News Corporation Unveils Amplify to Bring Digital Innovation to K-12 Education

Focus is on Analytics, Curriculum and Distribution

As Part of This New Business, Amplify Will Collaborate with AT&T to Bring a Breakthrough, 4G Mobile Tablet-Based Platform to Market

NEW YORK--()--Today, News Corporation unveiled the brand and business of its Education Division. Amplify is dedicated to reimagining K-12 education by creating digital products and services that empower students, teachers and parents in new ways. Amplify will enhance the potential of students with new curricular experiences, support teachers with new instructional tools and engage parents through extended learning opportunities. Amplify will introduce these unique and pioneering offerings in collaboration with AT&T.

“It is our aim to amplify the power of digital innovation to transform teaching and learning and to help schools deliver fundamentally better experiences and results,” said Joel Klein, CEO of Amplify. “Amplify will introduce new products in a thoughtful way, so that technology can finally live up to its promise to advance learning and augment teaching for students, teachers and parents everywhere. A prosperous economy and an equitable society require that all young people have the chance to succeed and excel, and we’re excited about the potential of our products to help achieve that goal.”

“Together, we plan to bring to market a 4G mobile tablet-based experience that we believe will significantly enhance teaching and learning for grades K-12,” said Ralph de la Vega, President and CEO, AT&T Mobility. “We share Amplify’s commitment to education because we believe it is one of the most important things we can do for our company, our communities and our country.”

Bringing Next Generation Analytics, Curriculum and Distribution To Schools

Amplify is organized around three key areas of business that will lift student achievement and teacher fulfillment through 21st century products and services:

  • Amplify Insight. Amplify focuses on educational analytics and formative assessment through Wireless Generation, an Amplify company that makes mobile, digital assessment and instructional intervention tools for teachers in order to support K-12 classroom learning. For more than a decade, Wireless Generation has put these innovative technologies in the hands of educators. Today, it serves over 200,000 teachers and over three million students, in all 50 states. Its products and services help teachers and administrators assess learning progress throughout the year, differentiate instruction and adapt curricula to meet individual students’ needs.
  • Amplify Learning. Amplify is creating new digital curricula that reinvent teaching and learning, beginning with English Language Arts, Science and Math. These classroom-based products combine interactive, rich experiences with rigorous analytics that align to the Common Core State Standards, all driven by adaptive technologies that respond to individual students’ needs as they evolve. These new learning experiences are being developed by a team at Wireless Generation, together with some leading partners such as the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley and Lapham’s Quarterly.
  • Amplify Access. Amplify is developing new distribution and delivery mechanisms that bring digital learning experiences into the classroom and extend them beyond the school day – giving teachers, students and parents a new level of access to educational resources. In collaboration with AT&T, we will offer a tablet-based platform, which bundles curricular and extracurricular content with sophisticated analytic capabilities and 4G connectivity to facilitate personalized instruction and enable anywhere, anytime learning.

Amplify and AT&T will begin to introduce these new curriculum and platform products through pilots in U.S. schools across the country over the course of the 2012-2013 school year. During this pilot phase, AT&T will provide 4G tablets, device management and technical services, and connectivity over the AT&T Wi-Fi network and AT&T 4G network, which is the nation’s largest.*

The story of Amplify’s mission can be found here, and early glimpses of Amplify’s products can be seen here.

Creating Meaningful Conversation and Commentary in Digital Education

In addition, Amplify announced the launch of www.amplify.com, a unique new digital forum dedicated to meaningful conversations about teaching and learning. Amplify.com spotlights innovative people and ideas, hosts discussions on the latest topics in education and technology, and aggregates outstanding content on critical issues in education from across the Web.

“I’m proud of the work we’ve done over the past 18 months to make today’s launch possible,” said Klein. “Now I look forward to our next phase – to introducing our game-changing products and ushering in a new age of teaching and learning in K-12 education. I hope you’ll stay tuned to www.amplify.com as we reveal more details about our products, pilots and partners over the next several months.”

About Amplify

Amplify is a new business dedicated to reimagining K-12 education by creating digital products and services that empower teachers, students and parents in new ways. Amplify is focused on transforming teaching and learning by creating and scaling digital innovations in three areas: analytics and assessment, content and curriculum and distribution and delivery. More information about Amplify can be found at www.amplify.com.

About Wireless Generation

Wireless Generation, a part of Amplify, is an education company that harnesses technology to help teachers teach with excellence. Founded in 2000, the company serves the K-12 education market and develops digital assessment and analysis tools, personalized curriculum, and large-scale educational data systems, as well as offers professional development to support teachers' expertise, and instructional improvement services to schools nationwide. Wireless Generation’s innovative tools benefit more than 200,000 educators and 3 million children in schools and districts in all 50 states. More information is available at www.wirelessgeneration.com.

About AT&T

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and around the world. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation’s largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T | DIRECTV brands. The company’s suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.

Additional information about AT&T Inc. and the products and services provided by AT&T subsidiaries and affiliates is available at http://www.att.com. More information about AT&T in Education is available at www.att.com/education-news.

*4G speeds not available everywhere. Learn more at att.com/network.

Contacts

Amplify
Lisa Gordon-Miller, 212-614-4684
Lisa.Gordon-Miller@bm.com
or
AT&T
Jan Rasmussen, 816-512-2238
jan.rasmussen@fleishman.com

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Contacts

Amplify
Lisa Gordon-Miller, 212-614-4684
Lisa.Gordon-Miller@bm.com
or
AT&T
Jan Rasmussen, 816-512-2238
jan.rasmussen@fleishman.com