Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Integrates with Award-Winning Osmo Platform, Uniting Physical and Digital Game-Based Learning
BOSTON, MA – Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (NASDAQ: HMHC) today announced a new partnership with Osmo, creators of the award-winning platform that is revolutionizing the way children play and learn on the iPad.
This partnership, the first of its kind for Osmo, will bring HMH’s market-leading math programs, learning content, and manipulatives to the new Osmo Numbers game, which utilizes Osmo’s Reflective Artificial Intelligence technology to create a collaborative and interactive physical and digital environment for children learning math. Osmo Numbers, which launched today, can be used with dedicated HMH manipulatives that are part of HMH core math programs GO Math! and Math Expressions.
Osmo and HMH Learning Architects worked together to ensure strong alignment between the Osmo Numbers game and the learning progressions in GO Math! and Math Expressions. HMH will provide Osmo activity guides as a resource for educators using these programs in conjunction with the Osmo platform. These guides offer suggested games and activities that integrate existing program manipulative kits with Osmo Numbers, building student proficiency with fun games that help them problem-solve, build fluency, and practice basic skills in counting, addition, subtraction, and multiplication.
“We see strong educational value in Osmo’s inventive system,” said Mary Cullinane, Chief Content Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “Its unique combination of on screen and off screen activity enables users to connect with math in an exciting new way and demonstrates the power of technology to make learning more engaging. Together, HMH and Osmo are bringing a new educational experience to math learners, fusing physical play in a digital environment and strengthening the connection between home and school learning.”
The HMH manipulative kits will allow educators, students, and parents who use GO Math! and Math Expressions to complement their curriculum with dedicated Osmo Numbers games that are aligned with the relevant program. HMH is also offering suggested guides and lesson plans for educators that include creative activities using Osmo Numbers that align with HMH’s curriculum and grade-level course work.
GO Math! and Math Expressions are among the most widely used math programs in the United States and together reach millions of American students a year. These figures are complemented by Osmo’s proven appeal with students, teachers, and parents; the platform is already being used in over 4,000 schools and more than 100,000 households around the world.
“We’re thrilled to be collaborating with such a prestigious and well-established company as HMH,” said Pramod Sharma, CEO and Co-founder of Osmo. “The launch of our new Numbers game combined with HMH’s best-in-class content creates a comprehensive package for math learners at schools and at home.”
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K-12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children’s books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com. Follow HMH on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
About Osmo Started in 2013 by Pramod Sharma and Jerome Scholler, Osmo is a kids tech company built around its proprietary Reflective Artificial Intelligence. It aims to create a new play movement to unleash the boundaries of the screen. With its inaugural product, Osmo expands the playing field and engages creative thinking and social interaction, allowing any object – pen and paper, you name it – to interact with the digital device. Osmo is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.
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