When you think of Pearson, what often comes to mind are their textbooks. We’ve discovered that there is a lot more to Pearson than just their textbooks. They have innovative education solutions designed to empower students. We chatted to Camilla Costa of Pearson to find out more.
Q1: What is Pearson mostly known for?
Globally, Pearson began as a construction company in 1844, switching to publishing in the 1920s. While our business has changed over the years, our dedication to helping create a more connected and prosperous society has not.
Pearson South Africa includes many of the best known and most respected names in publishing. You may have heard of some of them – Maskew Miller Longman, Heinemann, Prentice-Hall, and Addison-Wesley.
As far back as 1893, the Maskew Miller family began supplying schools with essentials such as stationery and textbooks.
Q2: What else do you offer?
Pearson, the world’s learning company, is on a mission to help people make progress in their lives through learning. We combine world-class educational content and assessment, powered by services and technology, to enable more effective teaching and personalised learning at scale. We believe that wherever learning flourishes, so do people.
Our vision is to have a direct relationship with millions of lifelong learners and to link education to the way people aspire to live and work every day. To do that, we’ll collaborate with a wide group of partners to help shape the future of learning.
We believe that we all need to embrace lifelong learning, continuously acquiring new knowledge and skills to thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly connected world.
Q3: What is MyPedia and how does it help teachers?
At Pearson, we understand the challenges teachers face in the classroom, and we would like to help teachers make the best of their teaching day. Teachers can access offline, interactive lesson presentations that provide an effective front-of-class teaching solution that will simplify the time spent preparing lessons.
The blended learning solution consists of:
Assessments – pre- and post-skills mapping assessments.
Print – curriculum aligned MyPedia Learner Assessment Practice Books provide exercises for learners to enhance their skills.
Digital – interactive lesson presentations, available on USB and can be used offline, successfully integrate curriculum aligned content with videos to explain concepts and interactive activities to practise concepts. The MyPedia App offers access to learner content, assigned assessments, and a teacher dashboard to view learner progress.
Implementation and support – dedicated support is provided throughout your MyPedia journey to ensure effective implementation.
Q4: What is Vuma and how does it equip teachers to develop reading skills in their school
Vuma is a carefully levelled, South African reading instruction programme filled with fun, age-appropriate stories that centre around a diverse group of loveable characters to whom all South African children can relate.
The programme will enable teachers to assess, monitor and support reading and comprehension in the Foundation Phase easily and effectively.
Vuma has a number of different resources that work together to offer a comprehensive reading solution:
- Leveled Readers and Big Books written in the language in which they have been published.
- Teacher’s Guides that include resources and step-by-step instructions to help you use the various components of the programme.
- Workbooks that provide further reading practice to ensure learners develop essential reading skills.
- Alphabet Frieze, Posters, Context Cards and Audio Stories to support your teaching in the classroom.
Vuma is currently available for Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Sepedi Home Language as well as English First Additional Language.
Q5: What are some of the success stories with schools using non-textbook offerings?
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