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. Digital Learning and Tools News Top New

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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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.

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?

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.

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 “personalizelearning 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?

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.

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.

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 “personalizelearning 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?

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

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NEW ORLEANS — A few years ago, with little fanfare or announcement, the New Orleans education system began a massive experiment that’s reshaping how kids learn across the city. Many charter networks here, including Crescent City Schools, Firstline, ReNEW, and KIPP, have embraced an educational philosophy known as “personalized learning.”. Supporters in New Orleans say that, so far, personalized learning has been transformative. Future of Learning.

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).

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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” She posits gaming as the new site for “modern learning,” with an emphasis on skills training and data-driven self-improvement. There is much to learn from the Meeker report. There may be no better example of this in 2017 than “personalized learning.” “Personalized learning,” we must imagine if we believe DeVos’s lyricism here, will be shinier. Liulishuo (language learning) – $100 million.

The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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John Warner made the connection between Theranos and ed-tech in an op-ed published on Inside Higher Ed, noting the parallels between the claims about companies poised to revolutionize education, often made by those without much experience or expertise in teaching and learning and the claims that Holmes and her company made – claims that those with experience and expertise (biologists and chemists and medical engineers, for example) knew simply weren’t true.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

New additions to the already-amazing guest schedule are Henry Eyring on The Innovative University , Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach on The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age , and Cable Green on "public funding should equal openly-licensed resources." CodeNow: Teaching Programming, Narrowing the Digital Divide Pearson and Knewton: Big Data and the Promise of Personalized Learning The Open Course Library & the Quest for the $30 College Textbook

'The Ed-Tech Mafia'

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I know it’s trend to criticize keynotes and lectures and claim that they’re terrible ways to learn. It’s a great story, particularly if you want to wield that factoid along with a product pitch for more “active learning” – like clicking on things. Same goes for “good learning” and “bad learning,” somehow. He’s an investor in the learn-to-code company Treehouse and an investor in Knewton.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Facebook’s Plans to “Personalize” Education. Facebook, like many digital technology companies, promises that in exchange for collecting your personal data – your name, your age, your gender, your photos, metadata on your photos, your location, your preferences, your browsing and clicking habits, your friends’ names – it will deliver “personalization.” ” A personalized news feed, for example. Personalized ads.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital. Arguably, one of the best candidates is the learning management system. Would there even be “learning analytics” without the LMS, I wonder?).

Hack Education Weekly News

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” That’s the Collegiate Learning Assessment exam (a.k.a. He’s referring to “ personalized learning ,” but might as well be any buzzword when you frame the headline that way, bud.). Via Edsurge : “ Pearson , an Investor in Knewton , Is ‘Phasing Out’ Partnership on Adaptive Products.” Via The Verge : “Elon Musk-backed OpenAI is teaching robots how to learn just like humans do.” Education Politics.

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” Via Education Dive : “ Coursera ’s Tom Willerer talks personalization, access.” ” Willerer was previously at Netflix (just to give you an idea of the meaning of “personalization” in the headline). ” “ University of Michigan adds an automated text-analysis tool to a growing program intended to give more students a chance to learn through writing,” Inside Higher Ed reports. The learn-to-code company has raised $1.62

Hack Education Weekly News

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Via KNN : “‘ aisectmoocs.com ’ launched as India ’s largest free online open learning platform.” Via Campus Technology : “ Udacity has announced a partnership with a ride-sharing service in China to host a $100,000 prize competition to find the best machine learning strategy to improve customer experience.” ” And “ Education news from Google I/O : tools to take learning further.” Education Politics. “ U.S.

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. Perhaps, instead of tying “ personalized learning ” to special ed policies of the 1970s, you could read some Rousseau? Presidential Campaign Politics.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Lots of folks in ed-tech seem super excited about Trump too, including Knewton’s Jose Ferreira , Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s Harold O. “What countries can learn from PISA tests” – at least, according to The Economist. Heather Hiles , formerly the CEO of portfolio company Pathbrite (which was sold to Cengage Learning in 2015) will be the new “ deputy director of postsecondary success ” at the Gates Foundation.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

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That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm). Boundless’s materials have been archived by David Wiley’s company Lumen Learning. The greatest trick the ed-tech devil ever played was convincing people that clicking was “active learning.”)