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Kno Digital Textbooks for On-the-Go Learning

Education software company Kno is entering the K-12 education market through a new partnership agreement with global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH).

Previously only available to college students, Kno will offer interactive K-12 textbooks for the iPad, the Web, Android and Windows 7.

Parents can now rent digital textbooks for their children, including subjects aligned with Common Core standards, for a one-year rental rate of $9.99 or less per book.

Announced Tuesday, August 7, the agreement aims to provide children and parents the resources to supplement classroom learning through digital content at home.

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“By offering digital access to enhanced K-12 content on the go and at home, this collaboration will empower parents to get more involved in their children’s education,” said Tim Cannon, executive VP of Strategy and Alliances for HMH.

The interactive features include:

  • A digital Journal that automatically saves a student’s notes and highlights them in a study notebook.
  • Automatic Flash Cards of key terms in a book to help students study more efficiently and better retain information.
  • 3D models that bring difficult chemistry concepts to life to make them easier to understand.
  • Quiz Me feature, which automatically turns any diagram in a book into a multiple choice quiz for easy self-quizzing before tests.
  • SmartLinks that deliver instructional videos, images, and photos to formulas and concepts in a textbook in real-time for easy reference.
  • Coming soon, an analytics feature that will enable active engagement between parents and students to better measure reading progress.

“Even if the schools have not adopted digital textbooks, we wanted to give parents the option to have their kids’ same textbooks available at home,” said Osman Rashid, CEO and co-founder of Kno, Inc.

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