Common Core content gets interactive with embedded assessments

Access to ready-to-use content to help teachers meet deadlines for Common Core Reading and Math Standards

San Diego, CA (June 25, 2012) – A unique collaboration between Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Promethean, has resulted in two completely developed, ready-to-use collections of Common Core interactive whiteboard lessons for reading and mathematics.

Unveiled at the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE 2012), a national conference for technology-using educators, these new lessons integrate best-in-class content from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt with best-in-class interactive and touch-screen technology from Promethean to create learning activities that promote problem solving, critical thinking, and class discussion. This is the first complete set of interactive Common Core aligned whiteboard lessons available to K-12 educators.

Two collections were released today – mathematics for grades K -12 that follow Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s award-winning programs, GOMath! and On Core Mathematics, as well as reading for K-6 based on HMH’s Journeys series. All lessons are designed to run on any interactive whiteboard. However, it is Promethean’s presentation software ActivInspire™ that delivers the interactivity.

The new lessons promote more hands-on activities. On an interactive whiteboard, students engage in on-screen modeling of concepts, use visual and tactile manipulations to reinforce their understanding of math concepts, or work together to solve digital math equations.

“It is more critical than ever that educators reach 21st Century learners utilizing proven programs and technologies that engage students,” said Bethlam Forsa, EVP, Global Content and Product Development, for HMH. “Cutting-edge interactive whiteboard lessons such as these, feature a unique blend of elements that will help students master the material, while providing teachers with an effective way to align their lessons to Common Core Standards.”

Every lesson has embedded assessment activities and with a simple connection to a hand-held device, such as any of Promethean’s Learner Response Systems (ActivExpression™, ActivEngage™ ActiVote™), teachers can track the comprehension, measure understanding and modify instruction if necessary.

“Research shows that when students actively participate, their performance improves. By fusing math and reading content with interactive tools, students get excited about learning critical concepts and will be better prepared for standard assessments,” said Jim Marshall, President, Promethean North America. “With these interactive lessons, teachers can effortlessly create memorable and dynamic lessons to meet the needs of all students.”

In related news, recent results from a study conducted by York University found that the integrated use of the tools with interactive content could reduce up to 3 months of learning time among elementary students.

For more information about the new On Core Lessons for Common Core Math, please visit www.prometheanworld.com/HMH.

About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global learning company with the mission of changing lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. Among the world’s largest providers of pre-K–12 education solutions and one of its longest-established publishing houses, HMH combines cutting-edge research, editorial excellence and technological innovation to improve teaching and learning environments and solve complex literacy and education challenges. HMH’s interactive, results-driven education solutions are utilized by 60 million students in 120 countries, and its renowned and awarded novels, non-fiction, children’s books and reference works are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit hmhco.com.

About Promethean
Spark Inspiration.
Promethean (LSE: PRW) is a global education company. We create, develop, supply and support interactive education and training solutions for schools, businesses and governments. Our products and services are raising learning standards, revolutionizing the way people learn and collaborate, making them more engaged, empowered and successful and thereby unleashing human potential. Headquartered in the UK, Promethean World Plc is listed on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. More information about Promethean is available at: www.PrometheanWorld.com.

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