Amazon buys online education business

Amazon buys online education business

Amazon has agreed to acquire TenMarks, an online education business used by US schools to provide maths teaching for pupils.

The online retailer said that the purchase would allow the two companies to develop educational content and apps across multiple platforms.

TenMarks programmes can set exercises for pupils to do, along with video lessons, as well as analyse results and suggest where a pupil is struggling, and then set other exercises to practise.

Dave Limp, vice president, Amazon Kindle said: "Amazon and TenMarks share the same passion for student learning. TenMarks’s award-winning math programs have been used by tens of thousands of schools and Amazon engages with millions of students around the world through our Kindle ecosystem. Together, Amazon and TenMarks intend to develop rich educational content and applications, across multiple platforms, that we think teachers, parents and students will love."

TenMarks was founded in 2009, and is currently used in around 25,000 schools. Teachers can access much of the content for free, but must pay for premium features.

Amazon said the terms of the deal would not be disclosed, and added that it expected the deal to completed by the end of the year.