Learning Social Studies? Pearson’s Got An App for That

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Games, Test Prep and myFlashcard Maker Apps for History, Economics and Civics Featured at National Council for the Social Studies Conference

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This week at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference, Pearson is showcasing its award-winning collection of apps designed to help students make the connection between learning and fun, while reinforcing their knowledge of history, geography, economics and civics.

“Apps have really changed today’s learning landscape. They not only offer a whole new way to make study and review interactive and engaging for students, but they take anytime, anywhere learning to the next level,” said Pearson senior vice president Lynda Cloud . “With our growing collection of social studies apps, students can power on their iPads or iPhones anytime, anywhere to learn and review – whether they are on the school bus, at a break during soccer practice or on the sofa in the evening with their parents.”

Featuring fast-action arcade games, intriguing puzzles and interactive word games, Pearson’s Games Apps for American and World History make learning history fun, quick and easy. The American History Games App includes more than 100 different games on dozens of topics, such as Roots of the American People, The American Revolution, The Civil War, Industry and Urban Growth, World War II, The Civil Rights Era, and Challenges for a New Century. The World History Games App also offers students more than 100 different games covering a wide range of global history topics, including Ancient Rome and the Rise of Christianity, The Muslim World, Spread of Civilizations in East Asia, Kingdoms and Trading States of Africa, The Industrial Revolution, and World War II and Its Aftermath.

Among the games featured on these apps for middle and high school students is “Whacky History,” derived from the popular carnival game, “Whack-A-Mole.” In this fast-paced arcade game, a variety of historical figures race around the screen and students must quickly read a primary source, decide who said it and whack away. Other games include “Clues to the Past,” “History Hunter” and “Say What?”

With Pearson’s Test Prep Apps for both American and World History, students have access to hundreds of reviews, flashcards and quizzes designed to help them review and understand essential questions and knowledge of a lesson or chapter. Personalized feedback and remediation prepare students to succeed on their chapter, unit or end-of course tests.

Pearson’s myFlashcard Maker App, for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, lets students create their own flashcards or access hundreds of ready-made cards. With text and audio in both English and Spanish, students learn in their own way at their own pace. Activity modes include Study, Review and Quiz with immediate, personalized feedback. myFlashcard Maker Apps are available for:

  •     High School: U.S. History, World History, American Government, Economics
  •     Middle School: American History, Civics, World Geography, World History
  •     Elementary School: American History, Regions of America, Florida Social Studies

This collection of education apps for social studies was recently honored with a 2011 Award of Excellence from Tech & Learning magazine, recognizing them as K-12 technology products that break new ground.

For a limited time, Pearson is offering educators promotional gift codes to preview up to four of the social studies apps. For details, visit http://www.pearsonschool.com/ssapps and click on “Free Apps!”

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Pearson, http://www.pearsoned.com, has as its mission to work side by side with states, districts, teachers, students and parents to ensure that every child is prepared for college and career (NYSE: PSO).

For more information:
Kate Miller, kate.miller(at)pearson(dot)com - 800.745.8489

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