HMH, Knewton unveil an adaptive learning tool for math students

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, or HMH, a Boston company with a long history in textbooks, is partnering with Knewton to market “Personal Math Trainer,” an adaptive learning tool that K-12 students can use on e-readers and tablet computers, the two companies said.

Headquartered in New York City, Knewton specializes in adaptive learning technology as a way to personalize education and tailor it to individual students.

“Personal Math Trainer Powered by Knewton” will be the first K–12 product to combine HMH content with Knewton technology, the companies said.


According to HMH and Knewton, their math trainer is capable of analyzing a student’s interactions with math curriculum concepts and content to discern a variety of strengths and weaknesses.

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“With each use, Personal Math Trainer becomes increasingly ‘smarter’ to adjust a student’s learning pathway to improve a student’s comprehension and understanding,” the companies said.

At a time when teachers are pressured to meet more standards with fewer resources, HMH and Knewton believe there is a potential market for a product such as Personal Math Trainer.

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