New York and Boston (PRWEB) March 16, 2009
Wimba® Inc., the education technology company that helps people teach people, and Pearson, the global leader in education publishing and education technology, announced today that the Pearson suite of MyLanguageLab™ products will now include Wimba Pronto™, the only instant messaging system designed for education. Both companies offer solutions designed to enrich the learning experience, enhance learning, improve outcomes and increase student retention.
The MyLanguageLab suite, comprised of MySpanishLab™, MyFrenchLab™, and MyItalianLab™, is an online learning and assessment system developed in close collaboration with language instructors to serve the unique needs of both language learners and teachers. Its unparalleled combination of tools, which already includes Wimba Voice™, now includes the robust collaborative features of the Wimba Pronto instant messaging system, making it one of the most innovative language-learning solutions available today.
With the inclusion of Wimba Pronto, features like blended audio and video conferencing, synchronous chat, and application sharing will now enable over 100,000 students to form pairs or small groups and complete collaborative homework assignments from within MyLangaugeLabs. Faculty will also be able to hold office hours and assign tutors, harnessing the power of real-time learning scenarios outside of the physical classroom.
"We are thrilled to include the capabilities of Wimba Pronto in this most recent evolution of the MyLanguageLab suite," stated Bob Hemmer, Executive Editor and Program Manager of MyLanguageLabs. "Its collaborative features alone make this exciting, but in combination with some of the 'back end' features like role authentication and seamless CMS integration, we offer a powerful solution which the language learning community can enthusiastically embrace."
Pearson's suite of MyLanguageLab products have included Wimba's asynchronous technology, Wimba Voice - a web-based voice solution that facilitates vocal instruction, coaching and assessment - since 2007.
"The audio recording capabilities of Wimba Voice have had a significant impact on the rapid growth in usage of the MyLanguageLab series," said Phil Miller, Publisher of Pearson's World Languages division. "Integrating Wimba Pronto's synchronous, live communication is the logical next step, allowing us to take the series to the next level by offering a valuable new tool to language instructors and their students."
"Both Wimba and Pearson have a singular focus on enriching the learning and teaching environment with innovative technology," said Tommaso Trionfi, CEO of Wimba. "This focus, our many joint customers, and the combined capabilities of Wimba Pronto and MyLanguageLabs make this a natural partnership - one we know will benefit language learners for years to come."
Pearson (NYSE:PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning, as well as dedicated professional development for their teachers. This commitment is demonstrated in the company's investment in innovative print and digital education materials for preK through college, student information systems and learning management systems, teacher professional development, career certification programs, and testing and assessment products that set the standard for the industry. The company's respected brands include Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Addison Wesley, Benjamin Cummings, PEMSolutions, Stanford 10, SuccessNet, MyLabs, PowerSchool, SuccessMaker, and many others. Pearson's comprehensive offerings help inform targeted instruction and intervention so that success is within reach of every student at every level of education. Pearson's commitment to education for all is supported by the global philanthropic initiatives of the Pearson Foundation. Pearson's other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group. For more information, go to http://www.pearson.com.
Wimba®, Inc. is a leading provider of collaborative learning software applications and services to the education industry. Our collaborative software applications for the online and blended education market enable institutions to bridge technology and pedagogy by supplementing learning management systems with many of the proven disciplines of in-person learning environments. Wimba's intuitive solutions enable teachers and students to quickly and easily teach and learn live online, engage in live chat and instant message exchanges, benefit from oral content being added to text-based content, and more. Teachers can also use Wimba solutions to easily convert Microsoft Word documents into online content and to create and administer tests, quizzes, and exams. Our focus on education and collaboration with educators fuels our product development. For more information, please visit http://www.wimba.com or send an email to info(at)wimba.com.
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