On Friday, we took part in WalkaboutNYC, a one day showcase of tech companies around the city. Though the Roots were booked, over 80 people came by our office to enjoy snacks and beer (nothing like a tech event to encourage day drinking!) and hear a bit about what makes all of us here at Knewton tick. No one even seemed to mind that we didn’t get to show off our new office (we’re saving that one for… Read more
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This post was written by Zlata Barshteyn, a former intern here at Knewton. Every few months at Knewton, we have something called Hack Day, where team members take a day off from regular work tasks to tackle projects they’ve been itching to develop. These “hacks” typically fall into one of four categories: product, business, culture, or performance. A Robot for the Office For my Hack Day project, I worked with my mentor on building a… Read more
The annual Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) Conference brings together educators, administrators, and academics to discuss research, innovations, and emerging trends within the Texas distance learning ecosystem. We’ll be there presenting on why education has reached its “Internet moment,” and how personalization of content is creating even greater opportunities for engagement in distance learning. We’re also looking forward to hearing from some of the most respected voices in Texas education on topics ranging from blended course design… Read more
Regardless of the technologies used to consume it, there is no substitute for quality content. We’re fascinated by how the role of teachers is evolving and how content curation plays into that evolution, as well as what that means for student engagement and learning outcomes. Here are four content-centric sessions we’re excited to attend at SXSWedu this week. Education in a World of Social and Technological Change March 6, 10:15 – 11:15 AM Though the… Read more
“Big data” — it just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Short, vaguely scientific sounding, authoritative — it’s nice to say, but notably harder to really understand, especially given the sensitive nature of the information we’re dealing with in education. The “if” question has already been settled; there’s no doubt that personalization is where learning is headed. The “how” is what we’re really looking forward to exploring in these sessions. Redefining “Data Driven” March 6, 2:00… Read more
So, we’re heading down to the 2nd annual SXSW Edu this week. We’re really, really excited, but we’re trying to be cool about it. This year’s schedule is crammed with a ton of exciting sessions presented by some of the brightest educators and edupreneurs around, and we’ve got our hashtags at the ready. Given the momentum the OER movement has picked up over the past year, it comes as no surprise that it’s a dominant… Read more
We’ve spent the last month visiting some of the best engineering schools in the country and talking to some incredibly smart students. At each school, we were blown away by the students’ amazing enthusiasm for working on projects that advance the common good — building health informatics databases in Uganda, designing haptic robotic arms, and much more. We wrapped up our last campus visit of the season at Princeton yesterday. Now, we leave you with… Read more
This week takes us to one of the most venerable seats of higher learning all the world over: Cambridge, Massachusetts. We’ll be at MIT on February 16 casting our genius net. Join us!
The trek continues! Next up on our tour of the best engineering schools in the country: Cornell. We’ll be talking Knerd shop at the Startup Fair on Feb. 1, and alum David Siegel will be presenting another great Knerd talk following the event. Join us! Get the event details here.
Over the next few months, we’ll be trekking around the country to visit college engineering programs and recruit a few good Knerds. Our first stop is Carnegie Mellon, which just happens to be the alma mater of two of Knewton’s greatest data scientists. We made a short video about how George and Jesse’s experiences in Pittsburgh helped shape their careers as Knerds. Take a look, and meet George in the flesh at our campus Knerd… Read more