NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In another step toward personalizing learning in K-12 classrooms, McGraw-Hill Education today announced an exclusive licensing agreement with educational innovator Time To Know to develop an all-digital, data-driven differentiated teaching and learning platform for one-to-one computing classrooms. This partnership will combine McGraw-Hill Education's proven content and educational services with Time To Know's unique digital teaching platform to create an engaging, purely digital personalized educational environment for each student while keeping the teacher at the center of the classroom. By partnering with McGraw-Hill Education, Time To Know – whose platform has been shown to increase students' academic achievement and standardized test scores in pilots in Grand Prairie, Texas and New York City – will expand its presence and reach in the United States.
Time To Know transforms the classroom by leveraging technology to empower teachers with the digital content and tools that they need to be effective and successful in improving student performance. Time To Know gives teachers access to comprehensive core content that progresses through a research-based learning cycle of teacher-led exploration, student experimentation, and class discussion followed by differentiated and guided practice and application for each student. At the core of the online program is a virtual "dashboard" that gives teachers a real-time view of each student's progress on assignments. This information enables teachers to differentiate instruction as soon as they need to and reach struggling students through personal intervention and digital resources before they fall behind.
Time To Know also uses technology to engage students through animations, hands-on exploration of key concepts through widgets and applets, and personalized practice and periodic assessment that leads to mastery. This unique type of instruction fosters engagement and active student involvement, which leads to deeper conceptual understanding of the material, and supports the Common Core State Standards' goal of developing critical, high-order thinking in students.
"The promise of digital education is to create the type of personalized learning experience that today's teachers want to give their students but don't always have the time or resources to provide," said Dan Caton, president, McGraw-Hill School Education. "Time To Know has years of experience developing educational technologies for the one-to-one computing classroom and will be a valued partner. This platform, which is designed to increase teacher effectiveness and the quality of instruction, stands out because it keeps teachers at the center of the program and gives them unprecedented control over the personalization of lessons. When this superior technology is combined with McGraw-Hill Education's trusted content, the result will drive exceptional student achievement."
McGraw-Hill Education's Time To Know solution will be introduced for Grades 4-5 math and English Language Arts classes this fall. McGraw-Hill Education and Time To Know plan to expand their partnership to include Grades 6-8 math in the next year. All programs will be fully aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Team members from McGraw-Hill Education and Time To Know will work collaboratively on product development, sales and customer support activities.
"We've always recognized McGraw-Hill Education as a leader in curriculum and content development and instructional design that engages students and personalizes their learning," said Dr. Yosi Ben-Dov, vice chairman, Time To Know. "We're excited to join our experience in educational technology development with McGraw-Hill Education's world-class brand, market reach and know-how as we grow in the U.S. market."
In order to ensure that educators make a successful transformation in their classroom, Time To Know and McGraw-Hill Education will provide substantial professional development resources through instructional coaches that will conduct in-class observations and training sessions in order to increase teacher effectiveness and transform the classroom.
About McGraw-Hill Education
McGraw-Hill Education is a content, software and services-based education company that draws on its more than 100 years of educational expertise to offer solutions which improve learning outcomes around the world. McGraw-Hill is the adaptive education technology leader with the vision for creating a highly personalized learning experience that prepares students of all ages for the world that awaits. The company has offices across North America, India, China, Europe, the Middle East and South America, and makes its learning solutions available in more than 65 languages. For additional information, visit www.mheducation.com.
About Time To Know
The Digital Teaching Platform from Time To Know is a complete cloud-based learning and teaching solution including core curriculum. In addition to the Digital Teaching Platform, Time To Know includes comprehensive professional learning and technology support to maximize teacher effectiveness and student achievement. The Time To Know math and language arts curriculum is fully aligned to the Common Core Standards as well as the New York State and Texas standards. Time To Know is implemented in 150 classrooms in Texas and New York, with additional international installations. It is also used in New York City's Innovation Zone (iZone) program. For more information, please visit www.timetoknow.com or call 888.559.6560.
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SOURCE McGraw-Hill Education