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The Best of Two Worlds - Exciting Personalized Learning Possibilities from HP & Knewton

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Everyone knows that when it comes to learning, one-size-does-not-fit-all. The need for personalized learning is growing, from large urban school districts in the US to rural “not-yet-connected” schools around the world. Why does it seem we’re still just at the tip of the personalized learning iceberg? Perhaps it’s because we left paper out of the learning equation – until now.


Knewton, a leader in adaptive learning, is teaming up with HP to bring the power of print and digital learning together.


If you talk to students, whether they are young, college, or “lifelong”, you’ll hear a strong preference for reading and interacting with…paper! Let’s face it – paper is inexpensive, easy to annotate, and the battery life is fantastic. Digital on-screen experiences offer other types of exciting interaction, and if you’ve got an internet connection, access to up-to-date content 24x7.


So what if you do your best thinking with pencil and paper? What if you want mobile learning but don’t have constant mobile data connectivity? Hybrid Print from HP, with content via Knewton, will make some new learning scenarios possible. For example:



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  • Each student gets a personalized workbook. Students complete their worksheets offline (pen and paper). If they have a smartphone and data connection, they can use a smartphone running Linkreader, an app developed by HP that allows the user to discover and launch additional on-screen activities, taking advantage of hidden watermarks (think QR codes on steroids).

  • The personalized workbook can include machine-scoreable assessments which can be scanned and scored using a special plug-in for LinkReader. The app scores the worksheet assessment and generates new personalized worksheets based on the results. These new personalized worksheets are then printed locally and the learning continues.

  • BOTTOM LINE: the advantages of print and online, combined in one seamless personalized experience.


LinkReader-enabled paper, content from Knewton, pencils, and smartphones - personalized learning now has some exciting new possibilities!


For more information about the collaboration between HP and Knewton, contact personalizedlearning@hp.com




Want to try HP Linkreader? Go to www.linkcreationstudio.com, then:


  • Download the Android or iOS LinkReader app for your smartphone
  • Download and print this example “map activity” created by 5th grade teacher, Derrall Garrison. 
  • Launch the app and explore the map by holding your phone about 3 to 6 inches away, parallel to the page – there are 5 hidden treasures (triggers) waiting for you!…and let me know what you think!
  • Want to create your own Link experiences? Visit Link Creation Studio and blend physical and digital yourself in just a few minutes.


Let me know what you think! You can always reach me on Twiter @jgvanides 


Jim Vanides






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About the Author
  • Jim Vanides is responsible for the vision, strategy, design, and implementation of education technology innovation initiatives. His focus is the effective use of technology to create powerful learning experiences that help students around the world succeed. He has been instrumental in launching over 1200 primary, secondary, and higher education projects in 41 countries, including the HP Catalyst Initiative - a 15-country network of 60+ education organizations exploring innovations in STEM(+) learning and teaching. In addition to his work at HP, Jim teaches an online course for Montana State University on the Science of Sound, a masters-level, conceptual physics course for teachers in grades 5 through 8. Jim’s past work at HP has included engineering design, engineering management, and program management in R&D, Manufacturing, and Business Development. He holds a BS in Engineering and a MA in Education, both from Stanford University.
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