K-12 Curriculum Goes Mobile with Release of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's HMH FuseTM: Algebra 1 App for iPad

BOSTON — Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today launched its groundbreaking mobile curriculum for Algebra 1, the HMH Fuse™: Algebra 1 App, in the Apple App store. A first for K-12 education, the app provides award-winning Holt McDougal Algebra 1 core curriculum enhanced with the interactive capabilities today’s students demand.  At $59.99, the HMH Fuse™: Algebra 1 App gives school districts seeking to invest in cutting-edge mobile content and technology a high-quality curriculum option that has the potential to lower costs while improving learning.  As part of its digital strategy, HMH is also poised to release Geometry and Algebra 2 apps for spring 2011 availability and is optimizing its major K-12 titles for use across a multitude of digital devices.

“HMH is transforming content delivery and the overall learning experience to take advantage of the iPad environment as well as alternate digital device platforms.  These apps aren’t just digitized copies of a textbook,” said Mike Lavelle, President of HMH. “Our Algebra 1 app’s interactive format takes students to the cutting edge of innovative 21st century instruction.  HMH Fuse represents the next era of digital education.”

The app is designed to deliver Algebra 1 curriculum in a way that engages tech-savvy 21st century students. Students receive step-by-step animated instruction, instant feedback on practice questions, the ability to write, record and save notes, and access to over 400 video tutorials with the touch of a finger. The app’s programming combines instruction with ongoing support and intervention, allowing teachers and students to customize learning and meet individual needs. The app also helps teachers monitor performance with real-time student-specific feedback via Wi-Fi. 

HMH Fuse encourages a student-centered approach to learning and teaching,” said John Sipe, Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. “The app enhances our award-winning math curriculum by offering multiple ways, at point-of-use, to approach the content. Whether it’s hundreds of short video lessons by our author, Dr. Ed Burger, practice tests with instant feedback, or interactive tools that reinforce concepts, each feature allows students to learn in their own way.”

The HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 App is currently being piloted by approximately 400 students in the Long Beach, Riverside, Fresno, and San Francisco Unified School Districts in California. A third party education research firm is comparing student performance with the app to that of approximately 600 students in the same districts, with the same teachers, learning from the print Holt McDougal Algebra 1 textbook. The pilot is the largest study to-date on iPad use in K-12 education. HMH is also collecting qualitative feedback from pilot participants and has used this valuable insight to continually update and improve the app, now in its fourth iteration.

“Participating in the HMH Fuse: Algebra 1 pilot has been very exciting and rewarding for San Francisco Unified School District,” said Richard Carranza, Deputy Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District. “Overall, our students are reporting that the HMH app is a great tool that far surpasses traditional textbook learning. One of our primary goals as educators is for students to be engaged and joyful learners - this app really makes that possible. It’s simply remarkable.

“We are seeing a marked increase in student engagement and self-guided instruction with our California pilot students,” said Bethlam Forsa, Executive Vice President of Content Development and Publishing Operations. “Teachers and students are reporting that they prefer using the app over traditional content delivery methods, and feel the videos embedded in the program are invaluable – they provide a personal tutor 24/7. We hear students describing the program as ‘awesome, helpful and fun.’ From our perspective, that is a homerun.”

To learn more, visit: http://www.hmheducation.com/fuse/algebra1.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
With education products and services used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company. The world's largest provider of materials for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. Through curricula excellence coupled with technology innovations and professional services, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students, providing interactive, results-driven learning solutions. Its Educational Consulting Services group works to increase student achievement in underperforming schools by developing, implementing and supporting education transformation through sustained district partnerships.  With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.