Knewton launches ‘robot tutor in the sky’ that learns how students learn

To get things started, the service offers lessons in Kindergarten through 12th grade math, English, science, and history. All lessons are only in English for the time being, with plans to add additional languages in the future.

The traditional U.S. textbook industry Knewton is out to disrupt is expected to reach $16.56 billion by the end of this year, up 4.7 percent from the year before, according to a Simba Information study on Market Research. But according to the same post ,77.5 percent of survey respondents who are not currently using OER content said they plan to use or might use it in the next three years.

Evidence of the increased demand was seen in March with the launch of Finland-based Eliadash which has a similar mission as Knewton of turning creative commons content into educational courses. Its first year in business, the company plans to offer 5,000 classes.

Interestingly, not all this freely available OER content was generated freely. In 2002 the Hewlett Foundation, endowed with $9 billion from Hewlett-Packard cofounder William Hewlett, began investing a total of $110 million in OER “to make high quality educational materials openly available anywhere in the world.”

To take advantage of those materials, Knewton was founded in 2008 with a focus on test prep apps and now works with 25 corporate partners including Pearson, Houghton Mifflin, and Softbank to create tailored educational experiences. To date, the company has delivered 15 billion personalized recommendations to 10 million students on 6 continents, according to the report.




Source: Knewton launches ‘robot tutor in the sky’ that learns how students learn

Via: Google Alerts for AI