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Initiatives Rooted in Business Activities:Providing new ways to learn by incorporating digital technology into education

Initiatives Rooted in Business Activities :
Providing new ways to learn by incorporating digital technology into education

Incorporating digital technology into education makes it possible to enhance children's capacity to understand and their motivation to learn. The Benesse Group is promoting the adoption of digital technology in the respective domains of its correspondence course business, school and teacher support business and prep school business. In doing so, the Group will continue to provide new educational formats that make learning and understanding an exciting and fun experience.

Web-based Language Lessons

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Berlitz Corporation has developed the Berlitz Virtual Classroom, offering Berlitz’s person-to-person lessons at home, at the office, and anywhere, either in Japan or overseas, that has an Internet connection. Students can receive lessons tailored to their own level and what they want to learn in an environment that offers a great deal of freedom, whether that be just classroom lessons, virtual classes, or a combination of the two.

Berlitz Corporation, SIMUL INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Individualized Web Study Support

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Shinken Zemi Shogaku Koza is a correspondence education course aimed at elementary school children offered by Benesse Corporation. From the April 2020 edition, students using its tablet-based Challenge Touch course for Grades 3-6 will be able to complete the problems in the mathematics and Japanese subjects and submit them from their tablets for correction by one of Shinken Zemi’s teachers, known as Akapen Sensei.
Today, some 80% of the approximately 10,000 Akapen Sensei teachers around Japan use digital environments, such as computers and pen tablets, to assist students. With this new service, the entire process, from setting the problems to individual marking, can now all be completed speedily on a tablet.

Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, Inc. started a new learning service "High-speed exercise V-Style" (V-style) to strengthen teaching skills for university entrance exams for senior high school students. V-style is a visual learning service aimed at better addressing the need for exam preparation strategies targeting multi-subject examinations due to an increase in the number of students taking the National Center Test and the diversification of the entrance exam system. The service is also designed to increase the benefits of intensive short-term exam preparation strategies. With this service, students can repeat exercises while watching a lecture video categorized by theme. Students can work on necessary exercises intensively in a short period of time.

The members-only website of Ochanomizu Seminar Co., Ltd. has been upgraded with features that improve customer satisfaction for students and guardians. The site can now be used to confirm academic performance, such as test results, as well as class attendance. Voice-Doctor, a teaching tool that uses the voices of native English speakers, is also now available for download via the members-only site. The Ochanomizu Seminar website also provides "Video on Key Points for Taking the National Center Test," a feature accessible to non-member students as well. Six videos covering exams three subjects are posted on the website during the National Center Test week. Ochanomizu Seminar instructors explain the main points of the National Center Test, providing information not only to Ochanomizu Seminar members but also to numerous other test takers.

UP Inc. provides "E-Lecture," an educational service that enables students to participate in live (interactive) distance learning lessons attended by multiple students using the Internet. The service also provides a video on demand (VOD) distance learning system, which enables students to view lessons at their convenience. In the live (interactive) distance learning lessons, a key feature of "E-Lecture," students can use a "Response" button to quickly and easily communicate with the instructor as if they were responding to the lecture in real time. Through this function, UP is seeking to build a system that allows students to participate in lessons even more proactively than they would in a real classroom setting. In this manner, UP is developing a lesson format that can only be achieved on the Internet.

Tokyo Individualized Educational Institute, INC.,