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.”

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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.

Pearson, an Investor in Knewton, Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products

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Throughout the past decade, Knewton ’s adaptive learning technology has been backed by some of the biggest names in the both the publishing and venture capital community. Pearson will no longer use Knewton’s adaptive learning engine for some of its digital offerings. The retrenchment delivers a setback to Knewton, for whom Pearson was the first—and most visible—partner. Through these partnerships, Knewton tags digital content with metadata and maps them onto a learning path.

Pearson To Scale Back Partnership With Adaptive Learning Provider Knewton

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The post Pearson To Scale Back Partnership With Adaptive Learning Provider Knewton appeared first on Market Brief. Going forward, Pearson “is developing its own in-house adaptive learning capability,” said a representative for the company. Marketplace K-12 Curriculum/Digital Curriculum Online/Virtual Learning Personalized/Adaptive Learning

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.

Knewton, HP team up on personalized print solutions

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

Founder of Adaptive Learning Company Knewton to Leave CEO Position

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The post Founder of Adaptive Learning Company Knewton to Leave CEO Position appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Adaptive Learning Educational Technology/Ed-Tech KnewtonJose, Ferreira, who launched the global adaptive technology company in 2008, will remain on the board of directors.

Knewton Launches Partnerships With Ed. Companies in China, Japan

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Knewton has established partnerships with companies in about 20 countries outside the United States, where demand for ed-tech is growing. Assessment Ed-tech International K-12 Markets International Markets Online Learning Publishing adaptivelearning assessment testing

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

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Knewton (algorithmic textbooks) – $157.25

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.

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.

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

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sought to find out, and gave money to 14 colleges and universities to test some of the most popular “adaptive learning” software in the marketplace, including products from a Pearson-Knewton joint venture, from a unit of McGraw-Hill Education called ALEKS and from the Open Learning Initiative. Even proponents of educational technology admit that a lot of software sold to schools isn’t very good.

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.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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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. 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.

Gamification in Education

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

Real Questions About Artificial Intelligence in Education

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Can adaptive platforms (such as ALEKS or Knewton) help students learn the facts and enable the teachers to guides? Don’t doubt it: Machine learning is hot—and getting hotter. For the past two years, public interest in building complex algorithms that automatically “learn” and improve from their own operations, or experience (rather than explicit programming) has been growing. Call it “artificial intelligence,” or (better) “machine learning.”

Yes There’s ‘Disruption’ in College Market, But the Bigger Trend Is Growth of ‘Enabler’ Companies

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And, over the last year – alongside the disrupters – firms that provide technologies that help colleges and universities operate and deliver in a digital world have garnered some of the more significant venture funding rounds, including for example Panopto (lecture capture), Kaltura (video), Examity (remote proctoring), and Knewton (analytics), among others. The rallying cry among many higher-education startups is “disrupting” college as we know it.

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.

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.

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

The Asian Money Fueling US Edtech Investments

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9 million (A) 2016 Fosun Group Kaymbu $2 million (Seed) 2016 Sinovation Ventures Knewton $52 million (F) 2016 TAL Education KnowRe $6.8 edtech startups, including Enuma , Knewton , Minerva Project , Ready4 and Volley. “ You Can’t Make Movies Without China.” So states a recent Wall Street Journal report on the tens of billions of dollars that Chinese companies have poured on U.S. film and production studios.

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education

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And as we do so, perhaps we’ll learn that learning styles—not the simplistic notion we have today, but, as Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton wrote , “that different ways of learning certain concepts are more or less productive for certain students”—do indeed exist.

Saddle Up for Silicon Slopes! Our Guide to the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit

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The conference also welcomes the return of familiar faces in new gigs: former Knewton CEO is now with Bakpax, and Los Angeles Unified’s former superintendent John Deasy will share plans for rebuilding prisons to better serve incarcerated youths. Polish the dress shoes. Stiffen those shirt collars. This week, many of the education industry’s bigwigs are planning their annual pilgrimage to the next “ tech mecca ” of America.

What’s At Risk When Schools Focus Too Much on Student Data?

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Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his “adaptive learning” platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem. Have you ever seen a school data wall? In a struggling Newark, N.J., public school, I’ve seen bulletin boards showing the test scores of each grade compared with state averages.

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Of Openness, Ecosystems, and Type I and Type II Error

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In it, he reflects on several topics, including his honest misgivings about the recent OpenStax / Knewton partnership announcement. Andrew Rickard has written a thoughtful essay on OER, open pedagogy, and commercial interests.

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5 Doubts About Data-Driven Schools

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Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton , said in a 2012 speech that his "adaptive learning" platform, used by 10 million students globally, collects 5 to 10 million data points per student per day — down to how many seconds it takes you to answer that algebra problem. "We

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

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According to excerpts of speeches published by Wikileaks – stolen data – Clinton called the Common Core a “political failure” in a speech she gave to Knewton. Neither Knewton nor the Clinton campaign have confirmed the veracity of this leaked speech. Presidential Campaign Politics. There’s less than a month left of the 2016 Presidential campaign and The End can’t come soon enough. On Sunday, Clinton and Trump held their second debate.

The Politics of Education Technology

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I wrote about his education portfolio – it includes Clever, Knewton, and AltSchool – but I’ll revisit this topic when I tackle ed-tech and surveillance “personalization” in a subsequent article in this series.). This is part two of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. One of the challenges of writing this series – and trust me, there are many – is separating my analysis out into ten articles that name ten distinct “trends.”

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Knewton has partnered with WebAssign. Presidential Campaign Politics. Via the Washington Post : “ Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state.” ” The plan: vouchers and “ choice.” ” Also via WaPo : “ Trump pays IRS a penalty for his foundation violating rules with gift to aid Florida attorney general.”

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.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Online video portal Udemy announced that it has raised $3 million Adaptive learning company Knewton announced a massive round of fundraising: $33 million. While initially focusing on test prep, Knewton has recently expanded into universities, where its adaptive learning platform is used in some remedial classes, helping tailor coursework for students in math.

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He’s a partner at Founders Fund, which has invested in Knewton, AltSchool, Uversity, ResearchGate, If You Can, Upstart, Declara, and Affirm. Education Politics. Officials from 11 states are suing the Obama Administration over the guidance it recently issued regarding transgender bathroom policies and civil rights law. The states: Alabama , Georgia , Louisiana , Oklahoma , Tennessee , Texas , Utah , West Virginia , Maine , Wisconsin , and Arizona. More via The New York Times.

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