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Education.com Celebrates Industry Recognition, Accelerated Growth and Adoption
Honored with Prestigious 2017 Teachers' Choice Award for the Family
Surpasses 10 Million Members and 70 Percent Year-Over-Year Growth; Parent and Teacher Adoption Driven by Changing Edtech Landscape
SAN MATEO, Calif. – October 19, 2016 – Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, today celebrated new milestones that continue the company's tremendous growth, industry recognition for innovation, and success in shaping early education. Education.com surpassed 10 million parent and teacher members, including 4 million in the past year alone, and its subscription-based revenue grew at over 70 percent year-over-year. It also received a 2017 Learning Magazing Teachers' Choice Award for the Family, recognized by teacher parents as a top tool for at-home learning.
“At the heart of education, children need to develop foundational math and reading skills to succeed in school. All kids – and the parents and teachers trying to help them – struggle with these core skills at some level,” said Rich Yang, co-CEO, Education.com. “We are proud of the strong adoption of Education.com’s math and reading platform by millions of parents and teachers who partner with us to help their children build a strong foundation for early school success.”
"The educational landscape is changing, and Education.com is ahead of the curve. They recognize important, emerging trends in ed tech and are driving strong customer growth,” said Dr. Michael Kwatinetz, founding general partner, Azure Capital. “What also sets them apart is their ability to translate strong customer adoption into revenue. The ability to monetize a large audience allows Education.com to keep investing in new content and tools that further enhance the benefit to their users. Therefore, we believe they will be a winner in the highly fragmented, growing category of educational technology.”
Momentum Driven by Accelerating Edtech Trends
Education.com’s milestones and achievements are fueled by the company’s ability to lead and capitalize on the changing edtech landscape across the elementary school ecosystem and understand the larger edtech trends that are having a massive impact, inside and outside the classroom:
Consumerization: Historically, edtech adoption has been more ‘tops down’ than ‘bottoms up.’ Education.com uniquely serves it’s 5 million parents and 5 million teachers directly. Education.com’s ‘bottoms up’ growth, therefore, underscores the rise in the voice, involvement, and influence of parents and teachers. As they become more technologically savvy, parents and teachers are bringing their preferences, research, and discoveries into the classroom and home. This creates a shift from a district-driven purchase decision to one heavily influenced by direct teacher and parent stakeholders.
• Monetization: With education being largely a public enterprise, monetization has been the biggest challenge for edtech companies. Driven by record amounts of investor funding, most edtech companies adopted a ‘growth at all costs’ mindset, giving products away for free to drive rapid adoption in districts and schools with the expectation that revenue would follow. While some companies have achieved large customer adoption and significant growth, few have been able to charge a large audience for something that was once free. In contrast, a small, select group of companies including Education.com has focused on consumer markets and revenue models that are driving monetization at scale.
Recognized by Teachers for Excellence in At-Home Learning
Learning® Magazine recently awarded Education.com a 2017 Teachers’ Choice Award for the Family for the quality, instructional value, and ease of use of its comprehensive learning program. This award speaks to Education.com’s innovation and advocacy in guiding parents to help their children effectively at home. The Teachers’ Choice Award is one of the most recognized and prestigious awards in the educational market, recognizing the best in educational products for teachers, students, and parents. It is also the only awards program exclusively judged by teachers in the classroom and home.
“This product presents various learning standards in different ways. There are lots of things for children to choose from that work on the same or similar skill. They are actually learning while they are playing.” – Teachers’ Choice Award panelist
Present in more than 10 million classrooms and households, Education.com is the #1 education site for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to digital learning games to everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. www.education.com.
Education.com Unveils a Guided Curriculum to Better Build Essential Math and Reading Skills
New Lessons and Digital Offerings for Teachers and Parents Build Foundation for Early and Elementary School Success
SAN MATEO, Calif. – August 31, 2016 – Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, today announced a groundbreaking new guided curriculum that changes the way they help their preschool and elementary children develop essential skills. The new skills-focused curriculum combines 30,000 expert-created resources from the industry’s most comprehensive learning library with step-by-step guided lessons mapped to specific skills, to more easily and effectively strengthen the math, reading, and writing skills that are essential for school success.
At the heart of education, children need to develop foundational math and reading skills to succeed in school. All kids struggle with these core skills at some level, and their parents and teachers equally face fundamental challenges in trying to help them: identifying the most essential math and reading skills, finding various ways to keep a child engaged in learning, and finding an educational solution that connects foundational skills to the learning needs of the individual child. Education.com’s new math and reading platform uniquely helps parents and teachers address these challenges by combining easy to follow step-by-step lessons with a variety of learning formats for a multi-sensory approach aligned to the essential skills kids need to learn.
“With today’s announcement, Education.com gives parents and teachers an easy and smart way to build a strong foundation for early math and reading success,” said Rich Yang, Co-CEO of Education.com. “We now go beyond simply supplying educational materials to educators – we work hand in hand with expert teachers and curriculum designers to guide parents and teachers. By mapping our resources to specific core skills, providing guided lessons that span multiple learning formats, and providing progress reports, we’ve created a powerful new platform that empowers educators to propel kids forward. This marks a new chapter for Education.com – we’ve answered requests from our 10 million users in a big way, and we’re excited to continue getting feedback that will enable us to keep helping them in important new ways.”
New Expert-led Curriculum Identifies and Maps Essential Skills for Success
Education.com has organized an entire curriculum around essential skills across math and ELA from Pre-K through 5th grade. It was created by national expert teachers and curriculum designers led by an in-house team of experienced graduates and advisors from institutions including Stanford University and UC Berkeley graduate schools of education.
The new curriculum organizes skills in an easy-to-follow sequence. Each skill logically builds on the next, making it easier than ever for parents and teachers to accurately track how their children are progressing and where they might need support. This organization also makes it very easy to target a specific skill or broader subject overall within Education.com’s massive learning library of resources.
Industry’s Most Comprehensive Learning Library: Now with Digital Learning Exercises
Students learn in many different ways, from writing in workbooks and playing digital games, to listening to songs and being “hands-on” with activities. Education.com’s comprehensive platform supports the diversity of its learners by offering multiple learning formats – including new expert-created digital games and exercises as well as printable resources – to help kids learn in whatever way that is best for them. With the 350 new digital exercises, Education.com combines the best of its award-winning digital learning program for kids Pre-K through 2nd grade, with multiple styles of activities designed for students 3rd through 5th grade, such as interactive graphs, visual models, and many other components that can increase conceptual understanding.
Guided Lessons Save Teachers Time; Give Parents Step-By-Step Expert Guidance
New from Education.com, Guided Lessons are a combination of the platform’s most effective learning resources organized into sequenced lessons covering 800 core skills in math and ELA. Guided Lessons put kids Pre-K through 5th grade into a game-like, immersive experience with an engaging awards system that motivates them to keep learning. Since Guided Lessons follow Education.com’s comprehensive curriculum, lessons build on each other and employ multiple learning strategies, saving teachers time from lesson planning. Simple navigation, easy to understand lesson descriptions and informative progress reports give parents the level of guidance they need and confidence that they have the best solution to help their kids excel in school.
“As a new teacher in an international school, Education.com was instrumental in helping me work with students at various levels in english and math. I like the way the site is organized and it's easy to use, giving me quick access to all the resources I need for my students. I’m also really excited about being able track progress and create lessons that will work for all of my students, regardless of level.” – Paul Richardson, teacher, Aichi International School
The new skills-focused guided curriculum and Guided Lessons are available on Education.com today on a subscription basis. Limited individual resources, including the new digital exercises, are free for Basic members. New features and enhancements will become available over the coming months.
With 10 million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the #1 education site for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to digital learning games to everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. www.education.com.
Education.com Partners with Clever to Make Classroom Learning Easier and More Rewarding
Gives Teachers and Students Seamless, Secure and Free Access to Thousands of Education.com Expert-Created Resources
SAN MATEO, Calif. – April 19, 2016 – Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, today announced a new partnership with Clever to give teachers and students easy, secure, and free access to Education.com’s high-quality educational resources for a more comprehensive classroom learning experience.
Teachers know how difficult and tedious it can be to find quality learning materials for their students. Education.com provides 9 million Pre-K through 5th grade educators with expert-created printables, lesson plans, interactive games and exercises. Clever secures student data and simplifies student logins in more than a third of K-12 schools nationwide. Now, through Clever Instant Login, teachers and students can quickly and easily connect to Education.com in the classroom for free without having to manage multiple usernames and passwords.
“Education.com aims to be an important part of school and district ecosystems, and we do this in part by integrating with the technology systems that are used most in classrooms,” said Todd Schwartz, co-CEO, Education.com. “Clever has quickly gained traction as one of the most popular platforms used in schools every day. Now, teachers have a fast, secure and easy way to identify and access premium resources so they can best support their students’ learning needs.”
“Education.com is an exciting and fresh resource for both students and teachers, and our new partnership is an excellent example of how Clever can help great educational platforms improve learning outcomes in today’s schools,” said Tyler Bosmeny, co-founder and CEO, Clever.
Schwartz and Bosmeny join an elite group of education technology leaders at this week’s 2016 ASU GSV Summit. Schwartz will speak about Education.com tomorrow, Wednesday, April 20, at 2:00 PM PT.
Education.com offers premium plans that include unlimited access to more than 30,000 learning resources. More information: www.education.com/education-plus/
Clever is the platform that powers the classrooms of tomorrow. Founded in 2012 by educators and technologists who knew that widely available educational apps could improve both teaching and learning, but that tools to deploy and secure the applications were simply unavailable. Today, one in three innovative K-12 schools in the U.S. trust Clever to secure their student data as they adopt learning apps in the classroom. In 2014, Clever won the ‘Crystal Clear’ award by the Digital Innovation Learning Awards. It is also the trusted provider of the American Federation of Teachers, who uses Clever to secure its own ‘Share my Lesson’ platform with its teacher members. Backed by Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Partners, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and GSV Capital, Clever currently has 100 employees and is based in San Francisco, California. For more information visit www.clever.com
With 9 million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the #1 education site for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. www.education.com.
As Teachers Go Back-to-School, Education.com Announces New And Affordable Resources For Educators
Thousands of Lesson Plans Available for Preschool to Fifth Grade
SAN FRANCISCO, AUG. 12, 2015 -- Education.com, the leading online education destination for teachers, parents, and homeschoolers looking to help their kids succeed in school, announced today that it will have over 1,000 new teacher-created lesson plans available for educators.
As teachers get ready for Back-to-School, many will be spending hundreds of dollars' worth of their own money on classroom resources. According to a study conducted by The National School Supply and Equipment Association, teachers spend nearly $500 on supplies and instructional materials. With a one-year subscription to Education.com Pro, teachers can access thousands of classroom resources, educational games, and lesson plans for less than $75, saving hundreds of dollars on instructional expenses.
"One in four U.S. teachers rely on Education.com for various classroom and lesson plan related materials, and we understand the importance of providing an abundance of these resources to educators in one portal," says Rich Yang, Co-CEO of Education.com. "As we continue to release new lesson plans over the coming weeks, we feel reinvigorated as an educational brand and are looking forward to the feedback of trusted educators in all school settings."
New this school year, the lesson plan offering at Education.com includes hundreds of plans for educators of preschool through fifth grade students, in subjects including math, science, reading, social studies, and more. Developers are adding dozens of new lesson plans every week, and over 1,000 will be available in early October. Every lesson plan is made by an experienced teacher, for teachers, and provides an outline, estimated time frame, learning objectives, list of materials, preparation description, worksheets, supplemental games, ideas for differentiation, and key terms.
In addition, to help continue to combat the financial burden teachers in Title 1 schools face, Education.com is extending its nationwide effort to support teachers in underserved schools with $1 million worth of free subscriptions to Education.com Pro. This subscription also includes access to Brainzy, an award-winning early math and reading program. The no-charge access is available to any eligible teacher at a Title 1 school who registers at Education.com by October 1, 2015: education.com/give.
For more information on Education.com Pro please visit: education.com/education-plus
Parent And Teacher-Trusted Education.com Surpasses 6 Million Members, Driven By Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp
SAN FRANCISCO, June 30, 2015 -- Education.com announced today that it has surpassed six million users, just six months after hitting the five million user benchmark. The company, which serves as the nation's leading online education platform, credits its success to the breadth and depth of its early education content. As users continue to join Education.com, the company continues to see progress in its singular mission of helping teachers, parents, and homeschoolers help their kids succeed in school.
"As our user base continues to grow past six millions users, we are focused on continuing to provide the best on and offline educational content possible, both in and outside of the classroom," said Rich Yang, co-CEO of Education.com. "At Education.com, we know millions of parents, teachers, and homeschoolers rely on our valuable resources, and we strive to make learning fun and accessible to all."
Education.com, accessed by more than eighty million visitors in 2014, continues to innovate and advance the educational landscape. With over 15,000 engaging worksheets, free online games, math and reading program Brainzy, and a Do-It-Yourself Summer Camp, the site is constantly updating resources for parents, teachers, and homeschoolers. Specifically, the DIY Summer Camp contains 14 weeks of themed activities, both on and offline. Themes like "under the sea," "animal adventures," and "summer superheroes" provide kids with free resources on all subject areas including math, reading, science, and more.
One in four U.S. teachers use Education.com as a classroom resource, and in the coming months, those teachers will be able to use the site as a lesson plan resource as well. The Education.com lesson plans are made by teachers, for teachers.
About Education.com With more than six million members and millions of visitors each month, Education.com is the leading one-stop destination for parents and teachers to find the guidance, inspiration, and materials they need to help kids succeed. From printable workbooks to Brainzy learning games to insightful articles and everything in between, Education.com delivers content kids love and resources educators rely on. Education.com is based in San Mateo, California, and was founded in 2007 by a group of parents dedicated to making learning fun inside and outside the classroom. Learn more at www.education.com.