MS:Our goal is pretty simple. It is to be able to connect the companies of the Puget Sound region with the class rooms of the Puget Sound region. It’s in our best interest to do that.
JWW:So how many of you have heard the term “Adaptive technology”? How many of you feel like you know what it means? One of the reasons why we are so excited is not because of things that we think are conceptual, it’s because of things that are happening every day right now across the United States. We talk about bold crazy ideas about accelerating the velocity of learning, it’s not conceptual. It’s happening every day. And one of the biggest challenges that software companies have is to fight pessimism. These kids expect a little girl who goes into the dentist’s office and picks up a magazine and touches the front of it, and says, “Mommy, there’re something wrong”. Those kids are going to expect a different learning experience.
It’s beyond just digital natives. These are kids that expect to have technology integrated into their lives. Not with the carve out for learning, but into their lives. And I’m very, very hopeful that with the power of Adaptive Technology, what we call “Intelligent Adaptive Learning” is that actually is about moving kids forward and teaching them math that we can unlock the learning potential of every child.
AP:I’m really interested in looking for ways to inspire kids to pursue educational pathways that will enable them to have a career in outer space in the future.
RI:Integrating the technology with the social and emotional learning dimensions of the work we do, we believe that as John Nesbitt once said that it’s about high-tech and high-touch. And I think that science education in the future is going to involve not only the cognitive functions, but also the social and the emotional and the social dimensions of learning.