Today Classrooms of the Future: Knewton Teaches Kids At Their Learning Level
With more kids learning on tablets and laptops, technology and the classroom of the future is not far off. But will there be students to teach? One student drops out of high school every 26 seconds and roughly 30% of students will not graduate. Could a connection to the internet be the key to keeping kids learning? The CEO of Knewton believes so.
Jose Ferreira wonders how many amazing athletes, doctors, researchers and inventors are we losing every generation. About 1.3 million kids fall through that cracks. That’s 1.3 million chances for the next Einstein, Da Vinci, or Michael Jordan, he said.
By giving them opportunities, we might be able to create something great with education. Knewton is an experimental learning program that specializes education to fit the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Student get to go at their own pace and the learning system adapts to benefit them.
Knewton knows just how long and what level of difficulty is best for you to learn and grow at. If you learn math best with medium difficulty questions, it gives you that. If you learn science best in 30 minutes bites, it gives you just that. This program started in 2008 and currently reaches 5 million students. Ferriera hopes to end access problems for kids all over the world.
Today Show Classrooms of the Future: Khan Academy
In 2004, Sal Khan was tutoring his cousins remotely from Boston. A friend suggested that he upload videos to YouTube, which he was skeptical about. The videos became Khan Academy, which now has about 6 million students around the world. Kahn Academy caters to everything from basic math to college level chemistry. Sal Khan hopes to grow the school hundreds of millions of students. He recently got a video from an orphanage in Mongolia, asking for more lessons because they were funny and interesting.
Knewton just partnered with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to expand their reach. Khan Academy’s videos are free of charge for anyone, anywhere.