In this issue, Jose delves into the thorny issue of big data in education — and explains why he thinks skeptics' fears are unfounded.

- The Knerds

The Mathematics of Effectiveness

by Jose Ferreira, Knewton founder & CEO
"I was on a panel at SXSWedu this year. At the beginning, our moderator, Dr. Rod Berger, invited the audience to suggest buzzwords that the panelists shouldn’t be allowed to use. Someone said "big data." (I tried to comply for about 5 minutes before I gave up.) That’s like calling “anatomy” or “supply and demand” buzzwords. How can a branch of science be a buzzword?

Someone else at SXSWedu said, “I still have yet to hear anyone explain what big data is!” as if that were an indictment of big data. To my ears, that sounds like saying, “I still have yet to hear anyone explain what the Higgs Boson is!” And, fair enough, they are both relatively new science. So let’s explain big data now. And then let’s examine the arguments against using this powerful personalization science to help kids learn." Read more ›
In the News
Knewton Partners with Sanoma Learning Read more ›
Knewton Teams Up With Chungdahm Learning  Read more ›
Knewton, Simplified
by David Liu, Knewton COO
"Most big technology companies are complex. Knewton is no exception. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes. Algorithms, data stores, model computation engines, inference infrastructures, APIs — we’ve got 'em. But what about why we’re here?" Read more ›
Knerds on the Board: Adaptivity in Action
In this round-up of videos, Knewton implementation architects discuss subjects ranging from student agency to the future of educational publishing. Read more ›
Introducing 10 New Knerds
Welcome Daniel, Ruben, Homin, Kike, Bennett, Tony, Christina, Dena, Cesar, and Jack ›
Knerd Alert
Adaptive Instruction Analyst Mathematics Content Expert
Python Software Engineer Software Engineer - Big Data
Senior Financial Analyst Client Manager
Client Manager Product Implementation Architect

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Partner Spotlight: Adaptive Curriculum and Knewton
Knewton Implementation Architect Joanna Bersin delves into the process of working with the Adaptive Curriculum team to integrate Knewton recommendations into their product's engaging multimedia content. "My colleagues have walked by my desk with envy as I’ve journeyed deep into the Atlantic Ocean to learn about its formation through plate tectonics, then jumped off a cliff on skis to discover applications of the quadratic equation." Read more ›
EdTweets of the Month
Movers and Shakers
Patrick Honner, better known as Mr. Honner (@MrHonner) is a math teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, a Math for America master teacher, and contributor to the New York Times Learning Network (check out his lesson on math and March Madness!). We like his real-world approach, constant self-inquiry, and can-do attitude. Plus, he puts plenty of faith in his students. From a recent tweet: “Kids who learn more now learn more later. Also, kids can learn things when taught.”
Chime In
Last month, we asked you what edtech products you wish existed. A few answers:
-"A device that pays educators a fair wage" (@dkernohan)
-"Vibrating bracelets to help kids progress monitor, increase time on-task & develop executive functioning skills" (@jaafar_eltassa) (Apparently this one exists?)
-A system where "Tchrs can add orig content; track outside of school stdnt learning; tracking by competency/stndrd, not course; tied to SIS" (@carolynk7)
Ed Tech 101
Zone of Proximal Development is defined as the difference between what a learner can do independently and what a learner can do with the help of a parent, teacher, coach or other authority. Read more ›
EdTech Buzz
Keeping Student Data Private (THE Journal)

No Silver Bullets: Hybrid High Learns a Tough Edtech Lesson (EdSurge)

10 Courses with a Twist (New York Times)

ASU/GSV Innovation Summit
The summit runs from April 21 to 23.
Abu Dhabi International Book Fair
The fair runs from April 30 to May 5. Director of Business Development Charlie Harrington will speak.
Hot Topics Events New York
COO David Liu will be speaking.
"Teachers need to create the dynamic that transforms individual moments into a broader experience where the class benefits from the complete range of learning that has taken place."
-Teachers' Most Powerful Role? Adding Context (MindShift)
Up for Debate
How can we improve STEM education? In a recent op-ed, Vinay Trivedi argues that "one major shortcoming of tech education is the demographic achievement gap" and that to help improve STEM education, we need to find creative ways to increase the number of teachers trained to teach computer science and increase accessibility to computer science courses. In a video for EdWeek, a school district in Tennessee explains how it is using project-based learning to make STEM come alive for all students. The district sends teachers out into the community to bring back real-world problems for students to solve and introduce a spirit of inquiry that the teachers hope will last a lifetime. | Contact us | Subscribe