Pearson Signals Major Shift From Print by Making All Textbook Updates ‘Digital First’


Today, Pearson announced it will adopt a “digital first” approach to updating its higher ed course materials, meaning that any revisions or changes to textbook content will happen first in the digital version. This new development process goes into effect next year, when “we will have a substantial number of titles that we will apply this new model to,” says Pearson CEO John Fallon. He did not rule out the possibility that Pearson may still issue new print editions. “If

What’s Next for Pearson? (Not Buying Your Education Startup.)


For Pearson, the world’s largest education company, some of its recent tumult in past years have been self-imposed, even deliberate, under the helm of John Fallon. Even its digital education assets, including PowerSchool, a student information system, was sold because it didn’t fit with Pearson’s focus on learning outcomes. At ASU + GSV Summit, an education industry conference, this week in San Diego, we sat down with Fallon to learn about what’s next for Pearson.


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Pearson CEO Fallon Talks Common Core, Rise of ‘Open’ Resources

Marketplace K-12

Few corporate brand names in education are as recognizable, and as polarizing, as Pearson, the giant education provider whose reach extends to virtual schools, testing, language training and an array of other areas. Many educators these days see Pearson as the embodiment of commercial businesses’ continued push to turn profits from public schools. Pearson officials have been talking about shifting away from being identified as simply a publishing company for years now.

Update! Pearson Sees Most of NC Users as Satisfied with PowerSchool Huh?

The 21st Century Principal

Yesterday, I posted about the many issues we are struggling with North Carolina’s roll-out of the Pearson’s PowerSchool student data system. The article also says Pearson has corrected a lot of problems as well. Still, I just can’t help but comment on this statement by Pearson spokesman Brandon Pinette: “We are confident the system is working better every day, and that the majority of users are satisfied with the new capabilities they have.”

Mentoring for Digital Leadership in California Adult Educators

Digital Promise

Our two remarkable DLAC coordinators, Neda Anasseri and Penny Pearson, model expert mentoring and coaching with the use of digital tools such as Flipgrid and Padlet.

Updated GED Exams Mean Fewer Test-Takers in Ohio, Pennsylvania

K-12 Schools - Education News

With economic changes and the up-scaling of work expectations, we need a high school completion model that can be a springboard to career readiness or post-secondary schooling.”. ” A Houston Chronicle article by University of Houston Downtown Testing Center Director Po-Chu Leung includes her opinions surrounding the new GED curriculum in Pearson’s General Education Development test (the GED), the only high school equivalency test given in Texas.

Targeting ‘Inclusive Access’ Deals, College Bookstores Sue Textbook Publishers and Retailers


But in their complaint , plaintiffs Campus Book Company, BJJ Corporation, CBSKY, CBSNM and argue that these subscriptions harm independent bookstores by effectively eliminating secondary markets for course materials. McGraw-Hill Global Education Holdings, Pearson Education Inc.,

How 4 visionary schools are venturing into a new mixed reality

eSchool News

A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality” learning experiences for students. Pearson is developing and piloting mixed reality content at colleges, universities and secondary schools in the United States and around the world.

Certiport, EC-Council Launch Cybersecurity Certification for Students


Certiport , a Pearson VUE business, today announces a certification program for secondary schools and higher education in partnership with EC-Council, a global provider of cybersecurity education. Certiport and EC-Council will launch the EC-Council Associate Series certification exams, practice tests, and curriculum beginning in fall 2018 starting with the Ethical Hacking Associate (EHA) and Cyber Forensics Associate (CFA) exams.

If We Talked About the Internet Like We Talk About OER: The Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

Iterating Toward Openness

Here’s a VP from Pearson: Tim Peyton, vice president of strategic partnerships at Pearson, said it was no secret that publishers like Pearson had made textbooks too expensive and had seen sales drop as a result. Imagine that – somehow – you’ve never used the internet before. A good friend and long-time internet user finds this out and begins trying to describe to you how awesome the internet is.

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Education Stimulus Funding: The Who, What, and Why

billion went to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). By Stacey Pusey. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Are History Textbooks Worth Using Anymore? Maybe Not, Some Teachers Say


A New York Times analysis earlier this year detailed how the most influential states, Texas and California, produce markedly different versions of the same texts from publishers such as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson and McGraw-Hill “shaded by partisan politics.”

Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

MAJOR BUSINESS SHIFT In major business news, publishers Elsevier and Pearson appear to be entering bankruptcy. AN EDUCATIONAL DIVIDE OPENS UP Open education has become the leading way schools assign content in primary and secondary schools, but the opposite is true in colleges and universities. In contrast, post-secondary faculty are generally unconvinced that open materials and scholarship are of sufficient quality to be adopted.

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Predictions of Print Textbooks’ Death Remain Greatly Exaggerated


In Pearson’s preliminary 2018 results released in February, the publisher said it expects flat revenue or even a 5 percent decline for its U.S. higher education courseware business despite gains in digital—all because of secondary textbook market’s impact. For Pearson, non-digital revenues still dominate at 38 percent, down from 41 percent the year prior. Print textbooks are the eternal punching bag for the things people think technology should render obsolete.

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The Vocabulary Doctors: How to Teach Vocabulary

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Angela Peery has been an educator 31 years and has served as a secondary English teacher, secondary administrator, instructional coach, turnaround specialist, curriculum developer, and consultant. She regularly contributes literacy insights at Dr. Kimberly’s Literacy Blog and has collaborated in writing classroom curriculum and language arts sections as well as chairing the Elementary Reading National Evaluation Preparation Committee for Pearson Education.

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What You Need to Know About Teaching Cybersecurity

Initially, with Pearson Education, Jim managed training, education, and solutions development for the northeast United States. There is a massive demand for qualified cybersecurity talent with the current number of open positions ranging from 300,000 in the United States to 4 million globally.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund follows the same formula as Title I, so it can be used to help bridge the digital divide for students from low-income families. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Certiport announces CERTIFIED 2016 Educator Conference

eSchool News

Certiport, a Pearson VUE business, a test delivery solution provider for the global workforce and academic markets, announced the CERTIFIED 2016 Educator Conference, a conference dedicated to helping educators bring the full promise and potential of technology certification to the classroom. Professional development conference helps educators bring the full promise and potential of technology certification to the classroom.

Advocating for CC BY

Iterating Toward Openness

A secondary theoretical benefit of choosing an NC license is the possibility that someone will see what you’ve created and decide they want to pay you for a license to use the material commercially. This is why you don’t see Pearson, McGraw, or other major publishers reselling copies of CC BY textbooks.

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Girls Thinking Global

After their long and successful careers at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson (each respectively), they wanted to find a way to give back and have and impact. She benefited from attending a wonderful girl’s secondary school, and that experience has helped her throughout her life and with the confidence needed to create edWeb.

Futuring open education at the University of Mary Washington OER Summit

Bryan Alexander

MAJOR BUSINESS SHIFT In major business news, publishers Elsevier and Pearson appear to be entering bankruptcy. AN EDUCATIONAL DIVIDE OPENS UP Open education has become the leading way schools assign content in primary and secondary schools, but the opposite is true in colleges and universities. In contrast, post-secondary faculty are generally unconvinced that open materials and scholarship are of sufficient quality to be adopted.

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Top Hat Buys Canadian Textbook Business to Compete With Publishers in Digital Courseware


It has even tried partnering with publishers like Pearson to digitize their print materials, according to Silagadze. For Nelson, this sale marks its first step in its “strategic decision to withdraw from the post-secondary market,” it said in an announcement.

Colleges Are Striking Bulk Deals With Textbook Publishers. Critics Say There Are Many Downsides.


Even if they love Pearson [textbooks], some faculty, when they saw some of the Cengage options, said, ‘This is pretty comparable, that’s fine,’” said Bernard Polnariev, assistant vice president for academic affairs at Union County College. “If If they felt that Cengage is not as strong and Pearson is better, they kept with the Pearson.” There’s always going to be skeptics when you go to a new model,” said Malek, the Pearson executive. “It’s

GED and other high school equivalency degrees drop by more than 40% nationwide since 2012

The Hechinger Report

“It’s a stepping stone to some sort of post-secondary credential, which determines your economic mobility in life,” said Hilliard, adding that high school degree is a prerequisite to pursue many professional certifications, from emergency medical technician to truck driver. But Pearson, which co-administers the new GED, and Data Recognition Corp.,

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs


A Foundation of Research You wouldn’t necessarily know it from the pandemic-era panic, but online education for elementary and secondary schools is not new. and Pearson, reports the Snapshot 2020 annual report from the Digital Learning Collaborative.

Can Technology in the Classroom Replace Expensive Textbooks

Kitaboo on EdTech

But these are secondary causes. Now post-secondary tuition fee provides more revenue than public appropriations. Similarly, Pearson has made some of its textbooks available for rent through Chegg. Increase in Textbook Prices Over the Years. It is believed that textbook prices have skyrocketed over the last few years.

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Five Compelling Reasons For Teaching Spatial Reasoning To Young Children


Published by Pearson Canada Inc., Reprinted with permission by Pearson Canada Inc. Currently, many countries are concerned by the low numbers of post-secondary students, particularly female students, entering these disciplines. Excerpted from “ Taking Shape: Activities to Develop Geometric and Spatial Thinking ” by Joan Moss, Catherine D. Bruce, Bev Caswell, Tara Flynn, and Zachary Hawes. 2016, pp. 13–16. By Joan Moss, Catherine D.

Fewer Deals, More Money: U.S. Edtech Funding Rebounds With $1.2 Billion in 2017


MOOC companies typically account for the bump in the “Post-Secondary” category, but aside from Coursera’s $64 million Series D round, few other companies focused in higher education scored a large deal. In the past, publishers such as Pearson and McGraw-Hill were counted on to be the exit strategy. Yet recent years have been rough for traditional publishers like Pearson, which is in a turnaround phase. Is education technology investing back on track?

10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning

Shake Up Learning

One of the first tips I learned from Jennifer Pearson in this podcast interview , was to use a checklist for students. In secondary, this is most likely by subject. The post 10 Google Classroom Tips for Remote Learning appeared first on Shake Up Learning.

Bankers, Buyers and Warriors: Reporter’s Notebook From the 2017 ASU+GSV Summit


Almost all of the PreK to 12 programming clustered in the Little America hotel, while the post-secondary, workforce training and company suites clustered in the more opulent Grand America across the street. The answer options range from tech giants—Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft—to publishers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, Scholastic). Bankers, lawyers, researchers and policymakers. Administrators, entrepreneurs and the Golden State Warriors.

How to Work From Home and Get Things Done! – SULS059

Shake Up Learning

Jennifer Pearson checked back in after her bonus episode. I also recommend this technique for secondary students in the classroom doing deep work! The post How to Work From Home and Get Things Done! – SULS059 appeared first on Shake Up Learning.

Why the World’s Youngest Continent Got an Edtech Accelerator


Secondary schools can only take in 36 percent of students who finish primary school. Pearson, through its Affordable Learning Fund , has also invested in several Africa-based education companies. Humanity’s future may well be in Africa, where 60 percent of the population are under the age of 25. Yet their prospects are perilous. In 2012, 30 million primary-age children (or 1 out of 5) in sub-Saharan Africa did not attend any school.

More States Opting To ‘Robo-Grade’ Student Essays By Computer


He’s also vice president for research for Pearson, the company whose automated scoring program graded some 34 million student essays on state and national high-stakes tests last year. Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Jeffrey C. Riley called the prospect “exciting” at a recent Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting outlining plans to look into the idea. Here’s a little pop quiz.

OER: Some Questions and Answers

Iterating Toward Openness

Earlier this week I read an op-ed – sponsored by Pearson – titled “If OER is the answer, what is the question?” If I purchase the rights to an out-of-print textbook from Pearson and relicense it CC BY, is it now more or less effective than it was the day before? Here is an extremely back of the envelope example for Introduction to Biology: Ce = 2 teaching faculty per post-secondary institution x 4000 post-secondary institutions = 8000 people.

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Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

Pearson is Not a Platform. I’m not sure if we can still call Pearson “the world’s largest education company.” That restructuring has involved shedding some of the products and subsidiaries unrelated to education, Pearson executives have said. And I’ll note here because it suits my argument about platforms so neatly: Pearson announced last year that it was leaving the learning management system market. Pearson does not have a platform.