Educational Publisher

Increase readership with AI-powered readability classification

With prestigious funding awards from Google and the Dutch government for its impact on literacy and learning, you can be assured of professional service and support when partnering with Wizenoze. It is widely recognised that pitching text at the appropriate reading level is vital to engaging learners and improving overall educational outcomes. Yet maintaining high standards in doing so is time-consuming and costly to manage.

Through leveraging our technology, you can enhance the early drafting and redrafting process considerably. Wizenoze allows you to increase the speed of content production without negatively affecting the editing process.

With products powered by Wizenoze readability engine, leave behind other one-level-fits-all publishing systems and deliver custom published material tailored to individual reading level abilities.

The Web for Classrooms

The largest curated and safe-for-school collection of online content available in the world today.  The Web for Classrooms is comprehensively indexed by reading level. It can be uniquely extended, tailored and branded to include your own material.

The Web for Classrooms

Wizenoze Editor

A web-based text editor enabling teachers to check the reading level of their copy in real time.  Wizenoze Editor provides useful improvement suggestions based specifically on the actual target reading age the copy is intended for, a feature that no other readability editor offers today.

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Wizenoze Readability Scan

Page Scan

A web tool that enables writers to analyse the reading level of any web page or text in seconds to ensure that content is on target. Page scan is available as web app or browser extension.

Document Scan

A bulk readability analysis service which scans your entire back catalogue materials including websites, PDFs and Word documents.

Readability API

An extensive suite of APIs which enable integration of our readability classification engine into any of your existing software tools.

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What Adults Need to Know

Today’s children spend considerable time online, searching and receiving information from various websites and apps. Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child adopted in 1989 lists that:

“Every child has the right to reliable information from a variety of sources, and governments should encourage the media to provide information that children can understand. Governments must help protect children from materials that could harm.”

The ability to guarantee this fundamental right for children is both enhanced and limited by algorithms. This Brief explains some key opportunities and threats of algorithms for young children’s learning and the important role of parents and educators in maximising their benefits.

Children and Search/Recommendations Algorithms – What adults need to know (pdf)

By Natalia Kucirkova, J Fails, S Pera and T Huibers

Need for an alternative search engine for education

The internet is an amazing medium for significantly improving the standard of living for large numbers of people globally. Access to a wealth of information is easy, which leads to better and enhanced personal development. However, for many other people, the internet is seen as a threat. For example, there are strong, popular opinions that children should be better protected from inappropriate YouTube movies containing sex, violence, and vulgar language through the implementation of age classifications.

Harmful content is not the biggest problem

The idea of protecting children from seeing harmful online content is obviously widely accepted as a good thing. However, it is almost impossible to classify all the content on YouTube so that it is only available to appropriate age levels, especially if this has to be done retroactively. Also, unfortunately, there is an even larger challenge than the protection from harmful online content (read: Google and YouTube). The enormous potential of the internet for educational purposes is under great pressure because finding relevant information is currently close to impossible for many students.

You can’t just say “Google it” anymore

Nearly every student in the UK from primary through to further/higher education uses Google to find information for their academic assignments. This is not surprising, as Google offers access to every piece of available online content on every topic you can think of. If you know which website you want to visit, or if you want to purchase something online, then Google is an excellent place to start your online query. However, this is not the case when students are looking for information for educational purposes.

What is the problem?

  1. The sheer volume of results Google provides is overwhelming. It is difficult for students to decide which of the results gives relevant information for their query and judging the reliability of information is just too difficult. The temptation to visit commercial content and websites containing fake news can also be difficult to resist.
  2. However, an even bigger problem is that the majority of the online content is written at a much higher reading level than most students can actually understand.

So, there are more challenges for using the internet for educational purposes than just simply exposing children to harmful and inappropriate content. More worryingly, the current version of the internet is unreadable, unreliable and irrelevant for educational purposes.

Lack of skills for finding information online

Part of the reason why children prefer to use Google for search queries is that they actually lack the skills to successfully search for information online. Their current behavior is mostly based on routine and effectiveness instead of comprehension and information literacy skills. We easily assume that children are “digital natives” or even “experts” regarding digital media as they’ve never known a world without computers, video games, and the internet and started using these technologies from an early age. This leads to the perception that they should, therefore, know everything about such tools. However, when it comes to their searches for (educational) information, this is a very inaccurate conclusion to make. Even though children can be digital wonders, they do not naturally have the necessary skills to handle online information.

How can you find relevant educational content on the internet

The internet provides a lot of good information for educational purposes. For instance, the numerous YouTube channels run by teachers providing explanations for curriculum-related subjects. Just as you could classify these YouTube videos or channels as ‘suitable’ for children and young people, you could do the same for the ‘educational’ internet used within classrooms. Filtering out unsuitable content (also known as blacklisting) is only the beginning. We should do more to help students, by making a preselection of the many trustworthy, informative websites and YouTube channels that are relevant at the different reading levels of students (whitelisting). This provides certainty that students can find relevant and reliable information for their schoolwork, at their own reading level, which is exactly what we try to achieve in our development of The Web for Classrooms.

This approach brings out the positive strength of the internet for education, instead of it being a threat to students and contributes to an inclusive community with equal chances for everyone. Isn’t that what we all want from a modern education system?

‘Wiser Internet for Education’ Campaign Launch

London – Wednesday 23 January 2019 – The Wiser Internet for Education campaign will provide schools and teachers with information and resources to bring a 21st century learning tool safely and effectively into their classrooms. Prowise with Wizenoze have joined forces with Tes to support this must needed change.

The campaign will promote the 3R’s of good internet use – ‘Readability, Reliability and Relevance’. Lord Jim Knight will formally launch the campaign at Bett UK on 25th Jan in the School Theatre at 4.15pm.

  • Readability 75% of us cannot read most of what is written online (Wizenoze)
  • Reliability Only 2% of children have the skills to tell if information is fake (National Literacy Trust)
  • Relevance There are as many web pages for advertisers as there are keywords that can be typed into a search engine (The Economist)

Learning access

Over the past twenty years, the rise of the internet and the availability of web search engines has changed our society dramatically. For some of us, information is never more than a few clicks away. Unfortunately, the positive effect of these changes is not equally available to all. We need to start distinguishing between technical access and learning access to the internet.

Reliable content

For many people the amount of information online can be overwhelming and finding specific content within pages and pages of search results can be daunting. Additionally, a large proportion of the available information is actually too hard for almost half of the global population to understand, with most children not being able to distinguish between reliable and unreliable content.

Improving literacy

Simply put, the web was not designed for children. It was conceived for and by adults, and written for an elite reader. Yet a third of internet users are children. We must continue to encourage children and students to use the internet as it is a great source of information. However, we also need to support students to find the most pertinent information and present it in an age appropriate way. Improving literacy and learning for at least one-third of online users.

Maximum learning outcomes

“At Wizenoze we believe the internet facilitates vast opportunities for affordable and inclusive education globally. It is our mission to offer every student access to an internet fit for education. Andy by doing that, we want them to achieve maximum learning outcomes. Our own Web for Classrooms makes this mission possible.” Dr Leila Walker, UK Director.

Added value

Outlining their support for the campaign, Mario van Och, Country Manager UK & Ireland at Prowise commented, “By participating in this campaign together with Wizenoze and Tes, Prowise has a unique opportunity to show our educational DNA in the United Kingdom. Not only in terms of hardware products, but also in terms of software. At Prowise, we want to make digital learning resources accessible for everyone. We believe that our software products, like our hardware, have added value in every classroom. With our free educational software Presenter, in which the Web for Classrooms will be fully integrated, and the adaptive learning programs World of Education, we are taking wonderful steps forward”.

Bett sessions

To learn more, please visit our respective stands at Bett UK from 23-26 Jan. Prowise can be found at C92 and Wizenoze immediately opposite at C83. In addition, Wizenoze will be demonstrating how the combined educational services of Prowise and Wizenoze can deliver improved educational outcomes by using the internet. These sessions will run daily at the Prowise Sstand C92 from 1pm.

About Wizenoze

Wizenoze gives people access to an internet that matches their reading skills via the largest curated collection of online content available in the world today. The Web for Classrooms consists of more than 7 million pages and is comprehensively curated and indexed by reading level ability, giving people with lower reading skills access to reliable information on the internet that they understand.

About Prowise

Prowise is a leading global company that invests in innovation, quality and reliability in the field of digital learning solutions. By developing Touchscreens, devices and user-friendly software, Prowise makes learning more accessible, effective and enjoyable. The educational software Prowise Presenter 10 is one of the finalists in the race for a prestigious Bett Award in the category ‘Free digital content or open educational resources’. The Birmingham-based company, that has been operational for only 10 years, recorded an average revenue growth of 151% over the past three years. Currently, over 20,000 schools, 450,000 teachers and students and hundreds of companies in over 21 countries use the solutions offered by Prowise.

 

For more information, please feel free to contact:

Edith Kwaspen, Marketing Manager Prowise
Mobile: +31 623044823
General +31 (0) 495 49 71 10
Mail: edith.kwaspen@prowise.com

Dr Leila Walker, UK Director
Mobile: +44 7968 800619
Mail: Leila@wizenoze.com

Wizenoze at Bett 2019

85% of students have improved learning outcomes when they have access to an Internet for education with Wizenoze’s AI technology

News facts

  • AI technology supports students and improves their educational attainment
  • Enables teachers to find and share high quality online resources
  • Secures partner deals with key global education businesses

London – Wednesday 23 January 2019 – With booming investment in the US and ambitious UK government investment plans in place, it’s no surprise that AI is hotly tipped to be one of the key trends at BETT 2019. But how can schools and education businesses use the benefits of this transformative technology NOW to support teachers and raise educational outcomes?

Research commissioned by Wizenoze (Stand C83), who have developed the Web for Classrooms (WfC) to give students access to a tailored internet for education, gives a clear indication of the classroom benefits of using advanced AI technology. The research shows that 84% of students make more progress towards their lesson objectives with WfC than when using traditional internet search tools such as Google or Bing. Furthermore, 94% of teachers reported that WfC supported their need to find high quality online content that all students can read and fully understand. Teacher feedback also illustrated how the WfC’s reading level criteria could be used to easily personalise lessons.

This compelling evidence of the positive classroom application of AI technology has captured the interest of major global education businesses. During 2018 Wizenoze signed international deals with key partners including Pearson, Prowise and Tes Global.

Diane Janknegt, CEO and Founder at Wizenoze commented: “These organisations recognize the importance of allowing learners to filter reliable online content that is personalised to their reading level. By integrating WfC into their businesses, Wizenoze’s partners can widen their own range of resources to better support learners and advance their learning outcomes. We’re delighted to be at BETT again this year and look forward to talking to new and existing partners about our unique AI technology.”

Wizenoze will be at BETT 2019 for the third year and will be demonstrating the capability and potential integrations of this award-winning AI technology to partners and visitors. Hear Dr Leila Walker, our UK Director, talk more about our work with Lord Jim Knight between 1615 and 1645 on Friday 25th January in the Schools Theatre. Alternatively, visit Stand C83 to meet the team and find out how Web for Classrooms could transform your product offer to schools by enriching lesson planning and resources.

About Wizenoze
Wizenoze gives people access to an internet that matches their reading skills via the largest curated collection of online content available in the world today. The Web for Classrooms consists of more than 7 million pages and is comprehensively curated and indexed by reading level ability, giving people with lower reading skills access to reliable information on the internet that they understand.

Pearson funds Cell-Ed and Wizenoze partnership to help low-literate adults worldwide better their lives

Partnership will bring skills courses and an easier-to-read internet to low-literate adults

Palo Alto and London, January 8, 2019 – Cell-Ed, a Silicon Valley-based mobile learning solution for low-skilled workers, and Wizenoze, a London/Amsterdam-based solution for a smarter internet for education, today announced a partnership to make it easier and faster for low-literate and low-skilled adults (16+) worldwide to learn basic skills and find relevant and reliable information online that’s matched to their reading level. This partnership is financially supported by the Pearson Project Literacy Lab fund.

The partnership takes aim at both the massive global market of two billion adults who lack basic skills, such as language, literacy, numeracy and job readiness, and at an internet that is written at a reading level too high for most people to comprehend.

Some 75% of the online content is not understood by 60% of readers, and 41% of users leave websites because the text is too difficult to read, according to Wizenoze research.

“In order to close the global literacy gap, we need to support innovative problem-solvers whose technologies help boost reading and learning skills. If we are serious about solving this pressing issue of illiteracy, we need to make entrepreneurs part of the solution,” said Jennifer Young Perlman, Director of Innovation and Partnerships for Pearson. “By combining the award-winning technologies of Cell-Ed and Wizenoze with Pearson’s expertise and resources, we can make a bigger impact on improving people’s lives globally through literacy, which is at the heart of Project Literacy’s mission.”

Project Literacy Lab, a partnership between Pearson and Unreasonable Group, is funding the initial integration of Cell-Ed and Wizenoze products, which learners access through employers, educators and governments around the world. The Lab selected both Cell-Ed and Wizenoze as rapid-growth ventures that are positioned to help close the global literacy gap by 2030.

“As soon as learners gain skills through Cell-Ed, they are eager to apply them online, searching for jobs, flu shot information or a new bank, which is a natural next step. But the internet wasn’t designed with the low literate in mind. Luckily, Wizenoze was, providing a highly valuable solution that allows users to search by readability level so the results they see are understandable, as well as reliable, saving them time and hassle,” said Jessica Rothenberg-Aalami, CEO and founder of Cell-Ed. “Through this unique partnership with industry-leading Wizenoze, Cell-Ed will be able to bring our learners the same access to online information that the higher literate have over any mobile device.”

“This partnership with award-winning Cell-Ed will strengthen our combined ambition to scale worldwide. It enables millions of users to improve their basic literacy skills and find information on the internet that they can truly understand. Having access to understandable information will unleash their full potential,” said Diane Janknegt, CEO and founder of Wizenoze.

About Cell-Ed

Cell-Ed offers a complete mobile solution for employers and education providers to reach, teach, and upskill millions of low-skilled, low-literate, low-wage workers worldwide on any mobile device – from smartphones to tablets to computers to even flip phones – with no internet connection or data plan needed. Our personalized and scalable platform, real-world courses and customizable content are used by Discovery, the States of New York and Virginia, SEIU, the Los Angeles Public Library and others. We are a social enterprise based in Palo Alto, California.

About Wizenoze

Wizenoze gives people access to an internet that matches their reading skills via the largest curated collection of online content available in the world today. The Web for Classrooms consists of more than 7 million pages and is comprehensively curated and indexed by reading level ability, giving people with lower reading skills access to reliable information on the internet that they understand.

About Project Literacy

Project Literacy is a global movement to make significant and sustainable advances in the fight against illiteracy so that all people – regardless of geography, language, race, class, or gender – have the opportunity to fulfill their potential through the power of words. Founded and convened by Pearson, Project Literacy brings together a diverse and global cross-section of people and organizations to help unlock the potential of individuals, families and communities everywhere to make significant and sustainable advances in literacy over the next five years so that by 2030, no child will be born at risk of poor literacy.

Senior Sales Manager (The Netherlands)

NB: No recruiters or body shops (we will not respond). We only deal with individuals. 

Are you looking to work on selling technology that can change the way the world is educated online, with high profile projects and with a motivated team?

WizeNoze is an award winning growth-stage startup which develops software that enables students to find content online that matches their reading ability – raising their educational performance. We use the latest technology in natural language processing and machine learning to classify and adapt content in our search engines. You’ll be responsible for selling our products into enterprise partnerships in the B2B market. This will improve how students discover and interact with the online world from the age of 6 up to 21.

We’re looking for a Senior Sales Manager based in the Netherlands.

What do we offer?

As a Senior Sales Manager you will be able to define a sales strategy to build the company from growth to scale stage. As a highly valued member of the senior team, a generous rewards package based on a combination of a fixed salary and a sales performance will be offered. In addition, after 6 months of successful delivery, an option package can be discussed.

The team

We are an international team of educators, scientists, commercials, and developers in child-computer interaction and machine learning. We truly believe in only ‘hiring the best’. We love proactiveness, ownership, and flexibility. Our HQ is in Amsterdam, with a UK office in Shoreditch, London. The team come from all over the world: South Africa, Hungary, Greece, the UK and The Netherlands. We work as a distributed team with plenty of remote work support via tools like Asana, Hangouts, Slack, etc. Our team is small and close-knit, making communication easy without an overload of process and management. We have lots of combined experience and do not settle for mediocre products. We only sell through significant partnerships that will enable us to scale quickly and deeply across schools, colleges and libraries. We focus on agile development (both for product and sales development) via a rapid prototyping methodology.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Seeking out major (enterprise) clients and forming working relationships with the premier buyers in the education industry
  • Forging relationships with new clients at Executive/Board level
  • Identifying valuable emerging markets, continuously widening the leads pipeline
  • Accurately forecasting future sales and forming sales plans to adapt to constant shifts in the marketplace
  • Serving as a business representative at major industry events, conferences, trade shows, and expositions
  • Maximising company profit
  • Foreseeing and avoiding stagnation in the marketplace
  • Writing customer proposals and contracts, as well as, grant applications
  • Take responsibility for each sale lifecycle – from lead to opportunity through to closure and on-going customer account support
  • Establishing clear and robust procedures to keep track of leads and opportunities using the company CRM system

General skills

  • Experience in managing and creating sales contracts
  • Excellent presentation skills to effectively influence future buying behaviour – at external meetings, as well as, large trade shows and education conferences
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and social skills. You will be often the ‘face’ of the company, meeting customers and key stakeholders, so you need to be able to communicate effectively and deal with conflicting opinions in a professional manner
  • Excellent written skills. You will write external facing proposals and contracts in line with company policy. As well as, grant applications.
  • Internal, cross-functional communication and collaboration. You will be working with tech, sales, customers, users, and have to be comfortable speaking the language of each and coordinating across teams.
  • Bring evidence-based decision-making to all aspects of your work
  • Be a ruthless prioritiser while balancing the needs of customers and stakeholders

Requirements

  • Charismatic and persuasive, showing passion and self belief in the products you are selling, persuasive and confident, with empathy and patience
  • Educated to degree level
  • 10+ years senior sales experience
  • Significant network of influencers – particularly within the education sector.
  • Measurable track record of significant sales deals
  • Experience of writing customer proposals for significant deals and grants for significant amounts.
  • The position will have a significant amount of travel expected.

NB: No recruitment agencies. We only deal with individuals.

A well-thought out cover letter explaining why you fit the above requirements well and want to work for Wizenoze will put you at the top of the list. While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 10 working days please consider your application unsuccessful.

Please contact us at job_sales_manager@wizenoze.com.

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Senior Sales Manager (United Kingdom)

Are you looking to work on selling technology that can change the way the world is educated online, with high profile projects and with a motivated team?

Wizenoze is an award-winning growth-stage startup. We develop software that enables students (6-21) to find content online that matches their reading ability – raising their educational performance. We use the latest technology in natural language processing and machine learning to classify and adapt content in our search engines.

We are looking for a Senior Sales Manager based in the UK. With responsibility for selling our products into enterprise partnerships in the UK B2B market.

What do we offer?

As the Senior Sales Manager for the UK market, you will be able to define a sales strategy to build the company from growth to scale stage. As a highly valued member of the senior team, a rewards package based on a combination of a fixed salary and a sales performance will be offered. In addition, after 6 months of successful delivery, an option package can be discussed.

The team

We are an international team of educators, scientists, commercials, and developers in child-computer interaction and machine learning. We truly believe in only ‘hiring the best’. We love proactiveness, ownership, and flexibility. Our strategic office is in Shoreditch, London with our HQ in Amsterdam. The team members come from all over the world: South Africa, Hungary and the UK, and The Netherlands. We work as a distributed team with plenty of remote work support via tools like Asana, Hangouts, Slack, etc. Our team is small and close-knit, making communication easy without an overload of process and management. We have lots of combined experience and do not settle for mediocre products. We only sell through significant partnerships that will enable us to scale quickly and deeply across schools, colleges, and libraries. We focus on agile development (both for product and sales development) via a rapid prototyping methodology.

Responsibilities and duties

  • Seeking out major (enterprise) UK clients and forming working relationships with the premier buyers in the education industry
  • Forging relationships with new clients at Executive/Board level
  • Identifying valuable emerging markets, continuously widening the leads pipeline
  • Accurately forecasting future sales and forming sales plans to adapt to constant shifts in the marketplace
  • Serving as a business representative at major industry events, conferences, trade shows, and expositions
  • Maximising company profit
  • Foreseeing and avoiding stagnation in the marketplace
  • Writing customer proposals and contracts, as well as, grant applications
  • Take responsibility for each sale lifecycle – from lead to opportunity through to closure and ongoing customer account support
  • Establishing clear and robust procedures to keep track of leads and opportunities using the company CRM system

General skills

  • Experience in closing, managing and creating sales contracts.
  • Analytic skills and affinity with numbers to do some deep dive (sale) analytics.
  • Excellent presentation skills to effectively influence future buying behaviour – at external meetings, as well as, large trade shows and education conferences
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and social skills. You will be often the ‘face’ of the company, meeting customers and key stakeholders, so you need to be able to communicate effectively and deal with conflicting opinions in a professional manner
  • Excellent writing skills. You will write external facing proposals and contracts in line with company policy. As well as grant applications.
  • Internal, cross-functional communication and collaboration. You will be working with tech, sales, customers, users, and have to be comfortable speaking the language of each and coordinating across teams.
  • Bring evidence-based decision-making to all aspects of your work.
  • Be a ruthless prioritiser while balancing the needs of Wizenoze, customers, and stakeholders.

Requirements

  • Charismatic and persuasive, showing passion and self belief in the products you are selling, persuasive and confident, with empathy and patience.
  • Educated to an Honours degree level.
  • 10+ years senior sales experience.
  • Significant network of influencers – particularly within the education sector.
  • Measurable track record of significant sales deals.
  • Experience of writing customer proposals for significant deals and grants for significant amounts.

NB: No recruitment agencies. We only deal with individuals.

A well-thought out cover letter explaining why you fit the above requirements well and want to work for Wizenoze will put you at the top of the list. While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 10 working days please consider your application unsuccessful.

Senior Java software developer

NB: No recruiters or body shops. We only deal with individuals.

Are you looking to work on challenging projects, with a motivated team, while building technology that can change the world?

We’re looking for a backend software developer with at least 3 years experience in Java, Spring, RESTful web services, and Elasticsearch.

We’re open to remote work in time zones within two hours of Amsterdam (GMT+1/CEST).

WizeNoze is a growth-stage startup which develops software that enables students to find educational content online that matches their interests and abilities. We use natural language processing and machine learning to classify and adapt content in our search engines. You’ll be responsible for building software that will change how students discover and interact with the online world.

The team

We are an international team of educators, scientists, and developers in child-computer interaction and machine learning. We love proactiveness, ownership, and flexibility. Our HQ is in Amsterdam, our strategic office is in London but we come from all over the world: South Africa, Hungary, the UK and the Netherlands. We work as a distributed team with plenty of remote work support via Asana, Hangouts, Slack, etc. Our development team is smart, small and close-knit, making communication easy without an overload of process and management. We have lots of combined experience and do not settle for mediocre code. We focus on agile development, automated testing, and continuous deployment to get code to customers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest quality.

Responsibilities:

You’ll mainly be responsible for building and maintaining highly-scalable APIs in Java with Spring, but you’ll have options to branch into:

  • making academic algorithms perform at a commercial level using state of the art machine learning and natural language processing
  • improving our Storm-based web crawler; enhancing our search engine based on Elasticsearch
  • keeping our cloud-based architecture running smoothly using devops techniques

Requirements:

  • Writing production web backends in Java.
  • API development. REST, HTTP, JSON, etc.
  • SQL and RDBMS. JPA and Hibernate
  • Communicating and collaborating on designs remotely using diagrams, video conferencing, instant messaging, prototypes, etc.
  • Git and github workflows
  • Elasticsearch. Or NoSQL data stores and search tech

Bonus points for:

  • AWS stack: EC2, Beanstalk, S3, RDS, Cloudfront, Route53, etc.
  • Linux administration and shell scripting
  • Devops techniques like continuous integration and delivery, zero-downtime deployments, clustering, queues, failover, redundancy, automated and validated backups, etc.
  • Monitoring, alerts, error reporting and metrics. Prometheus, Grafana, Sentry, Kibana, etc.

Your traits:

  • Pragmatic
  • Attention to detail
  • Take pride in your work
  • Take responsibility for your work throughout its lifecycle
  • High degree of personal responsibility over designated duties
  • Curious. Able to learn and apply new concepts and tools rapidly
  • Consistent and organised
  • Timely and eloquent communicator
  • Focused on helping the team win, before personal gain
  • Open to receiving objective criticism and improving upon it
  • Like to work in a startup environment

Interested?

NB: No recruiters or body shops. We only deal with individuals.

Please apply for this job by sending your resume and a customised cover letter to jobs@wizenoze.com with the subject line “Senior Java software developer”

While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 10 working days please consider your application unsuccessful.

Prowise and Wizenoze increase the relevance of internet in the classroom

London, December 6, 2018 – Wizenoze and Prowise join forces. With the collaboration, Prowise enables users to gain access to The Web for Classrooms, through the free education software Prowise Presenter. This innovative technology provides relevant, reliable and readable online information that is suitable for an educational environment and offered at the appropriate level for students. 

The Web for Classrooms will be fully integrated into Prowise Presenter 10. This entirely free education software is already packed with content and interactive possibilities for teachers (instruction), groups (collaborative learning) and students (processing). With the integration of The Web for Classrooms in Presenter, teachers and students gain access to a more relevant source of online information for preparing their lessons or presentations. The technology, based on artificial intelligence, aligns the relevance of the information retrieved from the internet with the demands of the users in the education sector.

Complete education software Presenter 10 is currently available as a beta version and is the latest version will be presented to the public during the Bett in London, the world’s largest education convention. From April 2019 onwards, the latest version of the education software (including The Web for Classrooms) will be available in The Netherlands, England and Belgium. With the education software, teachers and students use images, videos, tools, Touch Table tools and 3D models, as well as ready-made education strands, quizzes and mindmaps.

International development Both parties are enthusiastic about the opportunities that accompany this collaboration. Diane Janknegt, the founder of Wizenoze, is ecstatic about the prospect that now hundreds of thousands of teachers can start using The Web for Classrooms, a source of online information especially fitted for use in the classroom. “With this platform, users can retrieve online information to strengthen their lesson or presentation. It is time efficient and students get better grades. Prowise has now given us the opportunity to rapidly develop The Web for Classrooms on an international scale.”

Appealing to schools “The integration of The Web for Classrooms” makes our free education software Prowise Presenter 10 even more complete”, director Michael Ahrens adds. “Presenter runs perfectly on our hardware devices such as Prowise Touchscreen, Chromebooks EduLine, All-in-One PC and EduBook 360. Moreover, it plays an integral role in our online learning environment Prowise GO for teachers (instruction) and students (collaborative learning and processing). This makes the interactive Prowise solution extra appealing to schools.”

Editor’s notes

About Prowise Prowise is a leading Dutch company that invests in innovation, quality and reliability in the field of digital learning solutions. By developing their own touchscreens, tablets and user-friendly software, Prowise makes learning more accessible, effective and enjoyable. In 2017, Prowise was awarded the golden FD Gazellen Award (region South in the category large companies) as one of the fastest growing companies in the Netherlands. The Budel-based company, that has only been operational for 9 years, recorded an average revenue growth of 151% over the past three years. Today, over 20,000 schools, 300,000 teachers and hundreds of businesses in over 21 countries use the Prowise solutions. About Wizenoze Wizenoze was founded in 2013 by Diane Janknegt (previously at Microsoft) and Prof. Dr. Theo Huibers (Twente University). Their goal is to make quality content available for students, adolescents, functionally illiterate and anyone who enjoys acquiring readable information. This disruptive technology is developed by an international team of teachers, scientists and developers, specialised in language technology, search engine technology and artificial intelligence. Since 2018, Wizenoze has become a player on the international stage. For interview requests or for further information, please contact Hanna Jochmann at hanna@wizenoze.com.

Senior site reliability engineer

NB: No recruiters or body shops. We only deal with individuals.

Are you looking to work on challenging projects, with a motivated team, while building technology that can change the world?

WizeNoze is a growth-stage startup which develops software that enables students to find educational content online that matches their interests and abilities. We use natural language processing and machine learning to classify and adapt content in our search engines. You’ll be responsible for site reliability along with the CTO. Everything from defining system architecture to working out tough performance problems across our AWS systems.

We’re open to remote work in time zones within two hours of Amsterdam (GMT+1/CEST).

The team

We are an international team of educators, scientists, and developers in child-computer interaction and machine learning. We love proactiveness, ownership, and flexibility. Our HQ is in Amsterdam, our strategic office is in London but we come from all over the word: South Africa, Hungary, Greece, France, the UK and the Netherlands. We work as a distributed team with plenty of remote work support via Asana, Hangouts, Slack, etc. Our development team is smart, small and close-knit, making communication easy without an overload of process and management. We have lots of combined experience and do not settle for mediocre code. We focus on agile development, automated testing, and continuous deployment to get code to customers as quickly as possible while maintaining the highest quality.

Your responsibilities:

  • Manage, monitor, secure, and optimise our SaaS systems on AWS.
  • Help define systems architecture, by balancing cost, performance, security, and reliability.
  • Debug difficult production problems related to performance, etc. down to the code level if necessary.
  • Create performance and security guidelines for our developers

Skills & requirements

  • 5+ years experience in site reliability engineering, mostly on AWS
  • Amazon Web Services experience across EC2, Route53, S3, Cloudfront, Cloudwatch, Elastic Beanstalk, Elasticsearch Service, SQS, RDS, IAM
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and social skills
  • Elasticsearch experience and extensive knowledge on tuning, monitoring, and managing clusters
  • Java stack experience (Groovy would be good too), with a focus on optimisation and monitoring
  • SQL and MySQL working knowledge
  • System monitoring using Prometheus, Kibana, Sentry, Klipfolio, etc.
  • CI with Jenkins
  • Python experience beneficial as most of our devops scripts are written in it
  • Klipfolio and other dashboard building experience a plus
  • Experience working in an agile development process
  • A computer science or related degree is a bonus

Personal traits:

  • Pragmatic
  • Attention to detail
  • Take pride in your work
  • Take responsibility for your work throughout its lifecycle
  • High degree of personal responsibility over designated duties
  • Curious. Able to learn and apply new concepts and tools rapidly
  • Consistent and organised
  • Timely and eloquent communicator
  • Focused on helping the team win, before personal gain
  • Open to receiving objective criticism and improving upon it
  • Like to work in a startup environment

NB: No recruiters or body shops. We only deal with individuals.

While we would really like to respond to every application, should you not be contacted for this position within 10 working days please consider your application unsuccessful.

Please apply with a customised cover letter and CV to jobs-sre@wizenoze.com

Crawl configuration assistant

NB: No recruiters or body shops (we will not respond). We only deal with individuals. 

Part time job at IT startup in the heart of Amsterdam

Wizenoze develops tools that enable students to search and find content online that matches their interests and reading skills. These products are powered by our search engine, classification algorithm and content creation tools. You’ll be helping to curate and configure sources in our content collection, with a focus on interpreting and evaluating test results and notifications.

Wizenoze is looking for an IT student (2 days per week) to help with configuring web crawling tools.

Base Requirements

  • Computer science, information retrieval, software engineering or related field (HBO/WO);
  • Good working knowledge of HTML (X-Path) and Regular Expressions;
  • Comfortable working with browser dev tools;
  • Widely interested;
  • Able to work from our office in central Amsterdam;
  • Comfortable communicating in English and Dutch.

What do we offer?

  • Work on an innovative product that is being used internationally;
  • 1 or 2 days per week;
  • Free lunch!
  • Work with experienced and innovative engineers and a professional team;
  • A technically innovative company with multiple opportunities;
  • A flexible working environment;
  • An office in downtown Amsterdam.
  • Salary is €400/month for 1 day/week

About Wizenoze

Wizenoze is a new, innovative and ambitious venture that focuses on developing educational technology. The Wizenoze mission is to help students at schools, in libraries and at home to find relevant content online.

Interested?

Please apply for this job by sending your resume and a brief cover letter to
jobs-cca@wizenoze.com. Or call 0651324466 (Diane).


NB: No recruitment agencies. We only deal with individuals.

Accenture innovation awards

“Wizenoze has branches in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. In the United Kingdom, this innovative concept participated in the official state visit of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima. The week after, Wizenoze took the stage as one of the finalists of the Accenture Innovation Awards Summit”

Innovation-awards.nl/en-us/

Wizenoze signs new partnership with Tes Global to explore a new quality standard for teaching resources

London, November 14, 2018 – Tes global, home to a community of 11.6m teachers and others involved in education, is to run a pilot with AI company Wizenoze, that would see teachers gain access to a set of tools to help them create resources matched to student needs, saving time and improving quality.

  • Tes and Wizenoze are launching a pilot that could help teachers produce high-quality resources, well-targeted by abilities such as reading level and potentially reduce the time they take to create.
  • The two partners share the goal of supporting teachers to produce and source teaching and learning resources of the highest professional standard.
  • The partnership will test how and to what extent the technology may support teachers to become better at meeting the reading levels of individual students when producing resources.
  • Tes hosts the world’s largest collection of shared teaching resources, which is used by over 11 million users, downloading up to a million resources a day.
  • Wizenoze, a specialist AI company, uses machine learning and natural language processing to create a simple 5 scale ‘reading index’, which is matched to different audience levels including the UK and US school stages e.g. Key Stage 4.

The partners aim to demonstrate best practice in the creation of teaching resources, following recent calls from the Department of Education for teachers to make use of materials that are quality-assured.

Over the next few months, Wizenoze will work with Tes resource authors to explore a new framework of quality indicators for teaching resources, applying access to technology.

“With more and more demands on the teaching profession to use technology to support the needs of individual learners, Wizenoze is excited to offer its easy to use technology to help practitioners apply simple checks to ensure their resources meet the reading level for each student. If a resource is easy to read, then the student has the best chance to comprehend the learning task provided.”

Dr Leila Walker, UK Director, Wizenoze

“We know there are already hundreds of thousands of brilliant teaching resources on Tes – but we want to get even better at ensuring teachers see the ones that are the highest quality first. So we are working on a range of initiatives on this topic, and are especially proud to be partnering with Wizenoze, and with Dr Leila Walker, who we regard as a real authority on how the quality of teaching materials should be judged.”

Mr Michael Shaw, Director of Resources, Tes

Editor’s notes

About Tes

Tes is a digital education company, home to one of the largest digital communities of any profession, with over 11 million members. We believe in the power of great teaching. We support and connect teachers and schools worldwide, helping them improve children’s lives through education. For more information visit tes.com.

About Wizenoze

Wizenoze is on a mission to help students all over the world at school, in libraries and at home to find relevant content online. Wizenoze specialises in the readability and modern classification of written texts. The company was launched in 2013 by Diane Janknegt (ex-Director, Microsoft) and Prof. Dr Theo Huibers (Strategy Advisor & Professor, Twente University).

Founded in Amsterdam and with a global office in London, the company is passionate about its mission to close the readability gap on the web, especially for students and second language learners. Working with teachers and supporting schools lies at the heart of that mission. Today, their online content collection, the Web for Classrooms is deployed in varied learning environments to provide easy access to relevant web-based information at the right reading level.

An active supporter of the global literacy movement. Wizenoze was selected by the world’s leading education company, Pearson, to participate in the Project Literacy Lab, the world’s first international partnership focused on supporting rapid growth ventures that are positioned to close the global literacy gap by 2030. The Web for Classrooms has been recognised as an innovative use of Ai that has the ability to quickly scale, worldwide.

Wizenoze is proud to have received an Innovation Credit from the Dutch Government and has also been awarded a prestigious development grant by Google in recognition of its advanced technology. In addition, Wizenoze’s  UK expansion is actively supported by the UK Government’s Global Entrepreneur Programme at the Department for International Trade, which encourages successful European companies to open up UK offices. More broadly,  latest investments have also been focused on worldwide expansion and the technology is now being deployed in India, Tajikistan, Kenya, the USA and the UAE.

For interview requests or for further information, please contact Leila Walker at leila@wizenoze.com.

Helping Students Make the Most of the Web

By Mr Ian Ashman, FE Consultant, Former Principal of Hackney Community College and President of the Association of Colleges

How many teachers have you heard say “Google it” in response to a question from a student or when setting an assignment?  Followed quickly by – “oh and, by the way, other search engines are available”. Actually, there is little alternative to using ‘Google’ as a search engine for education. 

However, this creates a couple of problems for students, especially in further education. Firstly, avoiding the distractions of a commercially driven search engine takes the utmost resilience – how many of us have gone off down a wormhole of ‘fascinating facts’ or followed an advert for ‘just the thing I’ve been looking for’? Secondly, our students come with a wide range of literacy levels, most below GCSE grade 3, but most material sourced through search engines requires literacy at level 3 and above.

So, students continue to use Google as access to ‘relevant’ information best sourced online, even though it’s not always helpful. 

To better support the needs of students and educators, Wizenoze created ‘The Web for Classrooms’. This allows searchers to discover relevant and readable content on the internet matched to their reading level. The Web for Classrooms has over 6.5 million (and growing) English language web pages from trusted site sources; hand checked by educators for suitability for their curriculum and indexed on a 5-scale reading score. Therefore, it’s the largest safe-for-education collection of publicly available online content. It can help educators to prepare lessons efficiently and supports students to improve their independent research and learning, distraction-free.

Wizenoze with the support of Pearson is proposing to carry out the Web for Classrooms in FE Project. The project will collect data from a comparative study in some pilot colleges to demonstrate the impact of providing a learner access to an alternative search engine that only contains reliable education content that can be filtered by reading level.  We are interested to see if it show similar trends to that in their previous research in schools, where students using the Web for Classrooms reported an increase in reading confidence and better learning outcomes.

When I was Principal in Hackney, I personally saw the impact that enhancing learning resources made to the success of students in college. I’m continuing to work with a number of Colleges through Pearson’s Further Education Group and keen to see others join in the Web for Classrooms pilot. So, I’ve agreed to Chair a Steering Group for the Project.

If you’d like to get involved in the Web for Classrooms in FE project contact Dr Leila Walker, UK Director at leila@wizenoze.com.

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