Travis Ratman, the CEO and founder of Knowledge hook revealed that as a child he was at the bottom of his class. He assumed that he was stupid and slow. What made a big difference was Ratman’s dad who was a Maths tutor. His dad focused his attention on Ratman until he was at the top of his class.
Ratman’s Knowledge hook is a digital learning platform that helps teachers gain better outcomes for maths students. When the student logs on to the platform in school or at home, the system will analyse the student’s progress and identify where he is struggling. The teacher will be advised on the right techniques and support that will help the student.
After years of working with Microsoft, Ratman started to build Knowledge hook. Many EdTech ventures do not recognize the role of the teacher in the classroom as critical for learning; however, Knowledge hook sees the opportunity to connect teachers to their student’s learning problems.
It was not easy to create the system for Knowledge hook considering that they had to build a sophisticated data analytics infrastructure with the capability of analysing students’ performances. Ratman’s idea was to provide teachers with specific advice on how they can help their students based on global learnings about the best strategies to tackle particular issues.
Knowledge hook’s approach is truly successful. Their technology is now being used by 100,000 schools across the world with the US, Canada, and the UK as the most successful markets. The company hopes to reach 50 million students in South America, Australia, and New Zealand within the next year.
This year, online education platforms have become the trend so that students can continue with their studies even if the schools are closed. Ratman aims for long-term opportunities for education through a digital transformation but it won’t be easy due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There is no substitute for the experienced and dedicated Maths tutor who is working individually with a student. The home tutor is not replacing the teacher in the classroom; he is simply helping the teacher perform his job. The role of a teacher is challenging because of the number of students per classroom but the tutor can provide individualized attention at any time.