Discovery Education Acquires Minneapolis EdTech Firm Pivot Interactives

Discovery Education, a global education technology company backed by investment firm, Clearlake Capital Group, LP, recently announced the acquisition of Pivot Interactives, a Minneapolis-based developer of cloud-based activities and labs for K-12 science education. .

The value of the transaction was not disclosed.

The acquisition of Pivot Interactives supports Discovery Education’s mission to prepare students for the future by creating innovative classrooms connected to today’s world. The company will complement Discovery Education’s other successful digital services that support science education, which include the K-12 Discovery Education platform, Mystery Science, the Science Techbook series and STEM Connect.

Founded by Peter Bohacek and Matt Vonk, Pivot Interactives creates and develops dynamic tools to actively engage students in the exploration of scientific phenomena while developing their skills in scientific practices. In 2012, the co-founders began working with their students to develop direct measurement videos that allow teachers and students to break out of the confines of the classroom. Now teachers around the world are using the platform to engage more than a million students in scientific phenomena and practices.

Commenting on the acquisition, Co-founder and CEO of Pivot Interactives, Peter Bohacek, He said:

“We are thrilled to be joining the Discovery Education family. Back in 2012, I began experimenting with integrating interactive video into my classroom practice. The results were so promising that I was compelled to continue researching how to expand the possibilities of interactive video and this led to the founding Pivot Interactives. I am excited about this next chapter and the opportunity to increase the impact of these resources.”

Pivot Interactives interactive videos have been thoroughly tested in peer-reviewed, controlled studies. Results consistently show that they result in significant gains in learning compared to traditional hands-on learning.

Adding about the deal, Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Pivot Interactives, Matt Vonk, He said:

“The Pivot Interactives team shares Discovery Education’s mission to prepare all students for future success, and I believe that as part of Discovery Education, we will be in an even better position to improve science education across the country and around the world. Echoing Peter’s sentiments, we are excited to join Discovery Education.” “

North Carolina-based Discovery Education offers hybrid work schedules and flexible hours so one can work when and where they are most productive. With its award-winning multimedia content, instructional support, and innovative teaching tools, the platform helps educators deliver equitable learning experiences that engage all students and support higher academic achievement globally.

Speaking of partnership, CEO of Discovery Education, Scott Kinney, He said:

“Discovery Education empowers teachers and inspires students around the world through digital content delivered on our platform. Unlike other digital interactive content on the market, Pivot Interactives explores concepts through real-life experiments rather than animations, allowing teachers to in any incorporate phenomenon-based learning into the instructional phase of the learning cycle. Through our acquisition of Pivot Interactives, Discovery Education is now better positioned to expand its impact by providing our partner school systems with access to active phenomenon-based learning tools.”

Discovery Education serves approximately 4.5 million teachers and 45 million students worldwide, and its resources are accessed in more than 100 countries and territories. The startup partners with districts, states and trusted organizations to empower educators with leading EdTech solutions that support the success of all students.

This is the second acquisition of Discovery Education in August this year. The company acquired DoodleLearning, an online math tool for students ages 5 to 13, in the same month. Discovery Education has made several acquisitions in the past, including Mystery Science, Spiral and Inspyro.

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Author: Shalini Pathak

Shalini PathakShalini Pathak is a writer at EdTechReview (ETR) – India’s leading edtech media and community. He has over four years of experience in the media, covering different beats. Like all writers, she is first and foremost an avid reader with a passion for creating out-of-the-box content and the ability to write about any topic. As part of the ETR team, he will cover the latest news in the edtech industry with a focus on stories about edtech startup companies and their funding.

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