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Adaptive, game-like approach helps personalize learning

At TCEA 2014, ed-tech startup KnowRe formally launched its adaptive math curriculum for middle and high school students, which has been piloted by 34 U.S. schools in the last year.

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, its founders realized the limitations of this personalized approach—so they decided to build an ed-tech tool that would replicate it.

“KnowRe’s technology offers student assessments with an unrivaled level of granularity and accuracy, from which it generates a personalized and adaptive curriculum targeting each individual student’s weaknesses,” said co-founder David Joo in a press release.

The software delivers these lessons and assessments through an interactive world that looks and feels like a game, and assignments are given in the form of a quest. A “Walk-me-through” feature offers a step-by-step process for solving problems, and short videos illustrate math concepts in a concise and friendly way.

For teachers, a dashboard shows the progress of each student and the class as a whole. KnowRe’s developers are working to add social messaging tools to foster collaboration among students as well.

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In a survey of pilot schools, 70 percent of students said KnowRe has helped them learn math—while 93 percent of teachers said it has helped boost achievement.

“I am seeing my students’ confidence building,” said Danielle Kostevich, a middle school math teacher at Downtown College Prep in San Jose, Calif., in a press release. “KnowRe allows you to personalize learning in a way that was never possible.”

KnowRe is an online, HTML5-based curriculum, so it works on any device’s browser. It includes Algebra I and Pre-Algebra, and the company plans to release Algebra 2 and Geometry by the end of the year, with Calculus and Statistics to follow.

The company is currently offering special early-adopter pricing; contact for more information.

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