Founder of Adaptive Learning Company Knewton to Leave CEO Position

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Hitting Reset, Knewton Tries New Strategy: Competing With Textbook Publishers

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Knewton drew heaps of hype and investment by promising to provide artificial-intelligence technology to major textbook companies to make their content more adaptive. The move marks a major turn for Knewton, which has raised more than $157 million in venture capital based largely on a promise to provide the high-tech engine inside online textbooks created by publishers and organizations. On its website, Knewton describes its new online textbooks as “ course products.”

Knewton launches free, open adaptive learning platform

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Adaptive learning provider Knewton has launched a free, open personalized learning platform. Knewton will host open content and free supplemental lessons on a wide variety of subjects and grade levels, starting with K-12 math, English, science, and history.

Amid Struggles, Knewton Names Former Pearson Exec as New CEO

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Knewton pioneered adaptive-learning technology and amassed more than $157 million in venture capital, but lately the company has weathered through the loss of publishing partners and the departure of its outspoken founder. To turn things around, this week Knewton announced a new CEO , Brian Kibby, who plans to move at “lightning speed” and execute a new strategy. I said, if it’s Knewton, I’m very interested, but if it’s not Knewton, I’m not.”

Classi, Knewton to launch adaptive learning courses abroad

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Knewton has announced a partnership with Classi to provide adaptive learning solutions to Japanese public schools. Knewton will power Classi’s digital courses to help high school students get a more personalized learning experience.

Knewton, HP team up on personalized print solutions

eSchool News

Adaptive learning provider Knewton has unveiled Personalized Print Learning Solutions with HP to make adaptive learning materials seamlessly available across print and digital platforms.

'Adaptive' K-12 Print Products Unveiled by HP, Knewton

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Silicon Valley tech company HP and Knewton, the developer of digital learner profiles, are partnering on an effort to bring "adaptive" print products into K-12 schools. Ed-tech Online Learning Publishing adaptivelearning print publishing

Jose Ferreira Steps Down as Knewton CEO, Eyes Next Education Startup

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Knewton has decided to step down from the perch and lay low—for now. Ferreira’s decision marks the end of a nearly nine-year run at Knewton, where he strived to build technology to pinpoint what students know, don’t know and should learn next. Knewton initially applied this technology to test prep content “to convince people that our data-driven recommendations would stand,” says Ferreira.

K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $52M; Imagine K12 Merges with Y Combinator

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Venture capital deals in the ed-tech market dominated the news over the past week, with companies such as Knewton, SchoolMint, and NuuEd announcing the completion of funding rounds as well as ed-tech accelerator Imagine K12 merging with the Y Combinator fund. The round, led by Belgium-based Sofina and London-based Atomico, marks Knewton’s largest fundraising round to date, the company said.

K-12 Dealmaking: Apple Acquires Learnsprout; Pearson, Knewton Turn to Adaptive Math

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Recent dealmaking news includes acquisitions by Apple and Excelligence Learning, and partnership between Pearson and Knewton. Pearson, Knewton Form Partnership: Pearson and Knewton have teamed up in an effort to “personalize” K–12 math education starting with elementary school students. Utilizing New York-based Knewton’s adaptive learning platform, Pearson says it will update its digital curriculum, enVisionMATH2.0. The Knewton-powered enVisionMATH2.0

Ed-Tech Venture Capital Boom, and the K-12 Part of the Pie: It's Complicated

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Ed-tech Venture Capital cbinsights edtech educationinvestment knewton venturecapitalInvestment in ed-tech startups hit $2.3 billion in the year ending June 30, but K-12 schools aren't the largest slice of the pie, according to CB Insights.

Ed-Tech Venture Capital Boom, and the K-12 Part of the Pie: It's Complicated

Marketplace K-12

Ed-tech Venture Capital cbinsights edtech educationinvestment knewton venturecapitalInvestment in ed-tech startups hit $2.3 billion in the year ending June 30, but K-12 schools aren't the largest slice of the pie, according to CB Insights.

Gamification in the classroom

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Created by Knewton and Column Five Media The following is an example of a gamification project in History class: games gamification history PBL I''ve been recently learning a lot about the value of games and playing them in the classroom.

Blended Learning with EDpuzzle

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Check out this great infographic from Knewton to learn more about blended learning (I also embedded at the bottom of this post). There is an increase interest diversifying and engaging how students learn within and outside the classroom.

K-12 Dealmaking: Investor Weld North, Learn Launch Make Big Moves

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TAL Invests in Knewton: TAL Education Group (NYSE: XRS ), a K-12 after-school tutoring services provider in China, announced a strategic investment in New York-based Knewton , a global provider of adaptive learning products. TAL joins Knewton’s latest round of funding, which is led by Sofina, a Belgian investment group. Knewton has an established international footprint. By Alexa J. Henry.

School of Me: Letting students study what they want, when they want is the latest education trend

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Some education technology developers, such as Knewton, say machines can figure out what students need to know and how best to deliver it. For instance, Waggle, a program powered by Knewton’s technology, serves students new tasks based on how well they did on previous tasks.

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Global Ed-Tech Funding, Propelled by Big Deals, Reaches New Record

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based adaptive learning company Knewton recently announced it was forming a partnership with 17zuoye , which describes itself as the largest online education platform in that country. Knewton Launches Partnerships With Ed.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

MindShift

Some education technology developers, such as Knewton, say machines can figure out what students need to know and how best to deliver it. For instance, Waggle, a program powered by Knewton’s technology, serves students new tasks based on how well they did on previous tasks. Knewton’s claim to fame (and some are skeptical of it) is that it provides the right difficulty and the right presentation, and can find whatever style students seem to like best.

'The Ed-Tech Mafia'

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He’s also an investor in the private school AltSchool, the education data company Clever, the adaptive textbook company Knewton, the coding bootcamp Thinkful, the student loan company SoFi, and many others. Knewton founder Jose Ferreira formerly worked at Kaplan.

Consolidation, collaboration or closure? How colleges stay alive in 2018

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That said, this will be the year that OER goes mainstream thanks to the launch of Cengage’s OpenNow, the other publishers’ inevitable response, and increased efforts of new courseware providers like Top Hat and Knewton. The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises. Prominent full-time MBA and law programs folded. Whole colleges closed, as did well-known bootcamps. Purdue and Kaplan University stunned the higher education world.

Basketball-style breakthroughs in teaching

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For example, as students complete online lessons using the adaptive-learning platform Knewton , the software measures each student’s learning growth and analyzes statistically which activities would be most effective for helping that student make learning gains. Although Knewton’s approach incorporates data only from online-learning experiences, it isn’t hard to imagine a similar approach that also includes data from offline activities.

K-12 Dealmaking: Khan Academy Acquires App Developer; GradeSlam Raises $1.6 Million

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WebAssign, Knewton Form Partnership: WebAssign , provider of digital instructional solutions for faculty and students, has formed an alliance with adaptive learning company Knewton , according to a statement. “We’re We’re excited to be working with Knewton to integrate their adaptive learning technology into WebAssign,” said Mark Santee, vice president of business development and marketing at WebAssign.

With Eyes on Asia, Kidaptive Raises $19.1M to Grow Its ‘Invisible’ Adaptive Learning Platform

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Once the industry’s poster child for adaptive learning, Knewton boasted working with dozens of publishers, including Pearson and McGraw-Hill. Arena says he’s familiar with Knewton, adding that his team is “proceeding slowly and cautiously” in its external partnership and business development work. When some kids grow up, they stop gaming and go abroad. That metaphor might describe the journey that Kidaptive took on its way to a major fundraise.

Gamification in Education

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It is from Knewton Learning. Below is a great infographic on Gamification in Education.

The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

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Knewton (algorithmic textbooks) – $157.25

Gamification in Education

elearning, mobile learning, gamification and more

It is from Knewton Learning. Below is a great infographic on Gamification in Education.

Learning From Algorithms: Who Controls AI in Higher Ed, And Why It Matters (Part 2)

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Ones used directly for academics (like Knewton) or ones that are non-academic? With Knewton, that is this notion of personalized and adaptive instruction. And so what Knewton does—and what any personalized and adaptive technology does—is, you design tasks for students to do in the interface. Colleges often experiment with artificial intelligence to help spot when students need special help, part of an effort to draw predictions from data.

APLU Announces Adaptive-Courseware Grants: Bringing Scale to Scale

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Knewton. Pearson MyLab & Mastering (with Knewton). Last week the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) announced seven universities will receive grants to use adaptive courseware in an effort to achieve higher completion rates at lower costs.

Hack Education Weekly News

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From the Knewton blog : “ Introducing Knewton Product Updates for Fall 2017.” (National) Education Politics. “The Trump Administration Has Revoked A Federal Directive On Campus Rape ,” Buzzfeed reports. More on the decision in The New York Times. US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos ’ “learning curve where higher ed is concerned is quite vertical,” quips UC president Janet Napolitano.

Hack Education Weekly News

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” According to Edsurge , Knewton is now a courseware company and not a “robot tutor in the sky.” ” Knewton has raised some $157 million in venture capital. ( No disclosure that Edsurge shares investors – GSV Capital – with Knewton.). (National) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “ DeVos calls America still ‘a nation at risk ,’ cheers GOP tax plan.”

Consolidation, Collaboration or Closure? How Colleges Stay Alive in 2018

Edsurge

That said, this will be the year that OER goes mainstream thanks to the launch of Cengage’s OpenNow, the other publishers’ inevitable response, and increased efforts of new courseware providers like Top Hat and Knewton. The last year certainly turned in its share of surprises. Prominent full-time MBA and law programs folded. Whole colleges closed, as did well-known bootcamps. Purdue and Kaplan University stunned the higher education world. Strayer and Capella entered into a mega-merger.

Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning

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And companies like Knewton are targeting schools taking a personalized approach. Recently I was invited by the Natick, Mass. public schools to attend an Apple Distinguished Schools Day where Natick shared its blended learning approach with other schools and districts.

Tinkergarten Raises $5.4M to Get Kids to Go Outside, Play and Learn

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For Brian Fitzgerald, what began as a newborn side project in 2012—when he was working at edtech startup Knewton—has become a fully-grown venture of its own. Tinkergarten , which operates a network of outdoor-based classes for young children, has raised $5.4 million in a Series A round led by Owl Ventures. Existing investors Omidyar Network and Reach Capital also contributed. Disclosure: all three are also investors in EdSurge.) The Northampton, Mass.-based based startup has now raised $8.3

Peter Thiel and the Future (and Funding) of Education Technology

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Knewton (adaptive teaching software). The New York Times reported over the weekend that, despite a growing number of women who’ve come forward in the last week claiming that Donald Trump has groped or assaulted them, billionaire investor Peter Thiel will be making his first donation to the Republican Party candidate’s presidential campaign. While some have scoffed that the size of the donation – $1.25

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via Edsurge : “ Pearson , an Investor in Knewton , Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products.” ” No disclosure in the story that Edsurge shares investors with Knewton , nor that Pearson is, by way of Learn Capital, also an investor in Edsurge. Education Politics. Via The Washington Post : “ Trump ’s first full education budget : Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice.”

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Nevertheless, Knewton claims Knewton’s personalized learning products work. This is part nine of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. Facebook’s Plans to “Personalize” Education.

Open Doesn’t Guarantee Outcomes: It Creates Opportunity

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We should update that study for a world in which a printed OpenStax math textbook costs $ 58 and aligned online homework costs $ 23 from WebAssign or $ 30 from XYZ or $ 40 from Knewton.) It’s a real compliment to be compared to John Perry Barlow, even if it’s because someone is claiming you’re both wrong in the same way. Nate’s post this week compares statements by JPB and me, and finds them both too simplistic in their optimism.

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