MH Education makes LearnSmart available to high schools

McGraw-Hill Education has announced that it will make its adaptive study tool, McGraw-Hill LearnSmart, avaliable to high school students in addition to the originally targeted higher ed market.

Developed in partnership with Area9, LearnSmart seeks to personalize learning by using algorithmic technology to continually assess students’ knowledge, skill and confidence levels and design targeted study paths based on the resulting data to bolster students’ understanding in the areas where they need to improve the most.

“We’ve seen how LearnSmart’s adaptive technology has benefitted millions of college students and professors – raising grades, allowing instructors to use lecture time on higher level topics – and we are confident that it will give high school students and their teachers a similar edge,”  said Dan Caton, president of McGraw-Hill School Education in a prepared statement. “With 40 percent of students graduating from high school not prepared for the rigor of college, we have an acute need to better prepare our students for success not only in high school but in college and their careers, and we think that personalized learning through adaptive technology will go a long way toward accomplishing that goal.”

LearnSmart also supports the  “flipped classroom” model of education. Because it is assigned as homework to help students strengthen their knowledge in areas where they demonstrate weakness, it encourages students to come to class better prepared to focus on higher-level learning. By doing so, LearnSmart allows teachers to focus more on leading rich class discussions or facilitating collaborative learning experiences – a hallmark of higher education. With direct access to students’ LearnSmart progress, teachers can use the results to tailor their lessons accordingly at the class and individual level.

At launch, LearnSmart will be available for Biology, U.S. History, Spanish, and a wide variety of AP* & Honors level subjects, with additional courses to be added in the coming months. At the high school level, LearnSmart is available on any computer and accessible via McGraw-Hill Education’s ConnectED platform.
Check out LearnSmart here.