Science in the Classroom Takes Great Leap Forward to Digital, Interactive Lessons

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New for Back-to-School: Texas school children will learn from online, dynamic science lessons. Texas education officials vote to recommend Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange to schools statewide

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Students in Texas’ middle school and high school science classrooms will see their course materials leap into the digital age for back-to-school after the Texas State Board of Education’s decision to make Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange (OLE) program available statewide.

The state’s move to all-digital science instructional materials will immediately impact Texas classrooms. Students have been using their current science textbooks over the last decade, and school districts will this school year supplement them with online instructional materials meeting new state standards.

With Texas school districts facing severe budget shortfalls, these new online instructional materials will be affordable and will let school districts fully realize the power of technology in their classrooms and enhance student learning. Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange is among the science programs approved by the state for use in Texas schools beginning next month.

“Students learn about the world, entertain themselves, and communicate with their friends and family across the digital frontier. It’s in that exciting dimension that we must educate them,” said Pearson vice president Raymond Ward. “Between the new state requirements on what students must learn and the incredible digital educational resources students have never had before, middle and high school science classrooms will never be the same.”

Developed by Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, OLE offers content intended to better prepare students for college and careers. From a television adventure series with episodes teaching students about physical science to podcasts and animations, educators who choose OLE for their classrooms can develop lessons best suited for their students’ needs. The program will provide access to quality content in one easy-to-find place, saving teachers precious time and energy. The wide range of science content, assessments, and activities will include lesson plans, presentation templates, videos, and interactive learning resources, which can be used in conjunction with all science programs.

Covering the new science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as students begin taking the new STAAR (State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness) and end-of-course exams this school year, Pearson’s OLE was specifically designed by the nation’s leading science education experts to meet the needs of Texas students.

For more information about Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange™, please visit http://www.onlinelearningexchange.com/texas_demo/index.html.

About Pearson and Texas
Pearson (NYSE:PSO) is Texas’ leading provider of technology in the classroom and has been supplying education materials to Texas schools as far back as the 1800s. You may know us individually as Scott Foresman, Prentice Hall, Longman, SuccessMaker, NovaNet, PowerSchool, Educational Measurement, Educational Assessment, SuccessNet, Learning Teams, and many more. Most teachers in Texas have learned their profession by studying with Pearson's Merrill or Allyn & Bacon textbooks, and many have benefited from our professional development programs. We provide education and testing materials from birth through professional learning as well as the school systems that maintain student information data for thousands of schools. Our business offices are located in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, but our 2,000 Pearson people are living and working in every school district across the State. For more information, go to http://www.pearsonschool.com.

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Kate Miller
212.641.6115
kate(dot)miller(at)pearson(dot)com

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