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A Knerd-y Tattoo Story: The Schrödinger Equation

Posted in Knerds on March 28, 2012 by

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

From Details to Deep Understanding: How the Internet Has Changed the Way I Think

Posted in Knerds on March 27, 2012 by

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

First Glance at the New and Improved Knewton HQ

Posted in Knerds on March 27, 2012 by

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

League of Innovative Schools: Fast-tracking Change in K-12

Posted in Knerds on March 23, 2012 by

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

The View from Knewton HQ: OWS in Action

Posted in Knerds on March 22, 2012 by

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

The Internet as an Extension of Human Thought

Posted in Knerds on March 22, 2012 by

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

Knewton Talking Ed Tech and Big Data with Karen Cator

Posted in Knerds on March 20, 2012 by

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

Gamification and German Board Games

Posted in Knerds on March 16, 2012 by

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.

Knewton Salon: How Has the Internet Changed the Way You Think?

Posted in Knerds on March 9, 2012 by

The Edge, the brainchild of mega-agent and editor John Brockman, is this century’s salon–an online community of experts and innovators. In the words of the novelist Ian McEwan, Edge.org is “open-minded, free ranging, intellectually playful … an unadorned pleasure in curiosity, a collective expression of wonder at the living and inanimate world … an ongoing and thrilling colloquium.” In the past, contributors have included such luminaries as biologist Richard Dawkins, psychologist Steven Pinker, and philosopher… Read more