and efficient way to leverage technology in the classroom.

Nearpod was co-founded in 2012 by Felipe Sommer, Emiliano Abramzon and Guido Kovalskys, and its team spans talent from Mckinsey & Co, Red Hat, Accenture, Pixar, Netscape as well as former teachers. It is backed by notable investors like Insight Venture Partners, Reach Capital, Storm Ventures, the Knight Enterprise Fund, Krillion Ventures, Stanford-StartX Fund, Marc Benioff and GSV Acceleration.

Renaissance Announces Education.com as Renaissance Growth Alliance Partner

Collaboration between industry-leading providers creates a holistic view of student growth and performance

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (September 6, 2017) – Renaissance®, the leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics, announces Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, as the latest member of the Renaissance Growth Alliance. The collaboration will provide educators with more instructional options and a seamless journey to personalized learning for every student.

The Renaissance Growth Alliance partnership will include Education.com’s digital resources, tools, and learning materials for teachers to easily view and assign to students using Renaissance Flow 360—a new solution that supports personalized learning by connecting assessment, planning, instruction, and practise in one place. Education.com resources will be mapped to Renaissance’s learning progressions, which are tailored to each state’s standards, providing targeted instruction for each student. The integration also facilitates the ability for teachers to use Renaissance Flow 360 to track a complete view of student’s mastery of state standards and skill level at group or individual levels.

“Education.com offers a breadth of teacher-approved learning materials and resources for educators, which are easy to implement and scale in the classroom,” said Paula O’Gorman, senior vice president of strategic partnerships at Renaissance. “By integrating our Renaissance Star Assessments™ with these learning resources, educators will have access to the most time-efficient, effective assessment planning possible to drive classroom instruction. We’re proud to be able to team up with Education.com to offer educators a unique solution that allows them to choose content and plan and assign lessons in one place.”

The Renaissance Growth Alliance brings best-in-class instruction to Renaissance Flow 360, providing integrated solutions that span assessment, planning, instruction, and practise. This collaboration between instructional providers combines the impacts of individual solutions helping educators deliver targeted instruction to each of their students.

Education.com is one of the fastest-growing education technology businesses in the world. Over 13 million members—including 6 million teachers—utilize online learning games and lessons via apps as well as hands-on activities, worksheets, and workbooks for pre-K through fifth-grade students. These resources are developed by educational experts, incorporate leading pedagogical practices, and support national education standards.

“This integration delivers a tremendous amount of value for the educator in terms of time savings,” said Todd Schwartz, co-CEO and co-founder of Education.com. “By bringing together our powerful solutions, we’re able to fill gaps in planning to give time back to teachers so they can focus on creating successful learning outcomes in the classroom. The Renaissance Growth Alliance is a unique, educator-centric solution that supports our teacher members in their mission.”

For additional information on the Renaissance Growth Alliance, visit Https://www.renaissance.com/growth-alliance/

About Renaissance

Renaissance®Is the leader in pre-K–12 learning analytics—enabling teachers, curriculum creators, and educators to drive phenomenal student growth. Renaissance’s solutions help educators analyze, customize, and plan personalized learning paths for students, allowing time for what matters—creating energizing learning experiences in the classroom. Founded by parents, upheld by educators, and enriched by data scientists, Renaissance knows learning is a continual journey—from year to year and for a lifetime. Our data-driven, personalized solutions are currently used in over one-third of U.S. schools and more than 60 countries around the world. For more information, visit Www.renaissance.com.