Online Education Services Become a Crucial Component Helping People Adapt to a New Reality During Pandemic

PR Newswire | August 20, 2020

Online Education Services Become a Crucial Component Helping People Adapt to a New Reality During Pandemic
As the pandemic continues to put a strain on the worldwide economy, one side effect is the sharp increase in online streaming content consumption. There is still uncertainty ahead, and it is unclear how soon society will get back to how things were before the pandemic. Yet, as millions of Americans adjust to working from home, new research from Comscore, evaluating media across platforms, shows engagement with streaming services and year-over-year in-home data usage have surged in the beginning of May 2020. According to the data, overall average in-home data consumption was up 33% during the first ten days of May 2020 compared to the first ten days of May 2019 (May 1-10, 2020 versus May 1-10, 2019). Another winner will be over-the-top (OTT) media services, such as those provided by Netflix or Hulu, with revenue forecast to be up 12%, equivalent to USD 6 Billion. Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HHT), Chegg, Inc. (NYSE: CHGG), Perdoceo Education Corporation (NASDAQ: PRDO), K12 Inc. (NYSE: LRN), New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU)

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E-learning is widely used by organizations worldwide to impart high quality training to their workforce. This online learning medium enables organizations to deliver training anytime, anywhere, in a convenient and affordable manner. E-learning evolves continuously to meet current business and learner demands.

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Google launched Read Along, an AI android app helping kids improve reading skills

Google | May 08, 2020

Google today launched Read Along, an Android app that taps AI and machine learning to help children learn to read. It’s now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese. Read Along comes preloaded with around 500 stories and interactive games within those stories, for which kids earn stars and badges as they learn. Google today launched Read Along, an Android app that taps AI and machine learning to help children learn to read by providing verbal and visual feedback. After first debuting in India, it’s now available in over 180 countries and in nine languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu. Preliminary research suggests that apps like Read Along could significantly improve children’s reading skills. A three-month pilot of Read Along’s predecessor — Bolo — in the Unnao district of India involving 1,500 children across 200 villages found that, compared with a control group, 39% of the app’s users reached the highest level of the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) reading assessment test and 64% saw an increase in scores. Moreover, 92% of parents said they noticed some improvement in their child’s skills. Read Along comes preloaded with around 500 stories and interactive games within those stories, for which kids earn stars and badges as they learn, practice, and progress. An in-app assistant called Diya demonstrates how to pronounce words and sentences and uses natural language processing to detect whether a student is struggling or successfully reading a passage, and it gives them positive and reinforcing feedback along the way. Within Read Along, parents can create profiles for multiple readers, who tap on their photo to learn at their pace and to track their individual progress. Learn more: BEST VR APPS AND GAMES TO HELP YOUR KIDS LEARN IN 2020 . “Read Along is easy to start and doesn’t require sign in. Even the voice data is analyzed in real time on the device so that it works offline and is not sent to any Google servers,” ” ~ Hyder said. The app personalizes kids’ experiences by recommending the difficulty level of stories and games based on their reading level performance. Read Along engineering lead Zohair Hyder notes that the app has no ads or in-app purchases and that it works without Wi-Fi or data. Parents need only connect it to the internet to download additional stories. . “Google teamed up with Disney and Penguin Random House for a read-along app that paired the latter’s Little Golden Books series with music and ambient sounds.” Read Along will continue to improve as we receive feedback from families, expanding the selection of books and adding more features.” The launch of Read Along follows that of narrated children’s stories on Google Assistant. Last April, Google brought Tell Me a Story, a Google Home smart speaker feature that reads aloud stories from popular franchises like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Blaze and the Monster Machines, to Android and iOS devices in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, and India. In a related development, in October 2018, Google teamed up with Disney and Penguin Random House for a read-along app that paired the latter’s Little Golden Books series with music and ambient sounds. With many students currently at home due to school closures, families around the globe are looking for ways to help children grow their reading skills. To support families, today we're sharing early access to Read Along by Google. It’s an Android app for children 5+ years old that helps them learn to read by giving verbal and visual feedback as they read stories out loud. Read Along was built with childrens' safety and privacy in mind, and has no ads or in-app purchases. And after the initial download of the app and stories, Read Along works offline without Wi-Fi or data—helping with worries about unsupervised access to the Internet. Learn more: GOOGLE LENS WORKING ON A STEP-BY-STEP MATH PROBLEM SOLVER .

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New Partnership with International Education Solutions Launches Pacific Prime

businesswire | January 11, 2021

Protection business Pacific Prime has declared their most recent association with International Education Solutions (IES), a supplier of inventive answers for global schools in the Asia Pacific district. Pacific Prime has given inclusion to more than 250 worldwide schools and instructive foundations internationally, acquiring specific ability in the area and an inside and out information on its danger scene. Neil Raymond, CEO and Founder of Pacific Prime, says: “Schools face a growing number of challenges in today’s post-pandemic world, which makes school risk management and insurance solutions a must. As such, we are very excited about working closely with IES and reaching a wider network of schools through them, as well as sharing our best practices.” Richard Gaskell, CEO and Co-Founder at IES, says: “IES came about through our re-imagining of what international education looks like in the post-pandemic era. Education is not going to go back to the way it was before the pandemic, and we need to evolve our thinking to support schools and parents with a range of blended solutions. We are very proud to have Pacific Prime as our insurance partner.” About Pacific Prime Pacific Prime is an award-winning health insurance broker and employee benefits specialist. The brokerage has grown to acquire a global presence over the last two decades, offering best-value insurance products and services to its individual and corporate clients. About IES International Education Solutions (IES) is a provider of B2B and B2C solutions for international schools. IES is part of the Canadian International Education Organisation (CIEO) group, which operates schools in China, Hong Kong and Thailand that serve more than 20,000 students.

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Investing in Rewarding Moments: Prodege acquires popular education-savings rewards business Upromise

prnewswire | June 02, 2020

Prodege, a leading online consumer-rewards platform, announced today that it has acquired Upromise, Inc., a leading college education-savings rewards business, from SLM Corporation (Sallie Mae). This acquisition furthers Prodege's mission to "Create Rewarding Moments" for its over 120 million registered members worldwide. Upromise provides unique opportunities for consumers to earn cash-back rewards for spending, shopping, dining out, and other activities, and then automatically deposit those rewards as contributions to any linked 529 Plan education savings account. Those contributions can be invested and will grow tax-free over the years, and then can be withdrawn tax-free for qualified education expenses, including tuition, fees, books and room, and board.

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E-learning is widely used by organizations worldwide to impart high quality training to their workforce. This online learning medium enables organizations to deliver training anytime, anywhere, in a convenient and affordable manner. E-learning evolves continuously to meet current business and learner demands.