Generative AI

HMH Acquires Writable, Launches AI and Emerging Technology Incubator HMH Labs

Learning technology company HMH has acquired software company Writable, building on a longstanding partnership that has included the integration of Writable's research-backed writing assessment and practice solution with HMH's core ELA offerings for grades 3–12, HMH said in a news release.

Capitalizing on the acquisition of Writable, HMH also announced plans to establish a “new incubation team focused on the development and customer experience of emerging technologies, including generative AI,” to be named HMH Labs, the company said. Writable CEO and co-founder Andrew Goldman will become executive vice president of HMH Labs; the group “will expand upon and support HMH's focus on innovative technology and continue to develop Writable,” according to the announcement.

The HMH Labs team will seek to “develop cutting-edge solutions that drive student growth by creating differentiated and dynamic learning experiences that constantly improve based on learner and teacher interaction,” HMH said.

The two companies have collaborated since 2018, when Writable's personalized writing feedback and revision tool for students was first integrated into HMH Into Reading and HMH Into Literature. 

Writable’s OpenAI-powered integrations have enabled teachers to incorporate AI-suggested feedback and scores into their instruction since last fall, HMH noted. 

“This solution reinforces HMH's commitment to a human-centered approach to advanced technology like generative AI, one that enables and extends the valuable work of teachers, blending the best of technology with the best of the classroom experience,” the company said.

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Kristal Kuykendall is editor, 1105 Media Education Group. She can be reached at [email protected].