- Bloomberg reports that Amplify, media company News Corp.'s high profile foray into education, is winding down its tablet program and has discontinued orders for new tablets with its Asian supplier.
- The program originally supplied tablets custom designed for educator uses like tracking student performance but few districts purchased them.
- The head of Amplify's tablet division departed earlier this year, followed by the head of the testing unit.
The news of the possible end to the tablet division comes amidst former New York schools chancellor Joel Klein's overhaul of Amplify. News Corp. has reportedly invested $1 billion in its education division, which has posted losses the last two years. Amplify has been plagued by technical glitches during its product launches, particularly in the tablet division, and an overly complicated internal structure. At one time, the division listed over a dozen high-level executives who oversaw a wide array of programs that often failed to work together.
Klein has aggressively streamlined the company, in an initiative known as "One Amplify" within the company. In internal memos obtained by EdSurge in April, Klein indicated his desire to see more of the company's products working in concert. "We have several groundbreaking products in early literacy instruction, assessment and intervention….How much more transformative could it be if they all worked together?" he wrote.
With the likely end of Amplify's foray into the tablet market, it's not clear what Klein's next step will be in carving out Amplify's niche.