IBM Watson Launches First Mobile App For Education

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IBM Watson proved on Jeopardy it can process and “learn” information much faster than humans. But how well can it help teachers and students learn?

Last week, IBM Watson released Element for Educators, an iOS app designed for the iPad to give teachers a better understanding of factors affecting student performance. The tool also serves as a communications platform for teachers to share notes with other teachers or across the district, whether it’s about a curriculum standard or a student’s grade dropping.

The app is IBM Watson Education’s first education app, and the company, along with Apple, approached Coppell Independent School District in Coppell, Texas, to help build and pilot the app about a year ago. Marilyn Denison, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, met with the company product teams every week to give feedback on the app.

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