myWorld Geography Finalist in 2011 Software & Information Industry Association CODiE Awards

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Virtual Environment for Studying the World Honored in Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution Category

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myWorld Geography is a finalist in the prestigious 2011 Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) CODiE Awards. Pearson’s virtual environment for studying the world is honored in the Best Social Sciences Instructional Solution category.

Established in 1986, the CODiE Awards celebrate outstanding achievement across the software, digital information and education technology industries. Nominated products undergo an intensive review by subject matter experts, analysts, journalists and other respected authorities in education technology.

myWorld Geography gives teens a virtual travel assignment, an exciting way for students to experience world geography and world history by “taking them there” through virtual travel, storytelling and colorful, intriguing design. The Online Travel Assignment has students explore regions or time periods and complete a game-like assignment based on Essential Questions. Students gather information to complete the assignment by watching video interviews and stories, working through activities, and analyzing and examining maps, data and artifacts. They capture their thoughts and record their observations in the myTracker and send their “assignment” directly to their teachers.

“Today’s students are immersed in a world of media and gadgets. They are most motivated to learn when they can interact with and create their own digital content – the type of learning environment that is unique to myWorld Geography,” said Kirsten Richert, Pearson Vice President for Social Studies. “This recognition from the top ed-tech organization reinforces our belief that online learning is a powerful tool for transforming learning for students at all grade levels.”

The middle school program also allows students and teachers to explore the world’s geography and history through “myStory” ambassadors, real teens from around the world chosen by Pearson’s social studies authors, along with journalists from the “Financial Times” to serve as representatives for each region covered in the digital and print chapters of the standards-based geography program. These “myStory” features include illustrated stories and videos to provide American students with the opportunity to make real-life and enduring connections to all aspects of the curriculum. myWorld Geography also expands students’ social studies skills beyond mapping and graphing by integrating 21st century learning, such as innovation, collaboration, information, and media and technology skills, into the print and digital components. To watch a video about myWorld Geography, click here.

For the second consecutive year, Pearson tops the list of companies with products named as CODiE finalists, with 15 innovative ed-tech and information management products earning recognition. All were developed based on the company’s commitment to leveraging the power of technology and innovation to prepare today’s students for success in college and careers. Pearson products earning finalist honors span the spectrum of today’s breakthrough education and business technology products, such as mobile learning apps, educational games, technology-driven professional development and robust systems for managing information and data. Pearson’s programs are focused on college- and career-readiness and preparing students to meet the Common Core State Standards.

In addition to myWorld Geography, the company’s products moving on to the next round of competition in this year’s CODiE Awards are Briggs/Cochran Calculus; enVisionMATH: Understanding Fractions; EQUELLA; Grammar Jammers Primary Edition; Hospitality and Tourism Interactive; MyLiteratureLab; MyMathLab Algebra I and II; MyMathTest; MyReadingLab; PowerSchool; PowerTeacher 2.0; SuccessMaker; SuccessMaker Collaborate; and Words Their Way Online Workshop.

In the next step of the CODiE Awards process, myWorld Geography will be voted on by the entire SIIA membership, who determines the winner in each category. The CODiE Awards will be announced at the 2011 Ed Tech Industry Summit in San Francisco on May 23.

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Lisa Wolfe, L. Wolfe Communications, 773-227-1049, lwolfe(at)lwolfe(dot)com

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