Oxford University Press (OUP) has teamed up with three Israeli education technology companies to boost its online services. The distinguished British publishing house, which publishes more than 6,000 titles a year and sells more than 110 million units annually, announced collaborations with the Israeli startups Tiny Tap, Total Boox and KIDOZ.
Last year, the UK Israel Tech Hub invited OUP to Israel and introduced it to dozens of startups, resulting in three new UK-Israel business relationships and other opportunities still being explored.
“Edtech ventures are increasingly influential as they shape and improve the educational experience,” said Paul Riley, Director of Channels and Partnerships at OUP. “Through this relationship OUP is introduced to inventive Israeli startups, which provide us with opportunities to combine our high quality content with ground-breaking technology. This allows us to develop innovative products and services that improve the lives of teachers and learners globally.”
The new collaboration with Tiny Tap will see the Israeli startup digitize some of Oxford University Press’ key pedagogical materials, making them available as cross-platform interactive lessons. Tel Aviv-based TinyTap is a free platform for teachers and students to create personalized interactive lessons.
The agreement with e-book service provider Total Boox will see the company providing a unique e-book distribution platform, where all books are always available to all users, readers and libraries will be charged only for the portions that are actually read. Hundreds of OUP’s popular English teaching books and professional materials for language teachers will be available for hundreds of libraries in the United States, and to millions of students and teachers worldwide.
OUP signed an agreement in late December with KIDOZ, a children’s content discovery platform based in Netanya. OUP content will be made available to millions of children via KIDOZ’s exclusive content platform.
“OUP is one the world’s most respected publishers, and we are honored to have them on board. OUP produces outstanding content, including interactive books and home learning materials, and we can’t wait for young audiences to discover it through the KIDOZ platform,” said KIDOZ Co-Founder Eldad Ben Tora.
“Edtech is a key area of synergy for the UK and Israel. OUP represents the UK’s world-leading education and publishing industries, and these new relationships demonstrate how innovative Israeli edtech startups can grow by working with them,” said Dona Haj Manaa, the UK Israel Tech Hub’s Creative Industries Manager.
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