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Pearson Education
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Electronic Textbook Pilot a Success for Florida Public Schools

Miami-Dade Schools Report Success with Pearson Prentice Hall's iText

Upper Saddle River, NJ - March 12, 2003. - In a report released by the Miami-Dade County Public Schools, an interactive electronic textbook pilot program from Pearson Prentice Hall has met with overwhelming success in five separate schools for grades seven, nine, and eleven. The half-semester writing and grammar pilot program featured iText, Pearson Prentice Hall's interactive electronic textbook. Pearson Prentice Hall is the middle and high school division of Pearson Education, the world's leading integrated educational publisher (NYSE: PSO).

iText, available on-line at www.phschool.com/successnet and on CD-ROM, enables students to better master concepts through interactive reading, learning and research tools, and instant feedback assessments. Student success with iText was validated in the pilot.

"It is nice that the iText looks exactly the same as the book, because the kids did not have to re-familiarize themselves with the text," said English teacher Rey Delgado. Teacher Shernett Alexander added that her students "will get better grades than usual in the course, because they completed all the assignments. Enthusiasm improved when students were allowed to go online."

iText is currently available for middle school writing and grammar, and science; high school biology; and high school writing and grammar. Middle and high school literature content will be available featuring iText in late February 2003, with math and social studies to follow. The report detailed six major findings from the pilot including:

Higher assignment completion rates were accomplished, including one class in which all students completed all assignments - for the first time. Transition between electronic textbooks and applications like Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, and internet searches was seamless and intuitive. Students remained focused for longer periods of time and were more engaged and involved in curriculum content.

iText is available through the Pearson Prentice Hall's education portal known as PH SuccessNet, which serves as a gateway to a range of powerful, interactive learning and teaching resources as well as class management tools. Features include student and teacher "Notice Boards"; professional development and teaching strategies; "My Notebook," with which students can view, edit, and print all their textbook notes in one easy-to-find location; and a host of research tools. The site also features on-line training for both PH SuccessNet and iText.

Staff from Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Division of Instructional Technology and Media Support Services will continue to study the effects of electronic textbooks on learning and have identified a host of additional indicators to study success.

About PH SuccessNet

All of Pearson Prentice Hall's interactive electronic textbooks can be found at PH SuccessNet (www.phschool.com/successnet), the educational portal for teachers and students. With PH SuccessNet, teachers and students have one place, one source, one login for all their online resources. PH SuccessNet boasts a robust Teacher Center where teachers can manage their school calendar as well as develop on-line lesson plans and manage classes. Students can use a messaging board to communicate with teachers, and a host of on-line research tools including InfoPlease, one of the Web's most respected on-line information sources. Pearson Prentice Hall provides educators with compelling textbooks, accompanying multimedia, and online support for Language Arts, Mathematics, Foreign Languages, Science, Social Studies, and Career and Technical courses for grades 6-12.

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in integrated educational publishing. With brands such as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Longman, Pearson Education Technologies, and many others, Pearson Education provides quality professional development, content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media to a worldwide marketplace, spanning the learning continuum from birth through college and beyond.

Pearson Education is part of Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the international media company, whose primary operations also include the Financial Times Group and the Penguin Group.