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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Introduces Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education

Global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt today launched Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education, an e-short by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of the New York Times bestselling book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. The short e-book vividly illustrates the transformative effect big data is having on the learning process and sheds new light on visionary individuals and companies that have marshaled big data to enhance the way we learn.

Learning with Big Data highlights key examples of how teachers are using data to measure student progress and optimize lessons to individual learning styles. For example, Stanford computer science professor Andrew Ng can now log every mouse-click his students make and track the patterns by which students watch video lectures — where they pressed pause or rewound. Through this data collection, educators can alter and optimize their course materials or delivery methods according to how their students learn best.

“HMH is proud of its commitment to lifelong learning,” said Gary Gentel, President of HMH Trade & Consumer Publishing. “We are excited to provide education industry partners, parents and anyone interested in the education of our children with this valuable resource, which takes a focused look at the vast possibilities within the education space, and the efforts underway to create dynamic and personalized classrooms.”

A finalist for the Financial Times Business Book of the Year, the original Big Data is now available in paperback and eBook. It provides an in-depth look at how vast collections of information are gathered and analyzed, and how this information ultimately provides new insights regarding studies of economy, science, and society at large.

Learning with Big Data is available for $2.99 at hmhco.com.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade & Consumer Publishing
For nearly two centuries, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Trade & Consumer Publishing division has published some of the world’s most renowned novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works in hardcover, trade paperback, and eBook formats. Its distinguished author list includes eight Nobel Prize winners, forty-seven Pulitzer Prize winners, thirteen National Book Award winners, and more than one hundred Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Sibert Medal and Honor recipients. HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin, Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, and a celebrated roster of children’s authors and illustrators including Lois Lowry, Chris Van Allsburg and David Wiesner. HMH is also home to The Best American series®; The American Heritage® and Webster’s New World dictionaries; Betty Crocker®, Better Homes and Gardens®, How to Cook Everything®, The Gourmet Cookbook, and other leading culinary properties; the Peterson Field Guides®; CliffsNotes; books by J.R.R. Tolkien; and many iconic children’s books and characters including Curious George®, The Little Prince and The Polar Express. For more information, visit www.hmhco.com.

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