To chronicle the chaotic new reality of our times, Robert Safian at FastCompany recently published an article which identified speed, chaos, and uncertainty as defining qualities of business in the twenty-first century. Some—Safian identifies them as “Generation Flux”—have survived and even thrived in the new economic climate by adopting a mindset that “embraces instability, that tolerates—and even enjoys—recalibrating careers, business models, and assumptions.” In the spirit of GenFlux, we decided to interview some of the… Read more
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A few of the men and women here at Knewton have had the pleasure of seeing me shirtless, and noticed my very nerdy tattoo. A few of them have asked me to explain it, so here goes: This equation is the Schrödinger Equation. The link to the Wikipedia page is here. If you’re interested, I suggest you check it out. It’s a little mathy, but it also has some great animations, and does a better job of… Read more
This post was inspired by Edge.org’s collection of responses to the question, “How has the Internet changed the way you think?” Check out our other posts on the subject here. In elementary school I worried about discrete facts. I had to memorize the preamble of the United States Constitution, and recall that “in the year 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” In high school, I worried less about discrete facts. I focused on being a… Read more
That’s right: Knewton is moving! Our team has more than doubled since we moved into our current office 2+ years ago, and we’re more than ready for a space upgrade. In the past few years, Union Square has become a hub for tech startups; when we began our search, we knew we didn’t want to leave the heart of Silicon Alley behind. We were lucky enough to find a great place just an avenue west from… Read more
This week I had the honor and opportunity to attend a meeting of the League of Innovative Schools, hosted by the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Launched in partnership with Digital Promise, a “national center founded to spur breakthrough technologies in education,” the mission of the League of Innovative Schools is to create an atmosphere where entrepreneurs can pilot promising technologies; researchers can evaluate them in real time; and schools and teachers can adopt whatever… Read more
One exciting thing about working at Knewton here in NYC is that, while history is being made inside the office, history is also playing out on the streets just outside. Here are some pictures taken by Jess Nepom (Academic Project Manager here at Knewton) of the Occupy Wall Street camp in Union Square on Wednesday morning this week. The night before, while most of us were at home sleeping (excepting perhaps one or two people… Read more
This post was inspired by Edge.org‘s collection of responses to the question, “How has the Internet changed the way you think?” Check out our other posts on the subject here. If someone asked me when the Gettysburg address was delivered, I could say with dubious certainty that it was around the 1860s. Given just a few minutes, I wouldn’t be able to get any more specific than that. But if I sat for a while… Read more
Last Friday, we were fortunate enough to have Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S Department of Education, pay a visit to Knewton HQ. Prior to the lunch, Karen spoke to the whole company about the importance of data literacy and how we as a society can build momentum toward the mining of more meaningful educational data. One of the biggest takeaways was the importance of using school time efficiently… Read more
What do German board games have to do with the gamification of education? As it turns out, quite a lot. Check out this Knewton brownbag talk by our very own James Boo — self-declared board game geek and founder of the long-standing German Board Game Night at Knewton HQ — for a fun, informative look at what German board games can teach us about student engagement, agency, and more.
Thanks again to Bruce Upbin for writing such a great article about Knewton in Forbes!