Kno updates iPad app, makes learning in schools more interactive

by Doug Drinkwater

October 25 2011

Santa Clara-based software provider Kno has updated its educational iPad app so that teachers and students can take notes on any page on their textbook, using a finger or iPad-compatible stylus, or add live web links to any highlighted section in a book.

Kno will give away free textbooks to educators, allowing them to teach directly from a Kno textbook and a journal in the classroom, while the software firm has also initiated plans for instructors and students to share journals amongst each other.

In addition to these updates, Kno has said that it is starting an Educator Advisory Board, with distinguished educators including Roy Pea, professor of Educating & Learning Science at Stanford University and Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy. This board will will consider how technology can be used to improve communication between teachers and students in the classroom.

“We were overwhelmed by the number of requests from professors who presented different types of education related problems that they believed Kno could help resolve through our technology and rapid development process”, said Osman Rashid, CEO and co-founder and Babur Habib, CTO and co-founder of Kno.

“Kno can create products that are mutually beneficial and effective for students and educators to help address the types of requests we have been receiving.  With our newly formed Educator Advisory Board, we can tap into the great minds of academia to help guide us during the product development process."

Kno claims to have the largest library of eTextbooks available, with more than 100,000 titles, including free chapter previews. Instructors can now request a free book from the Kno website.

Kno was founded in May 2009 and has since received funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Intel Capital and Goldman Sachs.

In 2010, Kno created a dual-display tablet and showed the device at CES 2011. However, in April of this year, the company licensed its hardware design to Intel, in order to focus on software.

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