Pearson Steps Up Development of Online Education Network.Business Editors
LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2000
Pearson plc, the international media company, announced today a series of agreements that will accelerate the development of its online education network.
Pearson and America Online See AOL. , Inc., the world's leading interactive services company, have reached a preliminary agreement to serve as a framework for developing a relationship. It is envisaged that the relationship would establish Pearson's education network as the preferred supplier of educational content and online learning tools with AOL (A division of Time Warner, Inc., New York, NY, www.aol.com) The world's largest online information service with access to the Internet, e-mail, chat rooms and a variety of databases and services. providing carriage for Pearson's education network on the AOL service and other America Online, Inc. brands. The two companies will also investigate opportunities to collaborate on the development of a curriculum architecture and a range of select education tools. The Pearson education Pearson Education is an international publisher of textbooks and other educational material, such as multimedia learning tools. Pearson Education is part of Pearson PLC. It is headquartered in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. network will also be available through the Internet Internet
Publicly accessible computer network connecting many smaller networks from around the world. It grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at the at large.
Pearson has also announced today the first of a number of strategic alliances with, and equity investments in, leading Internet educational companies which will further strengthen the development of its education network. The alliances are with:
-- SCORE! Learning Inc., at www.eSCORE.com, a national provider of after-school learning centers and online learning services. -- Copernicus Education Gateway, at www.edgate.com, which provides customized, local, online access to education resources and activities for kindergarten to 12th grade. -- Blackboard Inc., at www.blackboard.com, a leading Internet infrastructure company. Its software platform powers online teaching environments at over 1,800 colleges and universities and in 70 countries.
Marjorie Scardino Dame Marjorie Morris Scardino, DBE, FRSA, (born 25 January 1947) is the CEO of Pearson PLC. She became the first female Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company when she was appointed CEO of Pearson in 1997. , chief executive of Pearson, said: "Around the world, public and private resources devoted to education are rising rapidly as individuals, companies and nations strive to be part of an increasingly brain-powered world. The Internet personalizes learning to individual needs in a way that has never been possible before. We aim to create an online learning environment that transforms the educational opportunities open to all of us at every stage of our lives, wherever we live in the world."
The education network, to be launched this year, aims to be the leading online learning portal. It will supplement in-school activities from elementary school elementary school: see school. through to adult learning, with both ongoing education and professional training. The portal will draw on content, tools and distribution channels from Pearson businesses, and incorporate content from other leading print and Internet educational and consumer publishers, both within and outside Pearson.
The network will earn revenues from a mix of individual subscriptions and site licences from schools and e-commerce and advertising revenues in the open access part of the network. Advertising will not appear on the site when accessed from schools. The overall development of the education network is being led by Pearson's in-house digital publishing company, San Francisco-based Headland Digital Media. The brand identity for the network will be announced at a later stage.
Pearson's education network
The education network will extend the ongoing learning activities of its participants. For example, the elementary-school teacher portal will include lesson planning software and teacher training materials. Parents of school-age children will have access to a fully integrated site that ties back directly to the components of the student's experience, thus establishing a genuine home-school home·school or home-school
v. home·schooled, home·school·ing, home·schools
To instruct (a pupil, for example) in an educational program outside of established schools, especially in the home. connection. The college student portal will provide detailed, subject-specific learning materials for key academic disciplines. The adult-learning portal will provide information and resources relating to relating to relate prep → concernant
relating to relate prep → bezüglich +gen, mit Bezug auf +acc personal and professional development. Each portal will integrate the components that the online environment makes possible--fast communication, easy access to peers and tutors, a set of always accessible organizational tools, self-paced learning and assessment opportunities, and a host of subject- and grade-specific learning resources.
Pearson is also forming a strategic alliance with, and has agreed to take an equity stake of at least 9%, valued at around $20 million, in SCORE! Learning, Inc., a subsidiary of education and career services company Kaplan, Inc., and a leading national provider of learning programs and educational resources. This alliance extends the relationship already in place between Pearson and SCORE!, wherein where·in
In what way; how: Wherein have we sinned?
1. In which location; where: the country wherein those people live.
2. more than 100 neighborhood SCORE! after-school centers already use adaptive digital curriculum created by Pearson's Computer Curriculum Corporation. Pearson and SCORE! will work together to develop the technology required to create new services for Internet delivery. These services will be available at SCORE! centers as well as directly over the Internet via eSCORE.com, making SCORE!'s educational coaching available live on the Internet. eSCORE.com , a leading provider of online learning and resources for children, will also be prominently featured within Pearson's education network, making it possible to offer online coaching and support to students whose teachers and parents use the network.
Kaplan (www.kaplan.com) is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Kaplan offers test prep and admissions services (www.kaptest.com); K-12 educational programs for children and parents through SCORE! Learning, Inc. and www.eSCORE.com; on-site education and professional development at schools and universities; books and software; professional education services; and distance learning programs (www.KaplanCollege.com). Kaplan is a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE NYSE
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Pearson is taking a 10% equity stake and Board representation in Edgate.com, Inc., creator of The Copernicus Education Gateway (Copernicus), which provides customized, local education portals for teachers, parents and students in local schools and school districts across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Copernicus will co-brand their localized Translated into the spoken language of the country. See localization. online education gateways with Pearson's education network, and the combined offering will be promoted by Pearson and Copernicus as a key element of the kindergarten kindergarten [Ger.,=garden of children], system of preschool education. Friedrich Froebel designed (1837) the kindergarten to provide an educational situation less formal than that of the elementary school but one in which children's creative play instincts would be to 12th grade section of the network. Pearson and Copernicus will work together in placing their content, goods and services In economics, economic output is divided into physical goods and intangible services. Consumption of goods and services is assumed to produce utility (unless the "good" is a "bad"). It is often used when referring to a Goods and Services Tax. within these localized gateways.
The Copernicus Education Gateway uses an "open content model," allowing each local online community to customize and enabling educators to add content of their own selection to meet the needs and interests of their community members. Educators easily post homework assignments and other important community announcements by using their Copernicus SchoolNotes for parents and students to retrieve this information anywhere at any time. Educators direct students in the classroom and at home to their school's customized Copernicus Education Gateway to gain access to local school and community information, research information and other websites. Educators access the Copernicus Curriculum Matrix to retrieve their state's educational standards with cross-referenced lesson plans and other Internet resources. Schools are able to place online fund-raising fund-raising, large-scale soliciting of voluntary contributions, especially in the United States. Fund-raising is widely undertaken by charitable organizations, educational institutions, and political groups to acquire sufficient funds to support their activities. events in their Copernicus Community to reach community members.
Blackboard (1) See Blackboard Learning System.
(2) The traditional classroom presentation board that is written on with chalk and erased with a felt pad. Although originally black, "white" boards and colored chalks are also used.
Pearson is partnering with, and will invest in, Blackboard Inc., a leading Internet Infrastructure company whose software platform powers "edu" online environments at more than 1,800 colleges, universities and in more than 70 countries around the world. In addition to online administrative and community services, the Blackboard CourseInfo product line enables educators to enhance in-class instruction and/or deliver distance learning by bringing their course materials, class discussions, assignments, and quizzes to the web. More than 2.1 million people worldwide teach and learn in online education environments powered by Blackboard.
The Blackboard partnership will further position Pearson as the premier provider of higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. content and services for online course environments. The Blackboard CourseInfo course management platform will be featured in the education network serving the Higher Education, K-12, Professional Development and Adult Learning markets. Pearson and Blackboard are also in the process of developing plans for cross-promotion and development of content and services for Blackboard's Scholar.com and Blackboard.com web properties and the Higher Education portion of the education network.
Notes to Editors
Pearson Education, the world's largest education business, covers the school, college and professional markets. It is the leading US school publisher, publishing textbooks and electronic education programs across the whole curriculum. In the US elementary education elementary education
or primary education
Traditionally, the first stage of formal education, beginning at age 5–7 and ending at age 11–13. market, Scott Foresman is the preferred publisher and offers companion websites and digital workbooks for many of their titles (e.g., www.sfreading.com). The Waterford Reading program is the leading electronic reading program for children of kindergarten age. Prentice Hall Prentice Hall is a leading educational publisher. It is an imprint of Pearson Education, Inc., based in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, USA. Prentice Hall publishes print and digital content for the 6-12 and higher education market. History
In 1913, law professor Dr. School (www.phschool.com) publishes in all the major secondary programs and, in addition to companion websites, creates subject-specific learning communities (such as www.chemplace.com) for high school students and educators. KnowZone (www.kz.com) is an online assessment program linked to state tests, which can be accessed by teachers, students and parents either at school or home.
Pearson Education is also by far the leading higher education publisher in the US, covering every part of the college curriculum through imprints such as Addison Wesley Longman, Prentice Hall and Allyn & Bacon. It has a significant portfolio of premium web-based educational content including online assignments and interactive exercises for self-assessment and practice, lecture resources and full testbanks for exams. This information is available in over 1,200 "Companion Websites" and in many commercial course management system platforms such as WebCT and eCollege.
It is the world's leading technology publisher, with over 1,000 computer and technology titles published each year through imprints that include Que, Sams, Prentice Hall, Cisco Press Cisco Press is a publishing alliance between Cisco Systems and the Pearson Education division of Pearson PLC. , Adobe adobe (ədō`bē): see rammed earth.
Handmade sun-dried bricks formed from a mixture of heavy clay and straw found in arid regions. Press, New Riders, Peachpit and Addison Wesley. InformIt (www.informit.com) is positioned to be the leading vertical portal A Web site that provides news, articles and services to a particular industry such as IT, finance and retail. It is the industry-specific equivalent of the general-purpose portal on the Web. Also called a "vortal." See portal, corporate portal, business intelligence portal and Web hub. for accomplished and aspiring as·pire
intr.v. as·pired, as·pir·ing, as·pires
1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to stardom.
2. IT professionals.
Outside the US, Pearson Education is the premier English Language English language, member of the West Germanic group of the Germanic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages (see Germanic languages). Spoken by about 470 million people throughout the world, English is the official language of about 45 nations. Teaching publisher and a leading publisher of indigenous works in the school, university and professional markets in countries all around the world.