Pearson “School of Thought” Video Series Honored as 2014 Beacon Awards Finalist

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Garnering Tens of Thousands of Views Around the World, Videos Offer Glimpse of Trends, Possibilities and Opportunities to Apply Technology in Personalized Ways


Pearson’s “School of Thought” video series is a finalist in the 2014 Beacon Awards, presented by the PreK-12 Learning Group of the Association of American Publishers. The videos are honored in the Webinars, Podcasts and Videos category which recognize recordings created by an organization to build general awareness, encourage viewers to take a specific action, or promote a product or service.

Created by Drs. Jeff Borden and Rob Kadel of Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network, the videos portray a future for education that integrates technology into everyday life to make anytime, anywhere learning possible—learning that is personalized, connected and virtual. Through the eyes of learners, the “School of Thought” videos demonstrate how innovative connections among technology, educational psychology and cognitive neuroscience can change how we think about learning. Launched in July 2013, the video series has had tens of thousands of views from around the world.

Under the overall leadership of Kimberly O’Malley, Ph.D., each of the Research & Innovation Network centers has a distinct, yet related, research agenda, including:

  •     Improving learning and teaching using digital data;
  •     College and career success;
  •     Learning and assessment focused on student performance;
  •     Online learning; and
  •     Educator effectiveness.

The winners will be honored at the Beacon Awards Luncheon on June 4 in Washington, D.C. during Context in Content, the annual meeting for the learning resource industry.

View the video series here.

About Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network
To help address the most pressing questions facing teachers and students, Pearson brought together top education experts in the Research & Innovation Network with the mission to research and invent capabilities and tools educators need to create engaging, meaningful, and personalized learning that leads to student success. The Research & Innovation Network is led by Dr. Kimberly O’Malley, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and supports five centers: the Center for Digital Data, Analytics & Adaptive Learning; the Center for College & Career Success; the Center for NextGen Learning & Assessment; the Center for eLearning; and the Center for Educator Learning & Effectiveness. For more information about the Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network, visit

About Pearson
Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit

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