Front row seats to the Fourth Annual International Pillow Fight in NYC: Things get really good at 1:05. It may look like people are just gently waving their pillows in the air, but take it from Jess’s on-the-ground video: it’s a pretty intense scene down there.
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Recently, we asked a few members of our team a simple question: What’s an app or program you can’t live without? Here’s a sampling of ten apps and programs considered must-haves by members of our team. Stay tuned for other favorites in future posts! Launchy Recommended by: Kyle, Content Team Launchy is a free open source application launcher that lets you open programs with just a few keystrokes — without worrying about your start menu,… Read more
Some of our team members got jealous of all the Student Spotlight posts we’ve been doing, so we agreed to give them their own 15 minutes of fame. In this week’s Knewton Peeps post, check out Christina Yu, a rockstar member of the Content Team (and blogger extraordinaire). Name: Christina Yu Position (and what you actually do): I’m a Content Developer. I write blog posts and copy for the website as well as educational content… Read more
Nathan Lasche (@nlasche) and Jessie Shabin (@jshabin) are at SXSW this year (2012)… Go say hi! Pete, Ashley, Brian, and Dave Cascino are heading to the NYC Startup Meetup at South by Southwest, a sweet event that’s bringing together all kinds of folks from the NY tech scene. Ashley’s presenting on Knewton and the adaptive learning software she’s been working on.
@nlasche and @jshabin are at SXSW this year (2012)… Go say hi! We made it! Met up with Dave at the wrong La Quinta late last night. Dave is recharging after 3 sleepless days on The Startup Bus from Silicon Valley, while Ashley and I figure out plans for the day at IHOP. For today, there are 2 interesting talks at 2pm and 3:30pm on education and games that we’ll be splitting up and checking… Read more
Recently, we posted about Four Ways to Use Tag Clouds in the Classroom — with the promise that we’d follow up with a step-by-step tutorial for making these awesome interactive graphics on your own. Check out our earlier post for a quick background on what tag clouds are, and how they can be used to supplement classroom lessons. Ready to get started? Today I’ll walk you through how to create two types of tag clouds:… Read more
Back in the days before the Internet, when teachers needed to give students important lists of facts or vocab words, they had few options other than handing out boring, photocopied sheets of paper. Needless to say, technology has progressed a bit since then. Looking for a 21st-century way to spice up your lessons and engage your students? Check out tag clouds. Tag clouds are similar to the “word clouds” that many news sites use to… Read more
Welcome to the third part of “We Want Our M(ath)TV!”, all about some of the online video formats, past and present, that people are using to teach one another. At Knewton, we’ve always thought that online video has tremendous power as an engaging educational tool; recently, we used YouTube to create an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure quiz. Luckily, we’re not alone in seeing video’s potential for engagement – and instructional power. In our first post, we discussed… Read more
This post was written by Nina Arjarasumpun. Time flies when you work at a start-up. College moves pretty quickly, but life in the real world starts so much faster. Once those commencement caps hit the ground, newly minted alumni are thrown into an unknown realm — even if they’ve already landed a job or a spot in grad school. Regardless of the state of the economy and personal and financial pressures, some people know exactly… Read more
Welcome to another edition of Knewton’s EdTech News Roundup. Support is growing for technological innovation in education, but does this mean that we’ll see a majority of schools embracing technology in the classroom in the upcoming year? You’ll find a variety of different perspectives on this question in the articles below. 1. Duncan: Common Standards Will Produce Tech Innovations Arne Duncan explains how technology in education has already begun to change the education landscape and… Read more