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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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.

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.

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.

Hoge nood voor een beter educatief internet

Het internet is een geweldig medium dat de levensstandaard van vele mensen significant kan verbeteren. Ze hebben heel gemakkelijker toegang tot informatie en kunnen zich daardoor goed ontwikkelen. Hierdoor kan het internet een mooie en vernieuwende rol spelen in het onderwijs. Aan de andere kant wordt het internet vaak als een bedreiging gezien. Zo verscheen vorige week in het nieuws dat het CDA wil dat er werk wordt gemaakt van een kijkwijzer bij filmpjes op YouTube. De partij vindt dat kinderen die filmpjes op het platform kijken beter moeten worden beschermd tegen beelden met seks, geweld en grove taal [1].

Schadelijke content is niet het grootste probleem

Het uitgangspunt om kinderen te willen beschermen van het zien van schadelijke content online is natuurlijk heel goed, al is het waarschijnlijk onmogelijk om alle filmpjes op YouTube te voorzien van een kijkwijzer-classificatie, zeker met terugwerkende kracht.

Er ligt alleen een veel grotere uitdaging dan het beschermen van kinderen en jongeren van het zien van schadelijke content via het internet (lees: Google en YouTube). De enorme potentie van het internet voor het onderwijs staat onder druk omdat het vinden van geschikte informatie zo goed als onmogelijk is. Het gebruik van het internet voor onderwijsdoeleinden brengt voor veel scholieren namelijk op dit moment grote problemen met zich mee.

“Google het maar even” kan echt niet meer!

Bijna alle Nederlandse scholieren maken gebruik van Google om informatie te vinden voor hun schoolopdrachten [2]. Op de basisschool, de middelbare school en zeker ook op het beroepsonderwijs.  Logisch natuurlijk, want Google biedt toegang tot alle beschikbare online content over elk denkbaar onderwerp. Als je weet naar welke website je wilt gaan, of als je iets wilt kopen, dan is Google ook een van de beste plekken om je online zoektocht te beginnen. Maar voor het zoeken naar informatie voor je schoolwerk is dat niet het geval. Het internet staat vol met hele goede en geschikte informatie om te gebruiken in het onderwijs, maar de vraag is hoe scholieren daar komen? Wat is het probleem:

  1. Het aantal resultaten dat Google geeft is overweldigend. Het is lastig voor  scholieren om te bepalen welke informatie relevant is voor hun zoekvraag en ze zijn nog niet goed in staat de betrouwbaarheid van informatie te beoordelen. De afleiding van commerciele aanbieders en websites met fake news ligt continue op de loer.
  2. Maar een nog groter probleem is dat de meerderheid van de teksten op internet ook nog eens te moeilijk geschreven zijn waardoor het moeilijk is voor hen om het te begrijpen.

Kortom, het probleem van internet is nog veel groter dan het gevaar van het zien van schadelijke content: de huidige versie is een onleesbaar, onbetrouwbaar en irrelevant voor educatieve doeleinden.

Gebrek aan online informatievaardigheden

De voorkeur van kinderen om Google te gebruiken komt eigenlijk doordat zij aanzienlijk achterlopen met hun online zoekvaardigheden. Het kenmerk van huidig zoekgedrag berust op routine en effectiviteit in plaats van doorgrondigheid en informatievaardigheden [3]. Wij gaan er maar al te makkelijk van uit dat kinderen “digital natives” en dus “experts” zijn als het gaat om het gebruik van digitale media. Zij beginnen al op erg jonge leeftijd met het gebruik van digitale apparaten en kennen geen wereld zonder computers, videospellen en het internet, waardoor wij denken dat zij alles wel weten. Het is echter naïef om deze conclusie te trekken als het gaat om het zoeken naar (educatieve) informatie. Hoewel kinderen digitaal heel handig zijn, hebben zij niet zomaar de vaardigheden die nodig zijn om goed om te kunnen gaan met online informatie.

Hoe vind je dan wel geschikte educatieve content op internet?

Er is heel veel goede informatie te vinden op internet die te gebruiken is binnen het onderwijs. Zo heb je bijvoorbeeld veel goede YouTube kanalen van docenten die onderwerpen uit het curriculum toelichten. Zoals je YouTube video’s of kanalen als ‘geschikt’ zou kunnen bestempelen voor kinderen en jongeren, zo kun je dat voor het hele internet doen voor het gebruik ervan in de klas. Het ‘eruit filteren’ van ongeschikte content (ook wel blacklisting genoemd) is maar een begin. Je kunt scholieren helpen door een voorselectie te maken van de vele betrouwbare, informatieve websites en YouTube kanalen die gemaakt zijn en dus geschikt zijn voor de verschillende leesniveaus van leerlingen (ook wel white listing genoemd). Op die manier weet je zeker dat leerlingen relevante en betrouwbare informatie kunnen vinden voor hun schoolwerk op hun eigen niveau. Bovendien kan je op deze manier ook nog eens heel voorzichtig omgaan met de data van de leerlingen, omdat commercie hier geen enkele rol speelt.

In plaats dat het internet een bedreiging vormt voor scholieren, komt de kracht van het internet op deze manier juist ten goede aan het onderwijs. Het draagt op die manier bij aan een inclusieve samenleving met gelijke kansen voor iedereen. Dat willen we toch allemaal?

Bronnen

[1] https://nos.nl/artikel/2261838-cda-ook-een-kijkwijzer-voor-youtube.html
[2]mijnkindonline.nl/sites/default/files/uploads/Kennisnet_Monitor_Jeugd_en_media_2015.pdf
[3] https://www.inforum.cz/pdf/2011/vom-orde-heike.pdf
[4] gigaom.com/2015/02/11/the-viral-content-problem-many-people-dont-care-whether-its-true/

 

hannaHanna Jochmann

Specialist digitaal zoekgedrag van kinderen en product owner bij WizeNoze, gepromoveerd op een onderzoek naar zoekgedrag van kinderen en het effect van typen web design op het gedrag van kinderen. In haar rol als product owner schakelt Hanna steeds tussen de behoeften en wensen van de eindgebruikers en de prioriteiten voor het developers team.

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.

Prowise en Wizenoze maken samen internet relevanter voor de klas

Amsterdam, 6 december 2018 – Wizenoze en Prowise bundelen de krachten. Met deze samenwerking geeft Prowise, via de gratis onderwijssoftware Prowise Presenter, gebruikers toegang tot The Web for Classrooms. Deze innovatieve technologie toont relevante, betrouwbare en leesbare online informatie die geschikt is voor een educatieve omgeving en wordt gepresenteerd op het juiste niveau voor leerlingen.

The Web for Classrooms wordt volledig geïntegreerd in Prowise Presenter 10. Deze volledig gratis onderwijssoftware zit al boordevol content en interactieve mogelijkheden voor leerkrachten (instructie), groepen (samenwerkend leren) en leerlingen (verwerking). Met de integratie van The Web for Classrooms krijgen leerkrachten en leerlingen toegang tot een relevanter internet voor de voorbereiding van hun lessen of presentaties. De technologie, op basis van artificial intelligence, zorgt ervoor dat het leesniveau en de relevantie van informatie van het internet beter aansluit bij de gebruikers in het onderwijs.

Complete onderwijssoftware

Presenter 10 is momenteel als bètaversie beschikbaar en tijdens de Bett in Londen, de grootste onderwijsbeurs ter wereld, wordt de nieuwste versie voorgesteld aan het grote publiek. Per april 2019 is de nieuwste versie van de educatieve software (inclusief The Web for Classrooms) beschikbaar in Nederland, Engeland en België. Met de onderwijssoftware maken leerkrachten en leerlingen gebruik van afbeeldingen, video’s, tools, touchtafel-tools en 3D-modellen, maar ook kant-en-klare leerlijnen, quizzen en mindmaps.

Internationale uitrol

Beide partijen zijn enthousiast over de mogelijkheden die deze samenwerking met zich meebrengt. Diane Janknegt, founder van Wizenoze, is zeer verheugd dat via het indrukwekkende bereik van Prowise vele honderdduizenden docenten gebruik kunnen gaan maken van The Web for Classrooms, een versie van het internet dat geschikt is voor in de klas. “Hierdoor hebben gebruikers de beschikking over online informatie ter verrijking van hun les of presentatie. Dit bespaart tijd en de leerlingen halen er betere cijfers mee. Prowise geeft ons nu de kans The Web for Classrooms snel internationaal uit te rollen.”

Aantrekkelijk voor scholen

“De integratie van The Web for Classrooms maakt onze gratis onderwijssoftware Prowise Presenter 10 nog completer”, weet directeur Michael Ahrens. “Presenter draait uiteraard perfect op onze hardware-oplossingen zoals het Prowise Touchscreen, Chromebooks EduLine, All-in-One PC en EduBook 360. Bovendien speelt het voor leerkrachten (instructie) en leerlingen (samenwerkend leren en verwerking) een centrale rol in onze online leeromgeving Prowise GO. Dit maakt de interactieve Prowise-oplossing extra aantrekkelijk voor scholen.”

Voor de redactie

Over Prowise
Prowise is een toonaangevend Nederlands bedrijf dat investeert in innovatie, kwaliteit en betrouwbaarheid op het gebied van digitale leeroplossingen. Door gebruik te maken van zelf ontwikkelde touchscreens, tablets en gebruiksvriendelijke software maakt Prowise leren toegankelijker, effectiever en leuker. In 2017 won Prowise de gouden FD Gazellen Award (regio Zuid in de categorie grote bedrijven) als één van de snelst groeiende bedrijven van Nederland. Het negen jaar jonge bedrijf uit Budel boekte een gemiddelde omzetstijging van 151 procent over de laatste drie jaar. Inmiddels maken meer dan 20.000 scholen, 300.000 leerkrachten en honderden bedrijven in meer dan 21 landen gebruik van de oplossingen van Prowise.

Over Wizenoze
Wizenoze werd in september 2013 opgericht door Diane Janknegt (ex-Microsoft) en Prof. dr. Theo Huibers (Universiteit Twente). Hun visie is om goede content toegankelijk te maken voor leerlingen, jongeren, laaggeletterden en iedereen die op een makkelijker leesniveau informatie wil lezen. Aan deze disruptieve technologie werkt een internationaal team van onderwijzers, wetenschappers en ontwikkelaars, gespecialiseerd in taaltechnologie, zoektechnologie en artificial intelligence. Wizenoze is aan het begin van 2018 internationaal uitgerold.

Voor vragen over dit persbericht kunt u contact opnemen met Hanna Jochmann via hanna@wizenoze.com of +31 650 97 61 75.

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/

Hoe je kinderen online leert zoeken

Zoeken op het internet. We doen het allemaal, de hele dag door, meestal vrij achteloos en op de automatische piloot. Des te gekker dat kinderen op school niet online leren zoeken. Maarten Sprenger wil daar verandering in brengen, hij schreef het boek ‘Slim Zoeken’, waarvan onlangs een herziene versie verscheen.

BNR – Digitaal interview door Herbert Blankesteijn – ook over Web for Classrooms

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.

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