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. Think of it as a friendly robot-tutor in the sky,” said Jose Ferreira, Knewton founder and CEO.

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.”

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.

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. He’s also careful around how he frames adaptive-learning technology: “There’s a lot of legitimate concern about the robotic tutor.

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

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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.” No surprise, that includes companies like Knewton who like to say they’re using AI – data collection, data analysis, and algorithms – to improve teaching and learning.)

The Business of Ed-Tech: 2017 So Far

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MakeBlock (robotics) – $30 million. Knewton (algorithmic textbooks) – $157.25

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From the Knewton blog : “ Introducing Knewton Product Updates for Fall 2017.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Imagine how great universities could be without all those human teachers ,” says Quartz , lauding the fantasy that robots will replace teachers. ” Via Campus Technology : “BYU Researchers Aim to Stop Robots from Eating Tables with Wikipedia.” (National) Education Politics.

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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. ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. Via The Verge : “Elon Musk-backed OpenAI is teaching robots how to learn just like humans do.” Education Politics.

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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.). Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. ” There’s some robot news in the privacy section below. (National) Education Politics.

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” Inside Higher Ed on Knewton ’s “pivot.” ” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. “ Robots will replace teachers by 2027 ,” Futurism predicts. “ When the Robots Come for Our Jobs, They’ll Spare the Teachers ,” Edsurge tries to reassure its readers. Robots are coming for your children. “Why these friendly robots can’t be good friends to our kids,” Sherry Turkle argues.

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. In China, families are looking beyond tutoring and test prep “for things that they think are critical for their children’s futures, such as STEM and robotics,” observes Angela Bao, Senior Investment Manager at. “ You Can’t Make Movies Without China.”

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Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. “Kids connect with robot reading partners ,” says the PR office of the University of Wisconsin Madison. Via Engadget : “ Japan trials AI and robots to boost English skills in schools.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education.

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From the press release : “ Knewton Launches Alta, Fully Integrated Adaptive Learning Courseware for Higher Education, Putting Achievement in Reach for Everyone.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Geek Dad : “Little Robot Friends Teach Kids to Code With Empathy.” Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

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Nevertheless, Knewton claims Knewton’s personalized learning products work. The use of Watson at Georgia Tech to create a “robot teaching assistant” garnered lots of headlines about the possibilities for automation and artificial intelligence to “ save education.” This is part nine of my annual review of the year in ed-tech. Facebook’s Plans to “Personalize” Education.

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Via Campus Technology : “ Knewton Releases $44 Adaptive Digital Textbooks.” Robots and Other Education Science Fiction. Via Quartz : “One of the world’s biggest firms is spending $450 million to solve a world problem created by robots.” ” “ Ziro ’s robotics kit for kids now works with Alexa ,” says Techcrunch. Curriculum maker Magpie Education has raised $416,000 from the British Robotics Seed Fund.

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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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Wonder Workshop (robotics) – $41 million. Knewton ( mind-reading robo tutor in the sky ) – $157.25 Robotics , with ~ $99 million in funding. One could look at companies that made major shuffles in the executive boardrooms: a new CEO at Coursera , the departure of Coursera’s chief product officer , a new CEO at Knewton , the departure of Altschool’s COO , for instance.

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Knewton has partnered with WebAssign. ” Via Motherboard : “The Head of CMU ’s Robotics Lab Says Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Not Even Close’ ” According to the American Historical Association , undergraduate enrollments in history are down. Presidential Campaign Politics. Via the Washington Post : “ Trump pitches $20 billion education plan at Ohio charter school that received poor marks from state.”

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” More on the Afghan robotics team in the contest section below. “Mind-reading robo tutor in the sky” company Knewton has a new CEO , Brian Kibby , formerly with Pearson. for Robotics Contest.” Robots and Other Ed-Tech SF. (National) Education Politics. After rolling back for-profit higher ed regulations last week , Betsy DeVos turns her attention to dismantling civil rights as she holds a series of Title IX “ listening sessions.”

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Jose Ferreira is stepping down as the CEO of Knewton. “Could robots be marking your homework ?” Education Politics. Via The New York Times : “ Obama to Dismantle Visitor Registry Before Trump Can Revive It.” ” “The registry, created after the attacks of Sept.

The massive experiment in New Orleans schools that few have noticed

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She noted the CEO of Knewton, a personalized learning software company, once bragged , “We literally have more data about our students than any company has about anybody else about anything.”

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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It announced this year it was “ phasing out ” its reliance on Knewton provide those algorithms.).