Knewton launches free, open adaptive learning platform

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‘Friendly robot-tutor in the sky’ delivers on-demand, hyper-personalized learning. Adaptive learning provider Knewton has launched a free, open personalized learning platform. Any individual can create or use state-of-the-art supplemental lessons to provide students with unique learning paths in real-time. Think of it as a friendly robot-tutor in the sky,” said Jose Ferreira, Knewton founder and CEO. Knewton is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge.

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.

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Wiley to Acquire Knewton’s Assets, Marking an End to an Expensive Startup Journey

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In the second eye-raising deal for the higher-ed publishing industry in as many weeks, Wiley, a major textbook publisher, has agreed to acquire the assets of Knewton, a provider of digital courseware and adaptive-learning technologies. Last year, Wiley disclosed paying $200 million in cash for The Learning House, a provider of online program management services for higher-ed institutions. And around 2017, publishers including Pearson that once used Knewton began to pull back.

Knewton Was Acquired For Less Than $17M, and Former CEO Brian Kibby Has Left

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When Wiley announced back in May that it had acquired Knewton, both companies kept mum on how much the deal was worth. In its most recent earnings report , which covers the three months ended July 31, 2019, Wiley disclosed that it had “spent $73 million in total on acquisitions in the quarter, including zyBooks and Knewton.” The math suggests that Knewton was acquired for less than $17 million.

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.”

Classi, Knewton to launch adaptive learning courses abroad

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Partnership will bring personalized learning products to high schools in Japan. 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. By integrating with Knewton, Classi will enable teachers to assign adaptive practice materials for high school math students.

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

Pearson To Scale Back Partnership With Adaptive Learning Provider Knewton

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

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. He offered a vehicular analogy: “Knewton is a Ferrari, but we’re in a Kia market.

Knewton, HP team up on personalized print solutions

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Personalized print learning solutions could help close the gap between online, print worlds by letting publishers and teachers tailor materials for students’ individual needs. Adaptive learning provider Knewton has unveiled Personalized Print Learning Solutions with HP to make adaptive learning materials seamlessly available across print and digital platforms. Students can learn using printed and/or digital adaptive content.

Knewton’s New Business Attracts New $25M in Funding. But Some Things Don’t Change.

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The company that set the bar for hyping adaptive-learning technology has had to adapt to new leadership and a new business model. Knewton has raised $25 million in a new funding round—the eighth since it launched in 2008. But Knewton’s newest backer, TriplePoint Capital, seems eager to offer a lifeline for the company’s new business model: selling digital courseware directly to higher-ed institutions. “We’re

'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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Few technologists have championed the role of big data, personalized learning and many other education buzzwords as vociferously and for as long as Jose Ferreira. 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. What’s all the buzz about adaptive learning really about?

K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $25 Million; Barnes & Noble Education Acquires PaperRater.com

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In this week’s dealmaking news, adaptive learning products and technologies provider Knewton raised $25 million. The post K-12 Dealmaking: Knewton Raises $25 Million; Barnes & Noble Education Acquires PaperRater.com appeared first on Market Brief. Also, Barnes & Noble Education acquired PaterRater.com, while Codeverse raised $10 million.

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. In addition, the sector saw several new partnerships spring up, such as Edmentum’s new partnership with WebbAlign and Learning Forward joining forces with Amplify, the former digital education division of News Corp.

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. Excelligence Learning Acquires Really Good Stuff: Brentwood Associates -backed Excelligence Learning Corp. Pearson, Knewton Form Partnership: Pearson and Knewton have teamed up in an effort to “personalize” K–12 math education starting with elementary school students. The Knewton-powered enVisionMATH2.0

Going Back to School to Learn About Blended Learning

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public schools to attend an Apple Distinguished Schools Day where Natick shared its blended learning approach with other schools and districts. As an online learning tool, Listen Current fits well into blended learning, but I wanted to learn more about how schools are adopting it and how we as a company can be more attractive to schools using blended learning. What attracted Natick to blended learning was the personalized approach.

How ‘Learning Engineering’ Hopes to Speed Up Education

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We find no one with a professional knowledge in the laws of learning, or the techniques for applying them,” he wrote. There are widespread beliefs about the best way to teach and learn that have been proven wrong by science, yet they persist. Herbert Simon, a pioneer in artificial intelligence and learning engineering who died in 2001, is immersed in his office at Carnegie Mellon University. For him, improving the speed of learning is just part of it.

Pearson Bets on Adaptive Learning (Again) With $25M Acquisition of Smart Sparrow

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The following year, Knewton was bought in a deal that has become a poster child for education technology hype. On its website , the company claims it has more than 700 institutional customers across the K-12, higher education and corporate learning space. In its statement, the publisher said Smart Sparrow’s technology will support its capabilities in adaptive learning and add more interactive and immersive features for its digital books.

What Can Machine Learning Really Predict in Education?

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Gather student data, make predictions about their learning—and perhaps their future. For years education companies have tried to apply technologies to better understand students and tailor their learning experiences, or support instructors who can intervene when human help is needed. Today the latest buzz revolves around machine learning, which education technologists claim can support more precise tools. But there’s much more to machine learning than theory and hype.

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

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Here’s a roundup of recent news in the world of K-12 dealmaking: Weld North Acquires Intellify Learning: Ed tech investor Weld North Holdings LLC has acquired a controlling interest in Intellify Learning , a cloud-based provider of learning analytics and data management services to collect, measure, store, access, distribute and visualize learning metrics. TAL joins Knewton’s latest round of funding, which is led by Sofina, a Belgian investment group.

Wiley Buys ZyBooks in $56M Cash Deal to Bolster Courseware Offerings

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This marks Wiley’s second courseware purchase in three months, following on its acquisition of the much hyped (and generously funded) Knewton in May. Wiley did not disclose how much it paid for Knewton, suggesting that that amount is likely smaller than this transaction.) Wiley was pursuing Zyante and Knewton at the same time, claims Matt Leavy, executive vice president of Wiley’s education publishing division.

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

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We invited three guests: Candace Thille, an assistant professor of education at Stanford Graduate School of Education; Mark Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer at Civitas Learning; and Kyle Bowen, educational technology services director at Penn State University. One area where we’re spending a lot of time and effort researching is how can AI and machine learning be used to help drive the design development of open-education materials?

Basketball-style breakthroughs in teaching

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Airplanes fly farther, computer processors get faster, cell phone batteries last longer, and online-learning software becomes more engaging all because of increased understanding of how inputs and processes lead to desired outcomes. What education needs is a SportVU-like system that can track and analyze student learning patterns, teacher practices, and student learning growth in a more granular way.

The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning

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We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Last year, the founder of Facebook pledged to donate $45 billion to social causes, one of them personalized learning. What is personalized learning?

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

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Once known for a learning game, the Redwood City, Calif.-based based company now touts itself as a provider of adaptive-learning technologies for educational content providers. Kidaptive first entered the edtech market in 2012 with Leo’s Pad, a game-based learning app that offered mini-games and puzzles to assess cognitive skills in young children. The company has refocused its business and research around what it calls its “Adaptive Learning Platform.”

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. For anybody who has been a parent, you go through this process: ‘What can I do for my children to give them the best start and learn about the world?” There is a period of time when kids need to have free space in order to learn how to learn,” says Fitzgerald. “We

It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education

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It’s Time For Personalized Learning In Education. In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. He in essence suggested that because the curriculum wars have been decided more or less empirically, that people bent on disrupting the classroom and the factory-model education system were doing so under faulty assumptions about how students learn. Learning

Blended Learning with EDpuzzle

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There is an increase interest diversifying and engaging how students learn within and outside the classroom. The conception of "Blended Learning" has been a popular term discussed in education over the past few years. What is blended learning? A educational method in which a student learns at least in part through delivery of content and instruction via digital and online media with some element of student control over time, place, path, or pace.

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

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A fifth grader works on a digital lesson as part of a blended learning program. We have proven the fact that all children can learn — and can learn well — under the right instructional circumstances,” said Kenneth W. They decided to “personalize” learning for every child, which means that they tailored lessons to each student’s needs, interests and learning pace. Related: Must a classroom be high-tech to make personalized learning work?

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

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But they often highlight the promise of so-called “adaptive learning” software, in which complex algorithms react to how a student answers questions, and tailor instruction to each student. It’s probably the largest and most rigorous study of adaptive learning to date. In most cases, students didn’t get higher grades from using adaptive-learning software, nor were they more likely to pass a course than in a traditional face-to-face class.

Machine Teaching, Machine Learning, and the History of the Future of Public Education

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These are my prepared remarks, delivered on a panel titled “Outsourcing the Classroom to Ed Tech & Machine-learning: Why Parents & Teachers Should Resist” at the Network for Public Education conference in Indianapolis. My favorite ludicrous claim remains that of Knewton’s CEO who told NPR in 2015 that his company was a “mind reading robot tutor in the sky.”

Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware

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There’s Wiley, better known in academia and research, which recently acquired Knewton and zyBooks , to sell online higher-ed courseware. For openly-licensed materials, there’s Lumen Learning and OpenStax. Education Technology Digital Learning in Higher Ed Higher Education Textbooks and Course Materials Mergers and Acquisitions

APLU Announces Adaptive-Courseware Grants: Bringing Scale to Scale

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Over three years, each institution will receive $515,000 “to adopt, implement and scale use of adaptive courseware in high-enrollment, blended learning courses in multiple departments and programs to improve student success,” according to Meaghan Duff, executive director of APLU’s Personalized Learning Consortium (PLC). Difference Engine by Learning Objects (Cengage). Knewton. Macmillan Learning Curves. Pearson MyLab & Mastering (with Knewton).

Deals and More Deals: The Top Edtech Business Stories of 2019

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The gaming giant worked with the Institute of Play to create STEM-focused, hands-on learning experiences that promote collaboration, creativity and problem solving. Young Instructure, the publicly traded company best known for its Canvas learning management system, has agreed to be taken private by Thoma Bravo in a $2 billion deal—unless a better offer comes along. Billion Valuation by Tony Wan Learning a new tongue has helped Duolingo grow a horn.