Arial Braunstein and Scott Kabat, the former co-founder and marketing executive of Flip Video, launched a new online education platform, Knowmia, which is built around the obvious choice: videos.
Knowmia is a new edtech that offers videos, currently more than 7,000, from educators across the nation. The content ranges through nearly every subject including math, social studies, history, and English skills. The market focus is high school students, but, according to the company’s press release, it “enables students of all academic achievement levels to find the supplemental instruction they need.”
“We want to alleviate the stress students and parents feel about school by providing personalized learning based on the talents of great teachers everywhere,” Braunstein said in the release.
The company hopes that by democratizing access to educational material, students will be able to learn from teachers who best fit their needs. The goal behind the San Francisco-based startup is to help high school students be better prepared heading into college. The site claims it is an alternative to tutoring that delivers the benefits of supplemental learning.
The technology is still in its beta testing phase. The company is planning to release new features during the fall semester, including Knowmia Mini-Courses, which are teacher-curated lessons gathered from the Knowmia video library. The feature will include teacher comments and quizzes that will measure a student’s progress in one hour.
Teachers are able to post videos for free through Knowmia Teach on an iPad, or can upload previously recorded lesson videos from YouTube or Vimeo to Knowmia.