IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - July/August 2016 - 10
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Harriet Green, IBM general
manager of Watson Internet
of Things, Commerce and
Education, is pictured here
'W' Is for 'Watson'
Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit that produces "Sesame Street," announced a three-year agreement with IBM Watson* to
develop educational products. These products aim to adapt to the learning styles and aptitudes of preschoolers using Watson's
cognitive computing technology and Sesame's early childhood expertise.
By combing through more than 1,000 studies on how young children learn best and picking up on patterns, Watson can create
highly personalized learning experiences, which complement the role parents and teachers play in a child's development. Watson
will continuously hone and improve educational activities by studying and adapting to the aggregate experiences of anonymized
groups of students.
"We believe that bringing education together with technology is a key to improving early learning in this country and around
the world," says Jeffrey D. Dunn, CEO of Sesame Workshop. "A generation ago, 'Sesame Street' used the ubiquitous presence
of television to reach vulnerable children who did not have access to the learning opportunities that affluent and middle-class
kids did. It worked very well. Now, through this collaboration with IBM and Watson, we expect to develop the next generation of
tailored learning tools. Ultimately, the goal is to provide children from all socio-economic backgrounds with the opportunity for
meaningful, personalized education in their most formative years."
To find out more, visit the Watson Internet of Things website (ibm.co/1QCbIY6).
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