EDUCATE member, Wizenoze, has signed a new partnership with Pearson UK, during the same week as it showcased its AI technology to the King and Queen of The Netherlands during their State Visit to the UK.
Wizenoze, a specialist AI company, was chosen by the Global Entrepreneurs Programme at the Department of International Trade, and by the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce to demonstrate their innovative solution, The Web for Classrooms, to the Netherlands’ Royal visitors, and to the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
Unlike most popular search engines, The Web for Classroom was built for education, and developed in response to research that showed that more than six out of ten people could not understand most of what is written on-line.
Wizenoze demonstrated how the use of AI enabled them to create a simple 5-scale ‘reading index’ that curates, by reading level, almost 7 million pages of online content. Wizenoze now provides bespoke APIs for customers to take advantage of this new technology.
The Web for Classrooms is now becoming the go-to search engine on managed school platforms to enrich digital textbooks and support the whitelisting of websites for internet safety companies.
Its partnership with Pearson UK will involve piloting the enrichment of BTEC coursebooks, by embedding The Web for Classrooms, and allowing students to gain better understanding through this dynamic learning environment. The partnership is part of the Project Literacy Lab, the world’s first international project focussing on close the global literacy gap by 2030.
Dr Leila Walker, UK Director of Wizenoze, which was founded in Amsterdam, said: “We see that the education sector is increasingly switching to the digitisation of teaching content, with students becoming more dependent on public online information.
“With The Web for Classrooms we offer access to an internet that has been developed for an educational environment. Students gain valuable learning because they are confronted with relevant information, which is readable and comprehensible.”
Mrs Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice-President, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeships, said: “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Wizenoze. As technology expands and the internet becomes more accessible, the greater the need to help learners filter reliable content that is personalised to their reading level.
“At Pearson, we aim to widen the range of contexts available to learners so to better their learning outcomes. We believe access to Wizenoze’s solution, The Web for Classrooms, will support this mission. And if the pilot proves successful with our first colleges and BTEC courses then we will broaden access to The Web for Classrooms across all curriculum areas.”