그로킷…..온라인 소셜러닝게임 스타트업기업이다.
SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, GRE등의 시험을 온라인으로 사용할 수 있게 해주는 서비스로서
학습자간의 협력을 할 수 있는 기반 구조를 제공하고 있다.
2006년 Farbood Nivi에 의해서 설립된 그로킷은 샌프란시스코의 스타트업기업이다.
아틀라스 벤처캐피탈로부터 17.8M 투자를 받았고 2008년 테크크런치50 컨퍼런스에서 6위를 한 경력을 가지고 있다.
2010년 5월에는 샌프란시스코의 주목받는 회사로 성장해있다.
1. 평가를 기반으로 한 협력학습이라는 소셜러닝 개념 뿐만 아니라,
2. 멀티플레이어 게임을 통해 학습을 하는 등 인터렉티브한 학습을 할 수 있는 환경도 제공한다.
3. 또한 학습한 이력을 차곡차곡 정리하여 보기 좋게 학습자에게 제공해서 학습자의 모티베이션도 자극하고 있다.
이러한 사용자 중심의 서비스 구현을 위하여 그로킷은 인공지능에 대한 연구와 학습자의 유니크한 니즈를 연구하는 등의 노력을 하고 있다.
그로킷….문제/평가를 중심으로 한 교육 소셜 플랫폼…..으로서 대단히 기대가 된다.
Cloud IBT의 서비스 모델로 고려해볼만하지 않을까?
IBM Watson을 그로킷에 활용한다면 더 재미난 사례를 만들수 있을 것 같다.
6 Great Tools for LSAT, SAT and GMAT Test Prep
By Dana Oshiro / July 5, 2009 7:30 PM / 13 Comments
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Thousands of intelligent students seize up during standardized test season. They’re the ones in the back of the gymnasium, frantically writing to the last minute and choking under the pressure of an egg timer. I am that student.
Perhaps test anxiety doesn’t come from the actual questions sitting in front of us, but rather the fact that these standardized test scores can be life altering. These scores affect our admittance to the right schools, our ability to gain scholarships and our ability to qualify for certain types of aid. The weight of these tests had many of us prematurely self-destructing, and honestly, it doesn’t get any easier as we get older.
Want to do an MBA or law degree? Your qualifying test scores could mean the difference between a great life transition and a mediocre one. Below is a list of test prep resources. If you’re spending your summer prepping, these might just help you gain the confidence you need to come out on top.
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1. Watermelon Express: NYC-based Watermelon Express is a learning company that claims to have helped 10,000 members with its mobile, desktop and web applications. The company provides students with detailed performance analysis, projected scores, online forums and customized review pages. Mobile applications are currently available on the iPhone, Blackberry and Android and separate study sets for the GRE, LSAT, SAT, GMAT, MCAT are priced reasonably at $20 each.
2. Grockit: Grockit prepares students for the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT and GRE. This service emphasizes the group learning experience and students invite friends from Yahoo, Gmail and Plaxo to join in the site’s games. This is particularly useful for the SATs when large groups of peers are likely to be studying together. The service offers a point system for tests and games, and displays student scoring in terms of community testing percentiles. Additional features include real time chat and the ability to find online tutors. Tutorial rates range from zero to $20 per hour. Grockit is free for the first 35 questions or $40 per year for unlimited access to questions, diagnostic tests and scheduled group games.
3. Brightstorm: Brightstorm focuses on preparing teens for the SAT, ACT and AP-level high school courses. This tool is particularly useful for visual learners because programs offer hours of video courses, strategies and practice exams. What’s interesting about this preparation tool is that while it provides knowledge-based tests and quizzes, it also teaches students strategies to make educated guesses. For example, in one video the instructor says, “On the ACT English, the shortest answer is correct a third of the time.” Brightstorm packages are priced at $99 per test and a 1-800 line is available for questions.
4. EPrep: EPrep also prepares students for the SAT, ACT, PSAT and high school subjects using video instructions. Students complete practice tests in a timed environment, receive grades and review test answers via video tutorials. EPrep offers a free 7 day trial period and packages generally range in price between $69-$249. This service takes a more conventional classroom-style approach to teaching so it’s better for those that excel in this type of environment. For those that prefer a more interactive experience, Watermelon Express and Grockit might be a better fit.
5. Prep Me: Prep Me is a learning environment for students interested in taking the PSAT, ACT and SAT. This service offers an initial diagnostic test and then builds a personalized study schedule for students. Similar to other programs, students can chat with tutors, take practice quizzes and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. The service is currently expanding to offer GMAT, MCAT and LSAT testing and is priced between $300-$700. That being said, the company boasts an average 305 point increase on the SAT for grade 11 students. The company is currently offering premium services for free to students in the state of Maine.
6. Knewton: Knewton is another program that adapts a study plan for students. The company specializes in GMAT, GRE, SAT and LSAT testing and matches videos and lessons to a students “learning arc”. Students can interact via a live on-demand video classroom and the company offers results or a money back guarantee. Courses are priced at $890 for 15 teaching sessions and more than 45 classroom hours. While this is a particularly high price tag for testing services, if a couple hundred dollars is the cost of qualifying for a scholarship, perhaps the service is worth it.