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2014 International Consumer Electronics Show Features the Latest in Education Technology from McGraw-Hill

Company highlights updates to McGraw-Hill SmartBook at CES; adaptive study tool LearnSmart surpasses 3 million student users

Tags: Higher Education

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, McGraw-Hill announced its participation at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where company executives will discuss how digital innovation continues to improve the education industry and provide an update on the state of adaptive learning technology in today's classrooms. At the show, the company will debut a new user interface for SmartBook™, the first adaptive reading experience for higher education, which was launched at CES last year along with the broader LearnSmart Advantage™ adaptive learning suite.

McGraw-Hill will also highlight its adaptive study tool, LearnSmart®, which recently surpassed 3 million users as the market-leading adaptive learning tool in higher education. McGraw-Hill developed SmartBook and LearnSmart in conjunction with Denmark-based adaptive learning company Area9.

Stephen Laster, chief digital officer at McGraw-Hill, and Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, will also join other thought leaders at TransformingEDU, the education conference and exhibition at CES, to share thoughts on digital courseware, personalized and adaptive learning, and what the future holds for education technology.

"I believe we are reaching a 'when, not if' moment in the personalized education movement," said Laster. "I am excited by the progress we have made as a company and as an industry in developing and advancing adaptive learning and other important education technologies, such as LearnSmart and SmartBook, but there is more work to be done. We have increased our focus on the user experience to make it even easier for instructors and students to use our  technologies, and we are sharpening our application of data and analytics to provide more insightful feedback about students' current and future performance. I am confident that 2014 will bring even greater innovation to schools and universities as we work toward creating more data-driven, real-time classrooms and increasing student engagement and results."

TransformingEDU Presentation Details:

The Next Edition of Digital Textbooks and Courseware


Brian Kibby, president of McGraw-Hill Higher Education, will join panelists Mickey Levitan, CEO/ Founder of Courseload, Dr. Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E Cameron Professor at Rice University, Grenville Gooder, Vice President, EDU Practice at Kaltura, and Amanda Antico, President of Saylor Academy


This panel will examine the current state of digital textbooks at the institutional level and what changes are needed to improve them


Thurs., Jan. 9 at 9:50 a.m.


Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N256

Getting Personal: Curriculum Built for One


Stephen Laster, chief digital officer of McGraw-Hill, will join panelists Dr. Dan Yang, Founder of Rullingnet Corp., Raj Valli, Founder and CEO of Tabtor, and Jessica Berlinski, Chief Learning Officer and Co-Founder of If You Can Company


This panel will focus on the growth of personalized learning and the different systems that are available in the education market


Thurs., Jan. 9 at 2:35 p.m.


Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Room N256

McGraw-Hill at CES and Pepcom:

Throughout CES and at the Pepcom media event on Jan. 6, McGraw-Hill will highlight the growing adoption of adaptive learning technology at high schools, colleges and universities across the country. In 2013, LearnSmart approached some key milestones, including:

  • 3 million total users since its launch in 2009, and almost 1.5 million LearnSmart users in 2013
  • Over 2 billion questions answered by students using LearnSmart
  • When compared to 2012, LearnSmart saw a user growth of 45 percent in 2013

At Pepcom in particular, the company will demonstrate SmartBook's new user interface and the larger LearnSmart adaptive learning suite.

McGraw-Hill will post live tweets from the conference through its Twitter feeds (@MHEducation, @MHHigherEd).

McGraw Hill
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Tyler Reed
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