pivotEd Pairs Trusted Capstone Content with 500 Pre-built Lessons

The blended learning platform, built for 1:1 settings, incorporates literacy with science and social studies lessons


(Minneapolis, MN) September 13, 2016 – In time for the new school year, pivotEd, from Capstone, announces the launch of more than 500 pre-built science, social studies, and language arts lessons for students in grades 3–6.


Using Capstone’s award-winning content, pivotEd puts teachers—not technology—in control of lessons incorporating 1:1 devices. With pivotEd, teachers use lessons tied to Capstone content in their current curriculum, saving them hours of time spent preparing lessons.


“By combining Capstone’s collection of high-quality content with 500 pre-built lessons, we’ve successfully created a tool that lets teachers feel in control of their classroom and allows them to easily manage student devices,” said Matt Keller, Capstone’s chief marketing officer. “pivotEd is a trusted tool that saves teachers hours and helps them build cross-curricular lessons to create a collaborative learning environment that both students and teachers love.”


The variety of on-demand, teacher-led lessons empowers educators to control the pace of the class to make sure that no student is falling behind. With pivotEd, teachers can instantly lock, unlock, and deploy interactive lessons to keep students in the moment.


“pivotEd provides a slick solution for 1:1 schools that helps students break out important aspects of text, reflect on what they read using a variety of mediums, and embed visual clues to help the learning process,” said Josh Jackson, a fifth-grade teacher at North Trail Elementary in Farmington, MN. “pivotEd’s combination of digital and print resources gave me a variety of options at my fingertips so I could scaffold the material as I saw fit for my students. It also allowed me to quickly check for understanding through digital means, and follow up with any lingering questions by looking through the archived responses.”


pivotEd’s small-group activities encourage students to work together to accomplish tasks. Using the live response system, students can submit their responses using their devices, giving each an equal voice and an opportunity to engage in the group discussion at a level they are comfortable with. At the same time, teachers are able to monitor student interaction in real time, incorporate students’ answers into the lesson, and provide immediate digital feedback without disrupting instruction.


The wide range of fiction and nonfiction books and ebooks are leveled to fit individual reading levels and support Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, STEM, and state standards.


pivotEd is fully integrated with Google Classroom, and includes professional development resources to help teachers successfully implement effective digital strategies in their classrooms.


To learn more about pivotEd, visit pivotEd.com.


About Capstone

Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital, and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at-home reading. For more information, visit MyCapstone.com.



New Members of the Pearson Student Advisory Board Announced

2016-2017 cohort participants influence the next generation of learning tools, while gaining real-world work experience

NEW YORK – Sept. 9, 2016 – Pearson has announced the newest members of its Student Advisory Board (PSAB), which is now in its 8th year. The June 2016 – June 2017 cohort of 15 students are passionate learners and motivated undergraduate leaders seeking to implement change that impacts college classrooms across the country. For the first time, Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society administered this highly competitive application process for the selection of the new PSAB members. Over 800 students applied through the PTK online portal for the 15 available positions.

Current board members work directly with Pearson executives and product development teams to make tangible changes to products and services that affect student success. The PSAB brings a strong student voice into the conversation about products that help shape the education experience and journey. Student Advisory Board members play an active role at Pearson, including:

-Brainstorming in person with senior Pearson executives on the challenges and opportunities in the education marketplace

-Collaborating with the student team on how to make a positive, lasting difference in the educational experience of others

-Gaining marketable job skills and real-world work experience prior to graduation

-Having the opportunity to travel during their term of service

-Expanding their personal and professional network

“Phi Theta Kappa is honored to have been invited to participate in Pearson’s Student Advisory Board initiative, which provides some of the best and brightest learners with a rare opportunity to implement meaningful improvements to educational technology solutions, while gaining valuable workforce skills,” said Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner.

“The Pearson Student Advisory Board offers outstanding student leaders the opportunity to help shape the learning tools and strategies that will prepare themselves and their peers to succeed in life. Their participation provides Pearson with invaluable feedback on how to continually improve our products, while helping the students to build their resumes and prepare for life after college,” said John Wannemacher, vice president, higher education strategic marketing, Pearson.

The 2016-2017 PSAB members are:

-Brendan Bennett – Lorain County Community College (graduate), Elyria, Ohio, and Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio (current student)

-Amanda Condon – Arkansas Tech University, Russellville

-Ekeme Ekanem – Los Angeles Pierce College, California

-Sanah Jivani – University of Texas at San Antonio

-Oluseun Joaquim – Dillard University, New Orleans, Louisiana

-Kevin Lau – University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

-Michael Liu – Harvard College, ‎Cambridge, Massachusetts

-Ricardo Lujan Valerio – Southern Oregon University, Ashland

-Juliet Mwirigi – University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson

-Arisleidy Nunez – Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey

-Luke Oaks – Texas A&M University, College Station

-Nishwa Shah – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

-Carolina Sosa – Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

-Brennan Wong – Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

-Carmel Wright – University of California, Los Angeles

The PSAB application for 2017-18 members will open on November 1st. For more information about the Pearson Student Advisory Board, visit this website.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s learning company, with expertise in educational courseware and assessment, and a range of teaching and learning services powered by technology. Our mission is to help people make progress through access to better learning. We believe that learning opens up opportunities, creating fulfilling careers and better lives. For more, visit www.Pearsoned.com.



Video games can have lasting impact on learning

New Haven, Conn. (September 12, 2016) — A computer-based brain training program developed at Yale University helps improve student performance in reading and math — in some cases even more than individualized tutoring, according to a new study published Sept. 12 in Scientific Reports.

In a study of more than 500 second graders, math and reading scores on school- administered tests increased significantly more in children who used the brain training program Activate during the school year than in control classes.  The effect on math achievement scores was greater than what has been reported for one-on-one tutoring and the effect on reading scores was greater than what has been reported for summer reading programs.

For the full release, click here.


IO Education Recognized on the Prestigious 2016 Tyton Growth50 List

IO Education honored as a top 50 growth-stage company in education sector achieving impact at scale

ATLANTA – Sept. 13, 2016 – IO Education, the leader in empowering educators through data to improve educational outcomes, has been recognized as a 2016 Tyton Growth50 company. The Tyton Growth50 celebrates innovative organizations achieving impact at scale through a combination of strong financial performance; market awareness and adoption; and demonstrated customer outcomes across the preK–12, postsecondary, corporate training, and consumer education markets. As one of 50 organizations selected this year, this achievement marks a significant milestone in IO Education’s evolution.

“This honor is a tribute to the hardworking staff at IO Education and the educators whose dedication to student success pushes us to be the best partners we can be,” said Michael Williamson, chief executive officer at IO Education. “Being named to Growth50 is a significant milestone for us as we continue to seek new and better ways to utilize data to help educators improve outcomes for students and educators.”

To read the full release, please click here.