Students in grades 4-12 to benefit from instruction tailored to their individualized needs
NEW YORK – (June 8, 2016) – Top Dog Education and Knewton have launched two adaptive learning products now available for grades 4-12 students across South Africa. Top Dog Math and Top Dog Science deliver individualized instruction based on analysis of what a student knows, how she learns, and her stated learning goals.
“Empowering students to reach their full potential is core to the Top Dog Education mission,” said Claudia Swartzberg and Ryan Swartzberg of Top Dog Education. “By providing lessons tailored to each person’s unique needs, we’re helping students achieve their short-term goals and develop a long-term love of learning.”
The Knewton-powered Top Dog products are designed as supplemental study tools that help students master key concepts for in-classroom assignments and prepare for tests.
“One-size-fits-all educational materials no longer cut it,” said Jose Ferreira, founder and CEO of Knewton, who was born in Johannesburg and emigrated to America when young. “Adaptive learning is the model for the future, and Knewton is delivering on that promise today around the world.”
The Knewton – Top Dog Education partnership was originally announced in October 2015, and the two companies continue to work together on product enhancements and extensions that will roll out in the coming months. Initially, Top Dog and Knewton are targeting to reach 1.2m students in the private and public school space. Together, the companies also intend to reach students across Uganda, Zambia, Nigeria, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. This is Knewton’s first partnership and product launch on the African continent.
With Knewton, every student gets a more personal learning experience. Teachers, schools, and education companies around the world use Knewton to power digital course materials that dynamically adapt to each student’s unique needs. Knewton provides students with tailored recommendations for exactly what to study, teachers with analytics to better support each student, and publishers with content insights to develop more effective digital products.
Knewton has delivered more than 15 billion personalized recommendations to over 10 million students on every continent except Antarctica.
Knewton was founded in 2008 and has offices in New York City, London, São Paulo, and Tokyo.
About Top Dog
Top Dog was founded in 2010 by Claudia Swartzberg (CEO) and Ryan Swartzberg (Head of Innovation). To date, the company is the largest ed-tech company in Africa with over 3.5m users. The Top Dog team has over 300 years of combined experience in education, business, data analytics, algorithmics, software, and content development.
To date Top Dog’s product offering comprises: interactive, digital education content; adaptive/personalized learning; and diagnostics and remediation feedback.
Top Dog is currently building the future of education:
Top Dog identified that all students learn on pre-created content intended for the “general student”. We understand that students need learning material that addresses each child’s preferences, interests and competencies. To do this, we are using automated algorithms that create bespoke content on demand.