Pearson has announced myWorld Social Studies and myWorld History, two social studies programs that offer digitally robust content aimed at helping young people make personal connections and build long-term understanding of key social studies concepts. myWorld History, a middle school curriculum available immediately, and myWorld Social Studies, an elementary curriculum available for the 2012-2013 school year, join the myWorld Geography program to bring blended learning opportunities to students throughout the nation.
With myWorld Social Studies, teachers can make the most out of limited instructional time to cover academic standards with print, digital and blended learning opportunities, while reinforcing reading and writing skills found in the Common Core Standards, the announcement states. Students explore concepts, build knowledge, and transfer what they have learned beyond the classroom leading to deeper and lasting comprehension and understanding
The program encourages students to make personal connections with the content through storytelling, the oldest means for conveying knowledge, but with a digital twist. Research shows that such connections help students retain and comprehend information.
myWorld Social Studies will incorporate a unique interactive online platform from Tikatok, a division of Barnes & Noble, to offer K-5 learners an opportunity to create digital books tied to social studies content. The myStory System will focus on authentic assessment of students; the transfer of learning to demonstrate understanding;
digital literacy, independent thinking, and a mastery of digital tools; and peer collaboration and review.
In addition to myWorld Geography, Pearson's new myWorld History program for middle school is ready for classroom implementation this school year.
Each myWorld History print and digital chapter opens with a fact-based narrative describing how people throughout history have coped with tragedy and triumph. These illustrated stories and engaging online resources help students make personal, emotional and enduring connections to the content, according to Pearson.
myWorld History's fully digital content includes
- project-based learning and game-like assignments in which students explore regions and time periods, gathering information by watching videos;
- interactive simulations;
- maps, data, primary resources, and artifacts;
- and an online tracker that enables students to capture their thoughts and record their observations online.
All of the myWorld programs fully support teachers with point-of-use professional development, teaching strategies, and reporting functions to save hours in administrative work, and online training for easy implementation.
For more information, visit www.pearsonschool.com/socialstudies.
Source: Pearson, www.pearsoned.com