NEW YORK: News Corp’s newly rebranded Amplify education business announced a partnership with AT&T Inc. (T) that will include a tablet-based curriculum for K-12 students.
Amplify, led by former New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, will work with AT&T to offer digital tools for teachers and students, News Corp. said today in a statement.
Amplify will unveil its software and tools in a pilot program beginning in September. The tablets, made available through AT&T, will have cellular connectivity for students without Internet accessat home, Klein said in an interview.
“We’re bringing enormous educational software to bear on this,” he said. “We’re very excited for the start of this.”
News Corp. began its push into the education market when it acquired 90% of Wireless Generation Inc., a Brooklyn- based startup, for about US$360 million last year.
The business lost a US$27 million bid to build an education data system for New York State because of ties to its new parent company, which was being investigated for hacking and bribery.
News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, a proponent of academic reform, hired Klein to build an education business before the hacking scandal erupted. Klein returned his full-time attention to the division last month after serving as the head of News Corp.’s internal committee investigating the matter. (Bloomerg/T05/TW)