Florida educators first to see Mobento’s enhanced video player and free new app for finding and viewing education videos

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Friday, February 7, 2014

At the Florida Education Technology Conference, the video learning platform Mobento, introduced its all new video player interface, and Android and iOS apps for viewing educational videos on the go. Mobento, exhibiting in booth #1513, is a free, online library of curated videos for the K-12 market. Founder Sumner Murphy identified the need for a better way for teachers to include appealing video in school lessons to increase engagement with students of all learning styles and add depth to learning. After overcoming his own reading disability and going on to study math and computer science at New York University, more high quality videos in schools was something Murphy felt strongly could improve the learning experience of all students. The ambitious, young entrepreneur and web developer then sold investors on his idea on how to make that happen and landed the largest private education seed fund in the UK ever of $1.7 million last summer. Making history resulted in a Forbes magazine article last fall that featured Murphy and Mobento as “one to watch.”

Murphy grew his team and has since taken his mission to the next level by focusing on user engagement, discoverability, being platform agnostic and creating a more intuitive user interface. He also just completed and released two new free apps for iOS and Android devices that enable educators and students to download and view videos offline or while on the go. Links to the apps are posted on Mobento.com - GooglePlay.com and iTunes.com. Educators and students who are 12 or older can download the apps to their devices free of charge.

“Mobento is an innovative way to leverage existing educational videos through technology to make it easy and fast for educators to find and share high-quality, subject-specific videos with their students,” said Sumner Murphy, Mobento Founder. “Every educator with Internet access can use Mobento’s video library from their computer or favorite mobile device with our apps.”

Mobento.com currently hosts over 4,200 videos, all from exceptional academic institutions, such as Stanford, Yale, NASA, and Khan Academy. By curating its videos, Mobento automatically delivers only content that meets the high standards of educators. This content combined with Mobento’s innovative search engine results in a powerful tool for video learning. Mobento Search is a highly-advanced key word search that searches the spoken word within the videos to take users to the exact place in a video where the key words were spoken. By skipping right to the important part, educators can quickly discover the most relevant content.

Murphy is a fan of the flipped classroom model and an advocate for increasing the use of video in education. He designed Mobento to support educators whether they teach in a traditional, blended or flipped classroom. Educators can decide whether to present the videos in class or assign them to students to watch at home or download to mobile devices and view offline. Mobento helps teachers engage students by providing visual lessons from some of the best instructors and educational institutions in the world.

After first launching and developing Mobento in London, UK, Murphy opened an office in the USA last year. Mobento will exhibit at more education tradeshows this year, including TCEA in TX and ISTE in GA, to reach out to educators about its curated library of videos.

Pricing and Availability

Educators can access Mobento’s free library of videos at Mobento.com. The content is accessible 24-hours a day from any computer, tablet or smartphone with Internet access and videos that have been downloaded can be viewed offline via the mobile apps. Mobento also offers teachers the option of purchasing Mobento School Accounts. These accounts offer a private space for academic institutions to upload, manage and distribute their own content, organize it into courses and monitor the progress and engagement of their students. For information, contact Mobento at marybeth@mobento.com.

About Mobento

Mobento is an online video learning platform that combines the best educational content with innovative technology to deliver a more personalized and effective learning environment for students while empowering educators. Founder Sumner Murphy started the Mobento company to address the challenges of struggling learners to succeed in school and life, after overcoming his own reading disability. At just 22 years old, Murphy’s concept and product impressed investors enough to make history, granting him the largest education start up fund ever in the UK. Mobento’s (www.mobento.com) mission is to collect, organize and deliver videos that every school can access.