Knowre

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KnowRe is an online adaptive learning company headquartered in the United States. KnowRe currently focuses on developing an online adaptive math solution for secondary students in the United States and Canada. 

KnowRe was born from a popular after-school math academy in South Korea that focused on providing a personalized learning experience for each student. As the academy grew in size, the limitations of their personalized, assessment-based approach became more and more evident. As committed math instructors, they sought out tools to enhance their ability to educate the growing student body, but eventually came to the realization that such a tool did not exist. When they realized that their dilemma was not unique to them alone, they decided to build a tool that would bring their vision to life.Thus, KnowRe was created to deliver an engaging, personalized learning environment for students around the world.

Description[edit]

KnowRe is an educational technology company developing an innovative online adaptive learning service for mathematics. KnowRe’s patented technology assesses an individual’s strengths and weaknesses, personalizes a curriculum for each student’s focus areas and engages students through game-like features, attractive graphics and social learning. The KnowRe team believes in the importance of a good education, the need for personalization in our educational system and that technology is the most effective tool to help bring about these goals.

Pilot Program[edit]

KnowRe launched a nationwide campaign with schools to pilot its online adaptive math program for Pre-Algebra and Algebra I in 2013.The pilot program offered schools exclusive features such as the Teacher Dashboard in addition to KnowRe's state of the art assessment technology and adaptive curriculum. The Dashboard allows teachers to monitor student progress, assign personalized homework and see real-time data in the classroom. Furthermore, participant schools will receive a dedicated resource from the KnowRe team for troubleshooting and technical support as well as the opportunity to directly impact the future development of the product.[1]  

Features[edit]

An Engaging Learning Experience[edit]

KnowRe is focused on creating a learning environment that is not only educational but engaging and fun for students. KnowRe has an achievement system with coins, stars, and the ability to expand one's own math domain to incentivize students. (Learn more about KnowRe's Coins and Stars system here.) KnowRe's attractive graphics and illustrations also play a part in engaging students in a stimulating and enjoyable learning environment, while teachers assign materials to students through the Teacher's Dashboard, which in turn, is received by students in the form of quests and challenges.

A Personalized Curriculum[edit]

Math is a compounding activity that requires the skillful (and accurate) application of a complex matrix of concepts which build upon each other. For example, if a student were lacking a solid understanding of addition, subtraction and multiplication, he may not be able to perform long division very well. Now, if a student is having trouble with long division, for example, a teacher may want to figure out what is causing the student the problem, and "why" the student is getting the long division problem wrong. A teacher would normally ask a student to "show their work" and review the process by which the student solved the problem, through which a teacher may discover that the student is continuously making errors in his use of subtraction. As such, KnowRe’s patented technology helps to break down math questions to its granular component concepts, and assess a student’s mastery and understanding of each concept as students solve math problems. The idea is to identify which concept or concepts are causing the student to answer the question incorrectly, so that the teacher can see where the student is getting stuck or having problems. As KnowRe gathers such individual data, KnowRe's adaptive technology produces a personalized review curriculum (known as the "KnowReview"), designed to home in on each student's areas of weakness and help build their mathematical knowledge and skills.

The Teacher's Dashboard[edit]

KnowRe's Teacher's Dashboard allows teachers to monitor student and classroom progress, assign personalized homework assignments and reviews, and see real-time data in the classroom. KnowRe's Dashboard has both Student and Class data so that the teacher has the ability to survey the class with both a narrow and broad focus.

History[edit]

  • 2008- KnowRe was born out of a math academy in Gangnam, Seoul, South Korea.
  • December 2012- KnowRe raises a $1.4 million investment from SoftBank Ventures Korea (“SBVK”).
  • February 2013- KnowRe releases its first curriculum, Algebra I, in a public open beta. 
  • August 2013- KnowRe launches its Nationwide Pilot Program across 34 cities and 17 states in USA and Canada. KnowRe also releases product updates including the new Pre-Algebra curriculum, Teacher's Dashboard (premium feature; only available to pilot schools), and the gamified quest and achievement systems.

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2012, KnowRe was awarded the grand prize at Global K-Startup, a competition sponsored by Google, the Korean Internet & Security Agency, and the Korea Communications Commission.[2] KnowRe was called one of four “South Korean Startups to Watch.”[3]

In May 2013, KnowRe won first place in the Gap App Challenge sponsored by the New York City Department of Education.[4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ KnowRe Pilot
  2. ^ Meet the Winners of Google’s Global K-Startup Competition 2012, TechNode.
  3. ^ Four South Korean startups to watch, gigaom.
  4. ^ Gap App Challenge, NYC Schools.

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