ORLANDO, Fla. – Jan. 24, 2007 – Pearson Knowledge Technologies (PKT) announced today at the 2007 Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) that Pearson Digital Learning will offer WriteToLearn as a complementary product to its NovaNET® courseware. Launched in January 2006, WriteToLearn is PKT´s Web-based learning tool that helps students develop writing and reading comprehension skills.
"We are excited to have Pearson Digital Learning distribute WriteToLearn," said Lynn Streeter, president, Pearson Knowledge Technologies. "As the only writing development product that gives students the immediate, targeted feedback necessary to develop reading comprehension and writing skills, WriteToLearn is the perfect accompaniment to Pearson Digital Learning´s innovative educational courseware."
With WriteToLearn, students practice essay writing and summarization skills, and their efforts are measured by Pearson´s state-of-the-art Knowledge Analysis Technologies" (KAT) engine, which automatically evaluates the meaning of text by examining whole passages. Students receive immediate, specific feedback on their work, and teachers easily monitor student efforts individually or as a class.
Pearson Digital Learning will sell WriteToLearn with NovaNET, a comprehensive, online courseware system designed for grades 6-12. From delivering thousands of hours of research- and standards-based, interactive curriculum to integrated assessment and student management, NovaNET allows schools to reach struggling students and recover lost credits, increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates, challenge advanced students who want to move ahead and provide individualized learning at a distance.
"At Pearson Digital Learning, we are focused on providing innovative, research-based digital learning solutions that improve teaching and learning for students," said Bob Roliardi, president, Pearson Digital Learning. "Including WriteToLearn as a complement to NovaNET will offer schools an effective tool for helping students develop the reading comprehension and writing skills critical for academic success."
About Pearson Knowledge Technologies
Pearson Knowledge Technologies is the developer of products and services based on a unique automated text analysis technology that evaluates the meaning of whole passages. The company´s Knowledge Analysis Technologies (KAT) engine immediately measures writing and content in a way that simulates a skilled human grader and encourages better subject knowledge. Pearson Knowledge Technologies´ writing and reading skills products, such as WriteToLearn, Intelligent Essay Assessor and Summary Street, use the KAT engine to help improve writing, reading and comprehension skills as well as build content knowledge for education and other markets. For more information, visit www.PearsonKT.com
About Pearson Digital Learning
Working side by side with educators for over 40 years, Pearson Digital Learning is the leader in proven, comprehensive technologies for preK-12 education. The company´s mission is to provide the innovative, research-based digital learning solutions that elevate the art and science of teaching, and inspire children to reach their greatest potential. Reaching more than 20 million students annually, Pearson Digital Learning´s products include: the SuccessMaker Enterprise and NovaNET educational courseware; and the KnowledgeBox® digital learning system. Pearson Digital Learning is also the exclusive distributor for the Waterford Early Reading Program and Waterford Early Math & Science, adaptive computer-based instruction developed by the Waterford Institute. For more information, visit www.PearsonDigital.com
Pearson Digital Learning and Pearson Knowledge Technologies are businesses of Pearson Education, the world´s largest integrated education company, which in turn is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company. Pearson´s other primary operations include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.