Paper | March 15, 2023
On March 14, 2023, Paper, the education support system (ESS), announced the acquisition of Readlee to address the literacy crisis. It would use Readlee's innovative learning tool, artificial intelligence and speech recognition technology to improve learners' reading skills.
According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress report, about one-third of 4th and 8th graders cannot read the basic achievement level, which is the test's lowest level. The National Center for Education Statistics data shows that about 34% of American high school students graduate with reading proficiency. Unfortunately, this proficiency decreases further to 18% for recent graduates. This data shows that the literary crisis has become a systemic issue, and there is a flaw in the current educational approach.
Master teachers collaborated with Harvard researchers to design Readlee for better learning outcomes, and it would become 'Paper Reading' after complete integration into Paper's ESS. This tool will listen to students' reading, give real-time feedback with individualized support, and measure their success. With AI and speech recognition, it approaches reading through learning science, showing that reading aloud improves vocabulary, memory, and confidence. It aims to support students throughout their academic journey and after graduation.
Co-Founder and CEO of Paper, Philip Cutler said, "This acquisition reflects our commitment to providing the academic support that empowers students throughout every stage of their learning journey. Improving literacy proficiency is an essential component of our mission, and we believe research-backed technology and repeated practice are the keys to addressing the mounting literacy crisis." He added, "We are excited to join our forces and aligned missions to have an even bigger impact on students. Our teams are already working together to change the future of education. Our mission is to help create a world where everyone has the ability to read, learn, and become a success."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Paper, an e-learning solutions provider, offers services for personalized learning, tutoring, essay review, academic and student support, homework help, teacher support, remote education, teacher assistants, and virtual tutoring. It develops confidence in every student with its educational support system. It serves over 3 million students from different school districts across the United States and Canada. It provides individualized support to every learner to solve their problems and discover different ways of learning. It helps teachers and administrators review student activity and track their progress with its data-driven insights and metrics. It instantly connects students with tutors for support in their tests and assignments.
YouScience | February 21, 2023
YouScience®, an educational management services provider, has recently launched its new education-to-career platform called YouScience® Brightpath, connecting technology, academic relevance, and engagement. It will help educators and students to plan for personalized individual education and career success.
This new solution will solve the skills gap crisis for employers and students, assisting learners in a successful academic and career life journey. It utilizes extensive research and a proprietary artificial intelligence engine for student engagement, innovation, personalized learning, and career enhancement. It improves diversity, equity and inclusion outcomes and graduation rates. It inspires student engagement for in-depth education, providing customized guidance for each student. It designs career and technical education CTE programs for many students at a time. It quantifies learning outcomes with industry-recognized certificates, showcasing learning relevance with education and industry. Finally, it enhances student enrollment and active participation in post-secondary education.
It helps students to discover their natural talents and understand themselves better through those talents. It introduces them to various educational opportunities in trade, vocational, and technical schools, colleges, and universities with industry certifications that align with their aptitudes and majors. This feature will increase college enrollments and pass-outs. It allows students, counselors, and school personnel to come together to select the right course. It provides certifications in more than 200 studies. It provides access to local, regional, and national employers willing to offer internships, apprenticeships, and jobs as per their choice.
Founder and CEO of YouScience, Edson Barton said, "We constantly hear from students and educators alike that there is a missing link in education. That missing link is the connection between the classroom and the real world." He added, "Our mission is to empower everyone to find intentional, individual success. YouScience® Brightpath is a first-of-its-kind solution that uses decades of proven data and advanced AI to help students discover, prove, and pursue their passion, their path, and their purpose."
(Source – Cision PR Newswire)
Headquartered in American Fork, Utah, YouScience, an education management company, has offering solutions for talent assessment, career development and planning, ability assessment, psychometrics, career counseling and management, and job analysis. It strives for equal educational opportunity for all learners. It helps them demonstrate and discover their interests, skills, aptitudes, and knowledge. It aligns those personality elements with purpose-driven education and career opportunities through authentic research, artificial intelligence, and industry inputs. Additionally, it connects learners, parents, educators, and counselors to support teaching and career success.
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Discovery Education | January 20, 2023
On January 19, 2023, 3M and Discovery Education announced the launch of the Young Scientist Challenge Alumni Network and Alumni Grants Program. As a part of the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the initiative will support prior participants and future science leaders.
The annual 3M Young Scientist Challenge, the country's premier middle school science competition, invites kids in grades 5 to 8 to compete for a grand prize of $25,000, mentorship with a 3M scientist, and the title of "America's Top Young Scientist." In addition, the new Alumni Network and Alumni Grants Program provides past participants networking opportunities, events, resources, and financial support for ongoing science projects.
The 3M Young Scientist Challenge Alumni Network gathers a growing community of mentors and former challenge finalists to interact, celebrate, and promote innovations. America's Top Young Scientists have given TED Talks, filed patents, founded nonprofits, made to the Forbes' 30 Under 30 list, rung the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, and shown their work at the White House Science Fair. These young innovators have been featured in Forbes, The New York Times Magazine, and Business Insider, as well as national television shows.
Each year, the Alumni Grants will award a total of $25,000 grant money to ten different alumni in three different areas:
Continuation of 3M Young Scientist Challenge Project - This will support alumni who want to continue developing the project they initially developed 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Three alumni are eligible to receive $5,000 annually.
New Idea to Improve the World - This area of funding would be available to assist projects that alumni might be working on, which are different from their initial 3M Young Scientist Challenge innovation. Two alumni can receive $2,500 annually.
Science in Your Community - Funding can be used to assist alumni initiatives, community enrichment and community engagement projects. Five alumni receive $1,000 annually.
About Discovery Education
Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Discovery Education is a global leader in ed-tech with a state-of-the-art platform to facilitate learning. Its standards-based digital content for grades K-12 redefines teaching and learning by providing award-winning multimedia content, digital textbooks, professional development, and the largest professional learning community of its type. The company serves over 4.5 million educators and 45 million students globally, with its resources available in more than 100 countries and territories.