EdTech video platform Boclips completes acquisition of Listenwise

November 6, 2021

Boclips, an EdTech video platform, has completed the purchase of US educational podcast company Listenwise

EdTech video platform Boclips completes acquisition of Listenwise

EdTech video platform Boclips has completed the acquisition of Listenwise to offer content in multiple regions.  Boclips currently manages the largest educational video resource in the world. Providing access to more than two million rights-cleared clips from over 350 trusted sources, ranging from news programming from The Wall Street Journal through Ted Talks to specialist tutorial videos from The Smithsonian. Its AI-driven content management system enables users to easily locate the right video for every stage of the school or university curriculum. Customers include courseware developers, EdTech solutions providers as well as Ministries of Education across the Middle East and Asia.

Listenwise offers a library of podcast lessons designed to engage students in learning with their real-world relevance and storytelling. The curriculum-aligned podcasts are paired with learning tools and listening comprehension assessments to transform them into rigorous academic content for classroom grades 2 to 12. Listenwise’s leading podcast partner is National Public Radio (NPR).

“The extraordinary team who have developed Listenwise share Boclips’ mission to make learning more captivating for all age ranges through the power of rich media,” said Boclips CEO David Bainbridge. “We look forward to adding their podcasts to our vast library of millions of curated videos, which are aligned to both subject and age-level.”

“By teaming up with Listenwise we will be able to provide our rich media library directly to school districts, digital teaching platforms, and learning institutions of all kinds around the world,” he added.

“We’re thrilled to join forces with Boclips to accelerate the impact of audio for students in every market,” said Monica Brady-Myerov, CEO and founder of Listenwise. “Boclips and Listenwise share a mission to captivate students by curating the best media for learning and making them easy to integrate into instruction. I am excited to be able to grow that mission. Bringing together the leaders in audio and video is an ideal combination for educators and course developers.”

Listenwise’s built-in literacy and language supports allow teachers to differentiate instruction for different learners, including English learners and striving readers.

Learning from home during pandemic lockdowns has accelerated the digitization of education material worldwide and significantly increased demand for video and audio content. Boclips primarily supplies digital curriculum platforms, while Listenwise currently sells directly to teachers and school districts across the US.

Boclips also announced the appointment of two EdTech visionaries as observers on its Board of Directors: Felipe Sommer, founder of Nearpod, and Jean Hammond, co-founder and general partner of LearnLaunch Accelerator and prolific education investor.

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