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Increase readership with AI-powered readability classification

With prestigious funding awards from Google and the Dutch government for its impact on literacy and learning, you can be assured of professional service and support when partnering with Wizenoze. It is widely recognised that pitching text at the appropriate reading level is vital to engaging learners and improving overall educational outcomes. Yet maintaining high standards in doing so is time-consuming and costly to manage.

Through leveraging our technology, you can enhance the early drafting and redrafting process considerably. Wizenoze allows you to increase the speed of content production without negatively affecting the editing process.

With products powered by Wizenoze readability engine, leave behind other one-level-fits-all publishing systems and deliver custom published material tailored to individual reading level abilities.

The Web for Classrooms

The largest curated and safe-for-school collection of online content available in the world today.  The Web for Classrooms is comprehensively indexed by reading level. It can be uniquely extended, tailored and branded to include your own material.

The Web for Classrooms

Wizenoze Editor

A web-based text editor enabling teachers to check the reading level of their copy in real time.  Wizenoze Editor provides useful improvement suggestions based specifically on the actual target reading age the copy is intended for, a feature that no other readability editor offers today.

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Wizenoze Readability Scan

Page Scan

A web tool that enables writers to analyse the reading level of any web page or text in seconds to ensure that content is on target. Page scan is available as web app or browser extension.

Document Scan

A bulk readability analysis service which scans your entire back catalogue materials including websites, PDFs and Word documents.

Readability API

An extensive suite of APIs which enable integration of our readability classification engine into any of your existing software tools.

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Accenture innovation awards

“WizeNoze has branches in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, this innovative concept participated in the official state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The week after, WizeNoze took the stage as one of the finalists of the Accenture Innovation Awards Summit”

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Hoe je kinderen online leert zoeken

Zoeken op het internet. We doen het allemaal, de hele dag door, meestal vrij achteloos en op de automatische piloot. Des te gekker dat kinderen op school niet online leren zoeken. Maarten Sprenger wil daar verandering in brengen, hij schreef het boek ‘Slim Zoeken’, waarvan onlangs een herziene versie verscheen.

BNR – Digitaal interview door Herbert Blankesteijn – ook over Web for Classrooms

Wizenoze signs new partnership with Tes Global to explore a new quality standard for teaching resources

London, November 14, 2018 – Tes global, home to a community of 11.6m teachers and others involved in education, is to run a pilot with AI company Wizenoze, that would see teachers gain access to a set of tools to help them create resources matched to student needs, saving time and improving quality.

  • Tes and Wizenoze are launching a pilot that could help teachers produce high-quality resources, well-targeted by abilities such as reading level and potentially reduce the time they take to create.
  • The two partners share the goal of supporting teachers to produce and source teaching and learning resources of the highest professional standard.
  • The partnership will test how and to what extent the technology may support teachers to become better at meeting the reading levels of individual students when producing resources.
  • Tes hosts the world’s largest collection of shared teaching resources, which is used by over 11 million users, downloading up to a million resources a day.
  • Wizenoze, a specialist AI company, uses machine learning and natural language processing to create a simple 5 scale ‘reading index’, which is matched to different audience levels including the UK and US school stages e.g. Key Stage 4.

The partners aim to demonstrate best practice in the creation of teaching resources, following recent calls from the Department of Education for teachers to make use of materials that are quality-assured.

Over the next few months, Wizenoze will work with Tes resource authors to explore a new framework of quality indicators for teaching resources, applying access to technology.

“With more and more demands on the teaching profession to use technology to support the needs of individual learners, Wizenoze is excited to offer its easy to use technology to help practitioners apply simple checks to ensure their resources meet the reading level for each student. If a resource is easy to read, then the student has the best chance to comprehend the learning task provided.”

Dr Leila Walker, UK Director, Wizenoze

“We know there are already hundreds of thousands of brilliant teaching resources on Tes – but we want to get even better at ensuring teachers see the ones that are the highest quality first. So we are working on a range of initiatives on this topic, and are especially proud to be partnering with Wizenoze, and with Dr Leila Walker, who we regard as a real authority on how the quality of teaching materials should be judged.”

Mr Michael Shaw, Director of Resources, Tes

Editor’s notes

About Tes

Tes is a digital education company, home to one of the largest digital communities of any profession, with over 11 million members. We believe in the power of great teaching. We support and connect teachers and schools worldwide, helping them improve children’s lives through education. For more information visit tes.com.

About Wizenoze

Wizenoze is on a mission to help students all over the world at school, in libraries and at home to find relevant content online. Wizenoze specialises in the readability and modern classification of written texts. The company was launched in 2013 by Diane Janknegt (ex-Director, Microsoft) and Prof. Dr Theo Huibers (Strategy Advisor & Professor, Twente University).

Founded in Amsterdam and with a global office in London, the company is passionate about its mission to close the readability gap on the web, especially for students and second language learners. Working with teachers and supporting schools lies at the heart of that mission. Today, their online content collection, the Web for Classrooms is deployed in varied learning environments to provide easy access to relevant web-based information at the right reading level.

An active supporter of the global literacy movement. Wizenoze was selected by the world’s leading education company, Pearson, to participate in the Project Literacy Lab, the world’s first international partnership focused on supporting rapid growth ventures that are positioned to close the global literacy gap by 2030. The Web for Classrooms has been recognised as an innovative use of Ai that has the ability to quickly scale, worldwide.

Wizenoze is proud to have received an Innovation Credit from the Dutch Government and has also been awarded a prestigious development grant by Google in recognition of its advanced technology. In addition, Wizenoze’s  UK expansion is actively supported by the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme at the Department for International Trade, which encourages successful European companies to open up UK offices. More broadly,  latest investments have also been focused on worldwide expansion and the technology is now being deployed in India, Tajikistan, Kenya, the USA and the UAE.

For interview requests or for further information, please contact Leila Walker at leila@wizenoze.com.

Helping Students Make the Most of the Web

By Mr Ian Ashman, FE Consultant, Former Principal of Hackney Community College and President of the Association of Colleges

How many teachers have you heard say “Google it” in response to a question from a student or when setting an assignment?  Followed quickly by – “oh and, by the way, other search engines are available”. Actually, there is little alternative to using ‘Google’ as a search engine for education. 

However, this creates a couple of problems for students, especially in further education. Firstly, avoiding the distractions of a commercially driven search engine takes the utmost resilience – how many of us have gone off down a wormhole of ‘fascinating facts’ or followed an advert for ‘just the thing I’ve been looking for’? Secondly, our students come with a wide range of literacy levels, most below GCSE grade 3, but most material sourced through search engines requires literacy at level 3 and above.

So, students continue to use Google as access to ‘relevant’ information best sourced online, even though it’s not always helpful. 

To better support the needs of students and educators, Wizenoze created ‘The Web for Classrooms’. This allows searchers to discover relevant and readable content on the internet matched to their reading level. The Web for Classrooms has over 6.5 million (and growing) English language web pages from trusted site sources; hand checked by educators for suitability for their curriculum and indexed on a 5-scale reading score. Therefore, it’s the largest safe-for-education collection of publicly available online content. It can help educators to prepare lessons efficiently and supports students to improve their independent research and learning, distraction-free.

Wizenoze with the support of Pearson is proposing to carry out the Web for Classrooms in FE Project. The project will collect data from a comparative study in some pilot colleges to demonstrate the impact of providing a learner access to an alternative search engine that only contains reliable education content that can be filtered by reading level.  We are interested to see if it show similar trends to that in their previous research in schools, where students using the Web for Classrooms reported an increase in reading confidence and better learning outcomes.

When I was Principal in Hackney, I personally saw the impact that enhancing learning resources made to the success of students in college. I’m continuing to work with a number of Colleges through Pearson’s Further Education Group and keen to see others join in the Web for Classrooms pilot. So, I’ve agreed to Chair a Steering Group for the Project.

If you’d like to get involved in the Web for Classrooms in FE project contact Dr Leila Walker, UK Director at leila@wizenoze.com.

Pearson signs partnership with Wizenoze as our technology appears at Royal Showcase

Mansion House, October 24, 2018 – Pearson UK signs new partnership with Wizenoze to offer students access to an educational internet as their technology is showcased during the State Visit to UK of the King and Queen of The Netherlands.

  • Wizenoze is a specialist AI company. The company was chosen by the Global Entrepreneurs Programme within the Department of International Trade, together with, the Netherlands British Chamber of Commerce, to showcase their innovative solution, The Web for Classrooms, to the King and Queen of the Netherlands and the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
  • The Web for Classrooms was built for education, and not for commerce, unlike other popular search engines.  It was developed in response to research that found over 60% of people cannot understand the majority of what is written online. This figure is highly likely to be an underestimation.
  • Wizenoze demonstrated how the use of AI enabled them to create a simple 5-scale ‘reading index’ that curates by reading level, almost 7 million pages of online content. Wizenoze now provides bespoke APIs for customers to take advantage of this new technology. With The Web for Classrooms acting as the go-to search engine on managed school platforms to enriching digital textbooks and to support the whitelisting of websites for internet safety companies.
  • Wizenoze announced their latest partnership with Pearson UK, to pilot the enrichment of BTEC coursebooks, by embedding The Web for Classrooms, allowing students to gain greater comprehension, from a dynamic learning environment.

Today, Wizenoze proudly demonstrated their technology to members of the Dutch and UK Royal families. Wizenoze is passionate to close the readability gap on the web, having many links with the charities that both the Royal Houses support. Founded in Amsterdam with their global office in London, Wizenoze is the perfect example of a successful enterprise on both UK  and Dutch soil.

“We see that the education sector is increasingly switching to the digitisation of teaching content, with students becoming more dependent on public online information. With The Web for Classrooms we offer access to an internet that has been developed for an educational environment. Students gain valuable learning because they are confronted with relevant information, which is readable and comprehensible.”
Dr Leila Walker, UK Director, Wizenoze

Wizenoze has been recognised as a venture with the potential to change the world we live in by offering students worldwide easy access to reliable and readable online content through The Web for Classrooms. An active supporter of the global literacy movement. Wizenoze was selected by the world’s leading education company, Pearson, to participate in the Project Literacy Lab, the world’s first international partnership focused on supporting rapid growth ventures that are positioned to close the global literacy gap by 2030. The Web for Classrooms has been recognised as an innovative use of AI that has the ability to quickly scale, worldwide.

Wizenoze has built an excellent relationship with Pearson through the Project Literacy Lab. Working with teams in both Primary and BTEC. Over the next few months, Wizenoze will develop with Pearson BTEC a dynamic version of their digital coursebooks, providing vocational students access to digital learning that maximises access to readable online content in order to increase their comprehension and ultimately helping them to achieve their career learning goals.

“We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Wizenoze. As technology expands and the internet becomes more accessible, the greater the need to help learners filter reliable content that is personalised to their reading level. At Pearson, we aim to widen the range of contexts available to learners so to better their learning outcomes. We believe access to Wizenoze’s solution, The Web for Classrooms, will support this mission. And if the pilot proves successful with our first colleges and BTEC courses then we will broaden access to The Web for Classrooms across all curriculum areas.”
Mrs Cindy Rampersaud, Sr VP, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeships

Editor’s notes

Wizenoze is on a mission to help students all over the world at schools, in libraries and at home to find relevant content online. Wizenoze specialises in the readability and modern classification of written texts. The company was founded in 2013 by Diane Janknegt (ex-Director, Microsoft) and Prof. Dr Theo Huibers (Strategy Advisor & Professor, Twente University).

Founded in Amsterdam and with a global office in London, the company is passionate about its mission to close the readability gap on the web, especially for students and second language learners. Working with teachers and supporting schools lies at the heart of that mission. Today, the Web for Classrooms is being deployed in varied learning environments to provide easy access to relevant web-based information at the right reading level.

Importantly, our in-house software development team have become leaders in the field of developing machine learning software for readability classification. Our new, 1 to 5 classification system was developed after 4 years of academic research lead by our PhD specialists in natural language processing.

Wizenoze is proud that the Dutch Government gave them an Innovation Credit and also has been awarded a prestigious development grant by Google in recognition of our advanced technology. In addition, our UK expansion is actively supported by the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme at the Department for International Trade, which encourages successful European companies to open up UK offices. More broadly, our latest investments have also been focused on worldwide expansion and our technology is now being deployed in India, Tajikistan, Kenya, the USA and the UAE.

For interview requests or for further information, please contact Leila Walker at leila@wizenoze.com or Diane Janknegt at diane@wizenoze.com.

Pearson UK en Wizenoze kondigen samenwerking aan na Wizenoze’s koninklijke innovatie showcase

Amsterdam, 26 oktober 2018 – Pearson UK en Wizenoze gaan samenwerken om leerlingen en studenten toegang te geven tot een internet dat rekening houdt met leesniveau, leeftijd en relevantie. Tijdens het Staatsbezoek van Koningin Máxima en Koning Willem-Alexander is Wizenoze uitgekozen als innovatie Showcase en heeft Wizenoze haar AI technologie laten zien aan Koningin Máxima, Prins Edward en hun gevolg.

Vol trots heeft Wizenoze haar oplossing voor een relevant internet in de klas – Web for Classrooms – laten zien aan Koningin Máxima en Prins Edward en hun gevolg tijdens het Staatsbezoek aan Engeland deze week.

Het is Wizenoze’s passie om het internet beter toegankelijk te maken voor de onderwijssector, kinderen en jongeren. De technologie van Wizenoze op basis van AI zorgt ervoor dat het leesniveau en de relevantie van informatie van het internet beter aansluit bij de de gebruikers in het onderwijs. Deze toepassing van AI past perfect bij de vele interesses van beide Koningshuizen. Opgericht in Amsterdam, met inmiddels een kantoor in London, is Wizenoze een heel mooi voorbeeld van een bijzonder goede samenwerking tussen Nederland en het Verenigd Koninkrijk.

“We see that the education sector is increasingly switching to the digitisation of teaching content, with students becoming more dependent on public online information. With The Web for Classrooms we offer access to an internet that has been developed for an educational environment. Students gain valuable learning because they are confronted with relevant information, which is readable and comprehensible.”
Dr. Leila Walker, UK Director, Wizenoze

Deze week staat ook in het teken van een structurele samenwerking tussen Wizenoze en Pearson UK. Pearson gaat gebruikmaken van “The Web for Classrooms” voor hun onderwijs producten. Wizenoze heeft een bijzondere relatie met Pearson opgebouwd tijdens het Project Literacy Lab. De samenwerking met Pearson zal vooral gericht zijn op het Basisonderwijs en het Beroepsonderwijs. Samen met Pearson BTEC zal Wizenoze een dynamische versie van hun cursussen ontwikkelen. Daarmee krijgen leerlingen toegang tot een verbeterde digitale leeromgeving zodat ze hun leerstof makkelijker kunnen opnemen. Hun resultaten zullen verbeteren en daarmee hun kansen binnen de arbeidsmarkt.

“We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Wizenoze. As technology expands and the internet becomes more accessible, the greater the need to help learners filter reliable content that is personalised to their reading level. At Pearson, we aim to widen the range of contexts available to learners so to better their learning outcomes. We believe access to Wizenoze’s solution, the Web for Classrooms,  will support this mission. And if the pilot proves successful with our first colleges and BTEC courses then we will broaden access to the Web for Classrooms across all curriculum areas.”
Mrs Cindy Rampersaud, Sr VP, Pearson BTEC and Apprenticeships

Over Web for Classrooms

Speciaal voor het onderwijs heeft Wizenoze Web for Classrooms ontwikkeld: het internet voor in de klas in plaats van voor commerciële doeleinden. Dit in tegenstelling tot andere populaire zoekmachines. Wizenoze heeft Web for Classrooms ontwikkeld als antwoord op onderzoek waaruit bleek dat meer dan 60% van de bevolking het grootste deel van wat op internet geschreven is niet begrijpt.

Wizenoze gebruikt kunstmatige intelligentie om automatisch het leesniveau van online teksten te analyseren. 5 jaar na haar oprichting biedt Wizenoze op maat gemaakte software waarmee andere bedrijven kunnen profiteren van deze nieuwe technologie . Zo wordt Web for Classrooms geïntegreerd in online educatieplatforms om digitale studieboeken te verrijken en in internetbeveiligingssoftware om de whitelisting van websites de verrijken.

“We zien dat de onderwijssector steeds vaker overschakelt naar digitalisering van lesinhoud, waarbij studenten steeds afhankelijker worden van publieke online informatie. Met Web for Classrooms bieden we toegang tot een internet dat is ontwikkeld voor een educatieve omgeving. Studenten kunnen veel effectiever leren, omdat ze alleen worden geconfronteerd met relevante informatie, die leesbaar en begrijpelijk is.”
Diane Janknegt, oprichter, Wizenoze

Wizenoze is erkend als een onderneming met het potentieel om de wereld waarin we leven te veranderen door studenten wereldwijd toegang te bieden tot betrouwbare en leesbare online informatie. Wizenoze werd door Pearson, de bekendste educatieve uitgeverij ter wereld, geselecteerd om deel te nemen aan Project Literacy Lab; ‘s werelds eerste internationale samenwerkingsverband dat zich richt op ondersteuning van snelgroeiende bedrijven die kunnen bijdragen om de wereldwijde kloof op het gebied van geletterdheid te dichten tegen 2030.


Voor de redactie

Wizenoze is op een missie om studenten over de hele wereld te helpen op scholen, in bibliotheken en thuis om relevante online informatie te vinden. Wizenoze is gespecialiseerd in de leesbaarheid en leesniveau-classificatie van geschreven teksten. Het bedrijf werd in 2013 opgericht door Diane Janknegt (ex-directeur, Microsoft) en prof. Dr. Theo Huibers (strategieadviseur & professor, Universiteit Twente).

Opgericht in Amsterdam en met een kantoor in Londen, is het bedrijf gepassioneerd over zijn missie om de leesbaarheidskloof op het web te dichten, vooral voor studenten en tweedetaalleerders. Het werken met docenten en ondersteunende scholen vormt de kern van die missie. Tegenwoordig wordt Web for Classrooms in uiteenlopende leeromgevingen ingezet om gemakkelijke toegang tot relevante webinformatie op het juiste leesniveau te bieden.

Belangrijk is dat ons eigen softwareontwikkelingsteam toonaangevend is geworden op het gebied van het ontwikkelen van machine learning software voor classificatie van leesbaarheid. Ons nieuwe classificatiesysteem voor leesbaarheid van teksten is ontwikkeld na vier jaar academisch onderzoek geleid door onze PhD-specialisten in natuurlijke taalverwerking en machine learning.

Wizenoze is trots dat de Nederlandse overheid hen een innovatiekrediet heeft gegeven. Ook heeft Wizenoze een prestigieuze ontwikkelingssubsidie van Google ontvangen als erkenning voor haar geavanceerde technologie. Daarnaast wordt de uitbreiding in het Verenigd Koninkrijk actief ondersteund door het Global Entrepreneur Programme van de Britse overheid bij de afdeling voor internationale handel, dat succesvolle Europese bedrijven aanmoedigt om Britse kantoren te openen. Meer in het algemeen waren onze nieuwste investeringen ook gericht op wereldwijde expansie en onze technologie wordt nu ingezet in India, de Verenigde Arabische Emiraten, Kenia en de VS.

Neem voor interviewverzoeken of voor meer informatie contact op met Diane Janknegt via diane@wizenoze.com.

Lord Knight calls for more technological solutions, to help democratise education

Amsterdam, October 19, 2018 – Lord Knight of Weymouth, ex Schools Minister for the UK, and currently representing the biggest teacher community in the UK and worldwide at Tes Global Ltd, was the special guest of Wizenoze, a specialist Ai company, that is celebrating its 5th year.

“Access to the internet is still an issue. But, if most people are unable to fully comprehend what is written online, then readability is an even bigger issue. With Wizenoze’s readability technology an internet that can be of educational benefit to all is now available.”
Lord Jim Knight

  • Lord Knight gave a passionate speech regarding the social need to improve how the internet is used in education, if it is to realise its potential to be a tool for all students, regardless of ability or background.
  • The Web for Classrooms was built for education, and not for commerce, unlike other popular search engines.  It was developed in response to research that found over 60% of people cannot understand the majority of what is written online. This figure is highly likely to be an underestimation.
  • Wizenoze uses AI to create a simple 5 -scale ‘reading index’ that curates online content by reading level. Currently, they have a collection of almost 7 million pages.
  • 5 years on from its inception, Wizenoze provides bespoke APIs for customers to take advantage of this new technology. With the Web for Classrooms acting as the go-to search engine on managed school platforms to enriching digital textbooks and to support the whitelisting of websites for internet safety companies.

Wizenoze has been recognised as a venture with the potential to change the world we live in by offering students worldwide easy access to reliable and readable online content through the Web for Classrooms. An active supporter of the global literacy movement. Wizenoze was selected by the world’s leading education company, Pearson, to participate in Project Literacy Lab, the world’s first international partnership focused on supporting rapid growth ventures that are positioned to close the global literacy gap by 2030. The Web for Classrooms has been recognised as an innovative use of Ai that has the ability to quickly scale, worldwide.

“We see that the education sector is increasingly switching to the digitisation of teaching content, with students becoming more dependent on public online information. With The Web for Classrooms, we offer access to an internet that has been developed for an educational environment. Students gain  valuable learning time because they are confronted with relevant information, which is readable and comprehensible.”
Diane Janknegt, Founder, Wizenoze

For interview requests or for further information, please contact Leila Walker at leila@wizenoze.com or Diane Janknegt at diane@wizenoze.com.

Editor’s notes

Wizenoze is on a mission to help students all over the world at schools, in libraries and at home to find relevant content online. Wizenoze specialises in the readability and modern classification of written texts. The company was founded in 2013 by Diane Janknegt (ex-Director, Microsoft) and Prof. Dr Theo Huibers (Strategy Advisor & Professor, Twente University).

Founded in Amsterdam and with a global office in London, the company is passionate about its mission to close the readability gap on the web, especially for students and second language learners. Working with teachers and supporting schools lies at the heart of that mission. Today, the Web for Classrooms is being deployed in varied learning environments to provide easy access to relevant web-based information at the right reading level.

Importantly, our in-house software development team have become leaders in the field of developing machine learning software for readability classification. Our new, 1 to 5 classification system was developed after 4 years of academic research lead by our PhD specialists in natural language processing.

Wizenoze is proud that the Dutch Government gave them an Innovation Credit and also has been awarded a prestigious development grant by Google in recognition of our advanced technology. In addition, our UK expansion is actively supported by the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme at the Department for International Trade, which encourages successful European companies to open up UK offices. More broadly, our latest investments have also been focused on worldwide expansion and our technology is now being deployed in India, Tajikistan, Kenya, the USA and the UAE.

Lord Knight roept op tot meer technologische oplossingen om het onderwijs te democratiseren

Amsterdam, 19 oktober 2018 – Lord Knight of Weymouth gaf gisteren een gepassioneerde toespraak over de sociale noodzaak om het gebruik van internet in het onderwijs te verbeteren, wil het een hulpmiddel worden voor alle studenten, ongeacht leerniveau of achtergrond. Hij deed dit als speciale gast van IT bedrijf Wizenoze op haar 5e verjaardagsfeest. Lord Knight is ex minister van educatie voor het Verenigd Koninkrijk en momenteel Chief bij de grootste docentengemeenschap in het Verenigd Koninkrijk en wereldwijd, genaamd Tes Global ltd.

“Toegang tot internet is nog altijd een wereldwijd probleem. Maar als de meeste mensen met toegang tot internet niet volledig kunnen bevatten wat er online is geschreven, is leesbaarheid en toegankelijkheid van het internet een nog groter probleem. Met de leesbaarheidstechnologie van Wizenoze is nu een internet beschikbaar waar het hele onderwijs van kan profiteren.”
– Lord Jim Knight –

Web for Classrooms

Speciaal voor het onderwijs heeft Wizenoze Web for Classrooms ontwikkeld. In tegenstelling tot andere populaire zoekmachines, biedt Wizenoze hiermee het internet voor in de klas in plaats van voor commerciele doeleinden. Wizenoze heeft Web for Classrooms ontwikkeld als antwoord op onderzoek waaruit bleek dat meer dan 60% van de bevolking het grootste deel van wat op internet geschreven is niet begrijpt.

Wizenoze gebruikt kunstmatige intelligentie om automatisch het leesniveau van online teksten te analyseren. 5 jaar na haar oprichting biedt Wizenoze op maat gemaakte software waarmee andere bedrijven kunnen profiteren van deze nieuwe technologie . Zo wordt Web for Classrooms geïntegreerd in online educatieplatforms om digitale studieboeken te verrijken en in internetbeveiligingssoftware om de whitelisting van websites de verrijken.

“We zien dat de onderwijssector steeds vaker overschakelt naar digitalisering van lesinhoud, waarbij studenten steeds afhankelijker worden van publieke online informatie. Met Web for Classrooms bieden we toegang tot een internet dat is ontwikkeld voor een educatieve omgeving. Studenten kunnen veel effectiever leren, omdat ze alleen worden geconfronteerd met relevante informatie, die leesbaar en begrijpelijk is.”
Diane Janknegt, oprichter, Wizenoze

Leesniveauclassificatie

Wizenoze gebruikt kunstmatige intelligentie om automatisch het leesniveau van online teksten te analyseren. 5 jaar na haar oprichting biedt Wizenoze op maat gemaakte software waarmee andere bedrijven kunnen profiteren van deze nieuwe technologie. Zo wordt Web for Classrooms geïntegreerd in online educatieplatforms om digitale studieboeken te verrijken en in internetbeveiligingssoftware om de whitelisting van websites de verrijken.

Project Literacy Lab

Wizenoze is erkend als een onderneming met het potentieel om de wereld waarin we leven te veranderen door studenten wereldwijd toegang te bieden tot betrouwbare en leesbare online informatie. Pearson, de bekendste educatieve uitgeverij ter wereld, heeft Wizenoze geselecteerd om deel te nemen aan Project Literacy Lab. Dat is ‘s werelds eerste internationale samenwerkingsverband dat zich richt op ondersteuning van snelgroeiende bedrijven die kunnen bijdragen om de wereldwijde kloof op het gebied van geletterdheid te dichten tegen 2030.


Voor de redactie

Wizenoze werd in september 2013 opgericht door Diane Janknegt (ex-Microsoft, Inspiring Fifty) en Prof. dr. Theo Huibers (Universiteit Twente). Hun visie is om goede content toegankelijk te maken voor kinderen, jongeren, laaggeletterden en iedereen die op een makkelijker leesniveau informatie wilt lezen. Aan deze disruptieve technologie werkt een internationaal team van onderwijzers, wetenschappers en ontwikkelaars, gespecialiseerd in taaltechnologie, zoektechnologie en Artificial Intelligence. Wizenoze is aan het begin van 2018 internationaal uitgerold.

Voor vragen over dit persbericht kunt u contact opnemen met Diane Janknegt via diane@wizenoze.com.

Access to the internet is not the magic bullet for equality in education – a readable web is

By: Leila Khouja Walker, UK Lead at Wizenoze

The internet is such an integral part of our lives. In fact, it has become a human rights violation for governments to purposely obstruct its citizens’ access to it. That’s according to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

In July 2016, the UN passed a resolution (26/13) that addressed what many of us already knew. It is critical that we increase access to the internet, as it “facilitates vast opportunities for affordable and inclusive education globally”.

Fans of the internet believe that the web can significantly improve standards of living. With health and education services increasingly becoming available online. However, governments have fallen short of delivering the internet for the masses. in 2017, 3.6 billion people were online. This means around 53% of the world’s population remain without access to the internet.

Access alone is not the answer to unlocking universal education opportunities

We need to start distinguishing between technical access and reading access. For many people the amount of information can be overwhelming and finding specific content within pages and pages of search results can be daunting.

Additionally, a large proportion of the available information is actually too hard to understand for almost half of the global population.

It is thought that as much as 70% of published written content is not understood by the majority of readers. At Wizenoze we have data to show that more than 41% of users leave websites because the text is too difficult to read. This is known as the Readability Gap. It is the difference between the reading level of a visitor and the reading level of the text they are reading.

The Readability Gap is at its most acute for students. But it is not only students been impacted. Many teachers are themselves unable to access the highest reading levels.

A safe internet will not educate without enabling access to good content

The current online environment for children and students focuses on blocking inappropriate information through filters. Filtering is a good solution to protect users from harmful information. However, it is not a solution that helps users get access to information they can understand. The information that gets through the filters is very often not relevant or is commercially driven. Importantly, most of the information online is still too difficult to read and understand.

The answer to a readable web is already here

In response to the global need to support online users with content they can source at their reading level, Wizenoze with its sophisticated readability technology has created a readable web.

The Web for Classrooms is the largest curated safe-for-school collection of online content for students available in the world today. The Web for Classrooms provides rapid access for students and teachers to over 6 million pages of curriculum supportive online material. Curated by teachers and sourced only from trusted sources – all searchable by reading level.

Try for yourself for free.

This post previously appeared as a guest blog in the September issue of the TLA Education newsletter.

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