New Educator Case Studies From Pearson Feature Improved Achievement in College and University Mathematics and Statistics Courses
Case Studies, Webinar Series Highlight Measurable Impact That Teaching With MyMathLab and MyStatLab Digital Learning Technologies has on Learner Outcomes
NEW YORK – Feb. 22, 2016 – Pearson today unveiled educator case studies demonstrating the measurable impact that teaching with MyMathLab and MyStatLab digital learning technologies has on improved learner outcomes in mathematics and statistics. These case studies, which provide evidence of improved results, were selected from two- and four-year institutions, various implementation models, and include developmental math courses as well as a range of college credit courses.MyStatLab™: Interactive Assignments was honored in the Best Upgraded Products category for the 2015 “Tech & Learning” magazine Awards of Excellence.
Among the schools featured in a case study is Front Range Community College,a two-year college serving more than 30,000 students a year from campuses in Brighton, Ft. Collins, Longmont and Westminster. The largest community college in Colorado, it is the number one transfer institution for the University of Colorado-Boulder, Colorado State University and Metropolitan State University of Denver. Neither instructors nor administrators were satisfied with the outcomes they were experiencing using traditional developmental course delivery methods. In spring 2013, Front Range’s Brighton Center campus redesigned a two-semester developmental math sequence into one developmental course where students meet in a computer lab on regularly scheduled days, attend additional required lab hours, and content is delivered primarily via MyMathLab. Students’ overall average progress in the redesign classes was nearly 40 percent higher than that in the traditional, control classes. Since the initial pilot, Front Range has implemented this class structure to 11 class sections each semester, expanding across two different campuses. The new structure has continued to improve students’ semester-to-semester progress through the entire developmental math curriculum.
Also featured is Ivy Tech Community College,Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, serving nearly 200,000 students annually. All students majoring in business must pass an online business statistics course if they are majoring in business, as part of their degree requirements. However, this course has traditionally hadthe second highest failure rate at the college. After personalizing his online business statistics course through the implementation of MyStatLab in fall 2014, adjunct instructor Delbert Spear saw marked improvement in course pass rates, with As and Bs increasing 245 percent and Fs decreasing by 100 percent.
“Findings from these case studies provide powerful insights and help educators understand the positive impact that Pearson digital learning tools, content and learning experiences have on learner outcomes, which also gives Pearson important and actionable data into common teaching and learning challenges,” said John Tweeddale, senior vice president, customer experience and engagement, Pearson. “In addition, we use the data and evidence to provide recommended best practices and tips for a successful implementation.”
In addition to the case studies, Pearson will host its Evidenced Learning Outcomes and Results Webinar Series, which begins on February 25, 2016 through April 6, 2016. These complimentary webinars are designed to provide insight from both two- and four-year institutions, on their journeys to improving learning outcomes and results for their classes, students, and institutions overall. All webinars highlight the processes, challenges, best practices and results of newly redesigned mathematics curricula. Professional Development Digital Badges are available for participants. A digital badge is a web-enabled version of a credential, certification, or learning outcome.Register to attend.
Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit www.pearson.com.
Reading Horizons Incorporates the Lexile® Framework for Reading in K-3 Literacy Platform
Addition expands partnership with MetaMetrics® to provide deeper support for student mastery
North Salt Lake, UT- Feb. 23, 2016 Reading Horizons and MetaMetrics® are thrilled to announce the expansion of their partnership with the addition of Lexile® measures in the Reading Horizons Discovery™ program. Reading Horizons and MetaMetrics, developer of the widely adopted Lexile® Framework for Reading, first announced their partnership in May 2015 when Lexile measures launched in the Reading Horizons Elevate reading program.
Reading Horizons Discovery is a strategy-based reading solution designed for students in Kindergarten through third grade that incorporates multi-sensory, Orton-Gillingham principles of instruction and a unique marking system that delivers superior results. The effective, easy-to-use software utilizes the most current technology and instructional best practices to deliver assessments and skill-based lessons for each grade level, K-3. Initial assessments ensure that teachers have an accurate measure of each student’s ability and the software adapts to meet the needs and skill levels of those students and provides differentiation as they progress through the program.
The software includes formative assessments as well as vocabulary, games, and activities. Reading Horizons Discovery fulfills 92% of the standards for foundational reading skills for students in K-3, as well as other standards outlined by the Common Core State Standards, and is correlated to the findings of the National Reading Panel.
“We consistently strive to provide the most robust literacy solutions possible for our customers, including the ability to adjust instruction in order to meet readers where they are,” commented Reading Horizons’ President and CEO Tyson Smith. “Adding the Lexile® Framework for Reading in Reading Horizons Discovery immediately provides educators with yet another layer to truly assess where their students are at and how to best support their learning moving forward.”
The assessment’s initial Lexile measure serves as a benchmark for gauging both a student’s reading ability and the complexity of text so that appropriate reading materials can be matched to the student as they progress. Reading Horizons Discovery automatically unlocks reading passages in the software library as additional skills are mastered. Each book in the library has been measured by MetaMetrics and has an official Lexile level.
“I applaud Reading Horizons for extending their use of Lexile measures to K-3,” stated Malbert Smith III, Ph.D., president and co-founder of MetaMetrics. “More than that, Reading Horizons is measuring their readers at the start of their academic career. This allows for early detection of struggling readers, and then immediate intervention to strengthen the reader’s ability before they fall too far behind their peers. The power of Lexile measures also allows educators to seamlessly track their students reading growth throughout their K-12 progression.”
About Reading Horizons
Founded in 1984, Reading Horizons provides teacher training, direct instruction materials, and interactive software that empower teachers to effectively teach beginning readers, intervene with struggling readers, and provide instruction and support to English Language Learners. To learn more about Reading Horizons, please visit them online at www.readinghorizons.com or follow them on twitter https://twitter.com/ReadingHorizons.
MetaMetrics is focused on improving education for learners of all ages and ability levels. The organization develops scientific measures of academic, achievement, and complementary technologies that link assessment results with real-world instruction. To learn more about MetaMetrics, please visit them online at www.metametricsinc.com.
Primary Concepts’ 3-D Phonics Bingo Earns the GEI Seal of Endorsement from Global Educator Institute
(San Francisco, February 22, 2016) – Primary Concepts’ 3-D Phonics Bingo has earned the Global Educator Institute (GEI) Seal of Endorsement from the Global Educator Institute, placing it among the best teaching products available today.GEI recognizes the very best in classroom-tested, teacher-approved learning products using a vigorous review process. Products bearing the GEI Seal of Endorsement have earned the distinction because of their ability to improve learning and the learning environment.
Designed for grades PreK-2, 3-D Phonics Bingo helps children master consonant and short vowel sounds using multi-sensory real-life objects such as spiders, trucks, and whistles. The game includes 36 real-life 3-D objects, 4 multi-use laminated bingo cards, 45 plastic alphabet tiles, and a self-checking answer card. Players can focus on beginning consonant, ending consonant or medial vowel sounds.
To be recognized by GEI, the product had to go through classroom testing by five GEI reviewers. Each educator received the product and used it with his or her students. “I love 3-D Phonics Bingo. I enjoyed how my students were able to use the game three different ways,” said reviewer Michelle J. from California.
“We submitted our product to GEI because of the organization’s reputation for putting classroom products through a rigorous review. We develop our products with the needs of the teacher and students in mind and it is heartening to see that GEI reviewers felt like we met those needs,” said Jim Whitney, President of Primary Concepts.
Products that earn the GEI Seal of Endorsement have been subjected to an in-depth rubric that evaluates effectiveness, durability, value, and ease of use. GEI Reviewers submit their qualitative and quantitative feedback for review and analysis by the GEI Executive Team, which determines whether or not the product is to be awarded a GEI Seal of Endorsement. The GEI Executive Team has more than 100 years combined teaching and administrative experience, and includes a PhD, numerous state certifications, and a nationally recognized educational consultant.
About Primary Concepts
At Primary Concepts, we believe the early years are a unique part of a child’s development. We focus on the essentials of the preschool and primary curriculum, emphasizing engaging, motivational, hands-on learning to build a foundation for academic success. We translate the most current educational research and best practices, as recommended by the Common Core State Standards initiative, the International Reading Association, and the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics, into developmentally appropriate learning materials that offer ease of use for teachers and effective outcomes for your children.
Transformational Technology in Higher Education conference
WHO: Members of the media interested in covering a top higher education technology conference focusing on Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, Wearable Technologies in education.
WHAT: Attend and cover Transformational Technology in Higher Education (TTHIED) conference, an intimate higher education technology conference attended by CIOs, IT directors, campus administrators and faculty. Media representatives must register to attend TTHIED
WHERE: Pre-register for complimentary media credentials by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
WHEN: Conference: March 24-25, 2016
WHY: To attend, cover and experience the latest technology innovations from leading experts and to see the latest hardware, software and campus strategies available.
Formerly Campus Technology Forum, TTHIED will include a variety of keynote and concurrent sessions that feature new and emerging technologies. Program tracks include Leading Campus Transformation, Technology Pedagogy in the Digital Age, Designing a Connected Campus and Technology Solutions.
Attendees will delve into trends focusing on a new era of learning in a rapidly changing environment. Emory Craig, Director of eLearning and Instructional Technologies at The College of New Rochelle, will immerse attendees in wearable technologies and how they will reshape future teaching and learning environments and impact the institutional cultures of higher education during his session, “Wearable Technology and Virtual Reality: A New Era for Learning.”
Distinguished keynote speakers include:
- Perry Samson – Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences at the University of Michigan, the co-founder of Weather Underground and the co-founder of Lecture Tools, will present on “Best Practices for Quantifying Student Engagement.”
- Bryan Alexander – President of Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC, will open the conference discussing how education is changing under the impact of ever-advancing technologies at his session, “Halfway through the Tsunami: Higher Education and the Digital Revolution.”
- Bryan Setser – Partner at 2Revolutions, will focus on how organizational leaders can develop and sustain a culture of innovation that accelerates positive change within and beyond their institutions at his session, “Future Learning Models in Higher Education.”
For information on sessions, presenters, exhibitors and workshops, please visit www.TTHIED.com or call toll free 1-800-287-0257. Join the conversation by following @TTHIED on Twitter and using and searching #TTHIED. For even more TTHIED 2016 updates, “like” Transformational Technology in Higher Ed on Facebook, and join the Transformational Technology in Higher Ed LinkedIn group.
About Transformational Technology in Higher Education
Transformational Technology in Higher Education Conference, formerly Campus Technology Forum, is a redesigned event for higher education IT executives and professionals to receive a more personalized conference experience. With more than 100 colleges and universities from across the nation represented, attendees have the opportunity to network with peers from a wide array of institutions and become a part of a larger community continuously seeking to advance the technological pedagogy of their campuses.
Attendees will learn from industry experts and be exposed to the latest trends, tools and resources during collaborative and educational sessions. In an environment where finding solutions to technological challenges is the priority, attendees also have access to a variety of consultative vendors in the Expo Hall.
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