Pearson has announced the launch of four interactive webinar series aiming to show students how online and blended learning models can successfully prepare them for the requirements of post-secondary education and the labor market.
The four-webinar series discuss the increasing power of technology to help all students graduate college and become career-ready. They also share the views of students who are just about to enter college life and workforce.
As stated in the official press release, the initiative is a part of Pearson's long-term commitment to support exploring online and blended learning models at schools in the US.
The series begins with, "The Future Starts Now: How Digital Learning Can Help Your K-8 School Address College & Career Readiness." Presented by Patricia Hoge, Ph.D., senior vice president at Connections Academy in Denver, CO, and Bernadette Ortiz-Brewster, director of College Park Academy in Maryland, on April 19. As Leila Meyer of THE Journal writes, the class will focus on the possibilities that online and blended learning offer to improve curriculum, support students with special needs and personalize course offerings.
"Accelerating College & Career Readiness in High School" begins on April 26. The second webinar series features Michael Petrilli, president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute in Washington, D.C., Robert Eichorn, director of New Directions Alternative Education Center in Virginia, and Robyn Bagley from Career Path High School, UT. They will show how digital learning can help high school seniors perform better in college.
"My Learning Is "Rebundled" and My Future Is Bright" highlights five student panelists from grades 6-12 who come from both traditional and nontraditional schools. The students will talk about how they perceive online and blended learning and how it enhances their learning experiences.
Colleen Broderick, Chief Learning Designer of ReSchool in Colorado and Mickey Revenaugh, principal of New School Models for Pearson, will moderate the discussion. The third webinar starts on May 3.
"The #ShiftToDigitalEd: Paving the Path to Digital Greatness" begins on May 12. Its aim is to show that online and blended learning are a lot more than just buying a pallet of personal computers and sending them home with students. The webinar will discuss in depth the key factors for success in an online, blended or online learning environment. The presenters include Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart, and Bruce Friend, COO for International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL).
Registration for all the webinars is now open.
Pearson is a global leader in providing learning solutions and has 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries worldwide. The company works closely with people of all ages worldwide to help them make progress through education and learning.
Pearson touts a belief that the learning process does not just start and end in a traditional classroom. As mentioned on their official corporate site, learning is a never-ending path, full of challenges, inspiration, and wonders that opens new horizons to make society grow and flourish.