London-based educational video platform Boclips has acquired Listenwise, which supplies curriculum-geared podcasts for grades 2 to 12.

Headquartered in Boston, Boclips provides access to more than two million rights-cleared clips from over 350 sources, ranging from news programming from The Wall Street Journal through Ted Talks, to specialist tutorial videos from The Smithsonian. Its content management system enables users to locate videos for school or university curricula, and its customers include courseware developers, ed tech solutions providers, as well as ministries of education across the Middle East and Asia.

Listenwise offers a library of curriculum-aligned podcasts paired with learning tools and listening comprehension assessments for classroom grades 2 to 12.

Boclips’ chief executive David Bainbridge said: “The extraordinary team who have developed Listenwise share Boclips’ mission to make learning more captivating for all age ranges through the power of rich media. We look forward to adding their podcasts to our vast library of millions of curated videos, which are aligned to both subject and age-level. By teaming up with Listenwise we will be able to provide our rich media library directly to school districts, digital teaching platforms, and learning institutions of all kinds around the world.”

Monica Brady-Myerov, founder and chief executive of Listenwise, commented: “We’re thrilled to join forces with Boclips to accelerate the impact of audio for students in every market. Boclips and Listenwise share a mission to captivate students by curating the best media for learning and making them easy to integrate into instruction. I am excited to be able to grow that mission. Bringing together the leaders in audio and video is an ideal combination for educators and course developers.”

Boclips also announced the appointment of two ed tech executives as observers on its board: Felipe Sommer, founder of Nearpod, and Jean Hammond, co-founder and general partner of LearnLaunch Accelerator and education investor.

Date published: 3 November 2021

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