Knerd Dispatch: The Hollywoodization of Education

Entertainment and education don’t seem to have much in common. But thanks to the internet, both are changing rapidly. Jose explores how entertainment can help us understand what education’s shifting landscape means for teachers.

World Teachers' Day: 5 Things You May Not Know About Teachers

The average teacher spends 786 hours a year in a classroom with their students. Add in the time they spend planning, marking, and working on their skills and it’s no surprise that 80% of teachers we surveyed admit to working more than 10 hours a day. The common perception of teachers doing 8.30-3.30 then clocking off is wildly off-base.

Adaptive Interactions Team: High Stakes Statistical Modeling

The Adaptive Interactions team is responsible for statistical models and engineering that supports Knewton’s low-latency recommendation product. For each work item completed by a student in a partner product, Knewton computes up-to-date beliefs about the student’s proficiency, level of engagement, progress toward teacher-specified goals, and several other dimensions in order to create a personalized recommendation tailored toward the very next thing that the student should work on. The video below explores the team’s culture and day-to-day work.

Knewton Analytics Team [VIDEO]: Insights Into Data

Knewton’s adaptive learning team is one of the largest in the company. The analytics team, a large subset of that team, is responsible for the analytics or “insights” component of the Knewton platform.

Lifelong Learning: Aspiration, Access, Affordability

Lifelong learning, the constant acquisition of knowledge and skills, is seeing explosive interest today.

The Future of Lifelong Learning

Lifelong learning, the constant acquisition of knowledge and skills, is seeing explosive interest today.

Differentiated Instruction & Adaptive Learning »

Differentiated instruction, the tailoring of educational experiences to meet individual learner needs, is nothing new. Hardworking teachers have always recognized the diverse needs of students and adjusted their instruction to account for them. Through one-on-one coaching sessions, small group activities, individualized course packets, reading assignments, and projects, teachers are addressing a range of student levels, interests, strengths, weaknesses, and goals in their classrooms today.

It's Not "Big Data vs. Teachers" - It's "Big Data vs. Standardized Tests"

People often think that big data for education is a new thing. And it’s true that using big data the way Knewton does sounds almost like science fiction — our engine passively “norms” content at scale, uses normed content to determine students’ conceptual proficiencies to the percentile, and makes granular content recommendations for each student based on the combined anonymized data of all the other students in our network. But there is an older, bricks-and-mortar type of big data for education: standardized tests.

Engineering Culture at Knewton

“If you want to work on a problem that you feel morally connected with, a problem that you think is important, if you want to work on difficult technical challenges, and you’re entrepreneurial and you want a lot of agency and you want to work in a place that isn’t one homogeneous group of people then you should come work at Knewton.” —Trevor Smith, Engineering Manager.

Education in Brazil & A Growing Middle Class [INFOGRAPHIC] »

Brazil has a population of approximately 200 million and one of the largest economies in the world. What does the educational system look like now, what’s in store for the future, and how will these developments drive economic growth?

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