Tech for Early Learning
Renaissance Adds Early Literacy Web App
- By Dian Schaffhauser
has acquired Lalilo,
an early literacy company that was started in Paris in 2016 by three
graduates of École Polytechnique with a goal of ending illiteracy.
Terms of the deal were not made public.
Lalilo produces a
web-based literacy app for K-2 teachers and students. The program
offers "visually engaging" activities to help students
develop their phonological and phonemic awareness, letter and word
recognition, comprehension and fluency, vocabulary, writing and
social literacy. Teachers get data tracking and planning tools. The
basic service is free for teachers; a premium edition adds extra
features, including additional data reporting functionality.
designed to work as a complement to any teacher's instructional
method and curriculum, and supports students in elements that are
critical to success in literacy learning," said Laurent Jolie,
co-founder of Lalilo, in a press release. "Together, Renaissance
and Lalilo share a similar mission of accelerating learning for all
children — no matter where learning happens. We are excited to join
Renaissance and expand the reach of Lalilo to help children worldwide
develop essential skills for literacy success."
learn has been our area of expertise for 35 years," added Todd
Brekhus, chief product officer at Renaissance. "With the
addition of Lalilo, we will deliver an exceptional solution to our
most common customer request — that we provide a powerful early
learning solution to support students who are learning to read."
Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.