Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Kno partner with Broward County Public Schools on 1:1 digital implementation

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and education software innovator Kno have partnered with Broward County Public Schools, one of the largest public school systems in the country, to support the District’s innovative Digital 5: Pathways to Personalized Learning (D5) initiative. The program expands the use of technology, digital devices and digital curriculum for 3,200 fifth grade students across 27 Broward County elementary schools. D5 students and teachers are accessing HMH’s celebrated core curriculum materials via Kno’s cutting-edge delivery platform on personal, district-issued laptops.

“The Digital 5 initiative is very exciting for us. Essentially we are creating the classroom of the future, and we are doing it today, to ensure students are college and career ready in the 21st century,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “The winning combination of Kno’s interactive learning technology and HMH’s high-quality content gives our students and teachers the resources they need to maximize student learning and grow as citizens in an increasingly digital world.”

“We are thrilled to play a key role in the D5 project,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer and EVP, HMH. “By merging best-in-class content with effective, thoughtful integration of technology, Broward’s work illustrates HMH’s commitment to transforming the future of learning with holistic solutions.”

D5 students and teachers are using HMH’s comprehensive Common Core-aligned reading and math programs, Florida Journeys Common Core ©2014 and GO Math! Florida ©2013, via the Kno application, which provides access to myriad electronic enhancements, including interactive features, intuitive search options, social sharing capabilities, digital note taking and journaling, as well as progress monitoring and reporting tools.

“At Kno, it is our goal to make the digital transition seamless and to provide students with a fresh, fun way to engage with quality learning materials,” explained Mark Williams, Vice President of Sales, Kno Inc.

Drawing upon information and best practices from successful D5 trials in two Broward County Public Schools classrooms last spring, specialists from HMH and Kno continue to work closely with the District during the implementation of the program at the designated elementary schools and to complement professional development efforts.

To learn more about Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, visit www.hmhco.com.

To learn more about Kno, visit www.kno.com.

To learn more about Broward County Public Schools and the D5 initiative, visit www.browardschools.com/digital5.