We’re in the midst of an exciting transformation in education, fueled by technology. Today, Pearson took us one step closer to achieving personalized digital learning for all students. Available for use by schools in the 2014-2015 school year, Pearson’s Common Core System of Courses, TestNav, and reading apps iLit and eText will be available on the Windows 8 platform.
We know every student is unique and there is no one-size-fits-all technology solution that inspires every student and yields success. That is why our collaboration with Pearson is so important. We combined our extensive technology expertise with Pearson’s deep experience as an education service provider to create new content that advances a digital education model to allow students to thrive in a personalized digital learning environment.
As part of this collaboration, these new applications for Windows 8 will be valuable in the classroom:
- The Common Core System of Courses is the first curriculum built for a digital personalized learning environment that is fully aligned to the new standards for college and career readiness. The curriculum is designed as a workshop model that provides opportunities for students to work individually, in pairs or in groups to develop ways of thinking about complex text and problems.
- iLit, Pearson’s core reading program, is aimed at closing the adolescent literacy gap. iLit offers students personalized learning support based on their own instructional needs and built-in reward systems that motivate them and track their progress. It is the only reading intervention program with technology-based writing coaching.
- eText, Pearson’s electronic book technology, is designed to meet students’ classroom needs. eText offers easy-to-use interactive and intuitive features such navigation controls, enhanced search functions, personal highlighting, bookmarks and note-taking to enable students and teachers to access the full functionality of Pearson’s eBook solutions on Windows 8 devices.
- TestNav 8, Pearson’s assessment application, allows schools to administer tests online and on demand, dependably and more securely. TestNav uses a student-friendly interface that employs interactive tools, enhancing the test-taking experience for all computer literacy levels.
We’ve seen how these applications can be successful in the classroom today. Milissa Crum is a teacher at Highland Middle School in Anderson, Indiana. Using iLit, she gets real-time data about her students, which helps guide her daily teaching interactions. With iLit, her sixth graders are hands-on with their learning and more involved in the conversation, which can ultimately increase their performance.
With impact like this, fueled by technology, students today have the tools to shape our future at their fingertips. There is no greater time to be a student.