Tutoring is a booming industry, one of the few to continue expanding during the recession. The reasons for its growth are numerous and familiar: among others, intense competition to get into top colleges and graduate programs, a lack of resources in schools, and the conviction that when the future is at stake, no expense should be spared. Students and parents are understandably anxious – the pressure is high, and some worry that tutoring franchises take… Read more
The Knewton Blog
Matthew Busick is a Content Developer at Knewton. At Knewton, we live and breathe standardized tests. It’s our job, but the frightening thing is that we actually enjoy what we do. I guess it would be fair to call us nerds (or Knerds, as they’re known around here). Walking to the bathroom or on my way to grab a snack, I’ve actually heard the following sentences: “Just because I said that shirt looks good on… Read more
An experiment to put powerful computers in the hands of rural children showed remarkable results. Children who knew no English were able to learn vocabulary and basic grammar on their own. Now imagine giving the children access to the best teachers and the best educational platform in the world. The results from that could change the world.
Jonathan Bethune is a Content Developer at Knewton. As both a teacher and the father of a three month old child, I find myself often wondering what the future holds for education. What will schools look like fifteen years from now, when I send my little guy off to high school? I am encouraged when I consider the last fifteen years, from 1995 to 2010, and I think of the marvels of the information age…. Read more
Jess Nepom is the Curriculum Coordinator at Knewton. She’s also one of our top GMAT prep and SAT prep teachers. Recently I got the chance to leave Knewton’s Union Square office for a couple of hours and walk a few blocks to the headquarters of Internet Week NY 2010. Internet Week is pretty much exactly what you’d expect. Tech and online companies (mostly startups) get together for talks, presentations, and demos. It’s a totally nerdy… Read more
Josh Anish is the Senior Editor @Knewton. The word local seems to be on the tip of every Internet-savvy person’s tongue lately. Google Local. FourSquare. Yelp (and its army of intimidators). The internet has infiltrated our neighborhoods. It can tell us to turn right instead of left, zig instead of getting hit by oncoming traffic. Geo-targeting is all well and good if you’re looking for sushi (and I happen to agree with Yelp the eel… Read more
Michael Horn, coauthor of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, blogged about a friendly debate he had with Jose at a conference. The question at hand: Can an innovation come along that is both demonstrably lower in cost and higher in quality? We think so, and it seems like Jose did a good job of starting to persuade Michael. Read the blog post.
David Yourdon, a Content Dev @Knewton, proves we’re not just obsessed with the GMAT, LSAT, and SAT. The academics team at Knewton has been buzzing about a video that one of our expert teachers, Chris Wu, sent around this morning. It’s a TEDx talk by Dan Meyer, a high school math instructor in Santa Cruz. The talk focuses on the virtues of what Meyer calls “patient problem solving” — where fewer formulas and inputs are… Read more
Funding to accelerate and to launch revolutionary adaptive learning platform New York, NY (April 19, 2010) — Knewton, a leading educational technology company announced today that it has completed a $12.5 million round of funding led by FirstMark Capital, a New York City-based venture capital firm with a strong foothold in the City’s tech and entrepreneurial communities. Returning investors include Accel Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, and angel investor Reid Hoffman. Knewton’s new financing… Read more
This post comes from Amy McDowell. Last week, I was invited to participate at Google’s 2nd Annual Spring Training summit as a guest panelist for Knewton. Knewton must be doing something right—as our VP of Online Marketing, I was asked to provide insight and commentary on the changing digital marketing landscape. So, what is this Google Spring Training summit, you ask? Fortunately for this endomorphic marketer, there was no physical exertion or hand-eye coordination involved…. Read more