We’re excited to announce that our education technology accelerator – Pearson Catalyst for Education – is now accepting applications for its second cohort.
The virtual programme aims to identify the most promising education startup companies that share our commitment to improving people’s lives through learning, and help enable them to break through on a global scale. We match startups with Pearson brands to deliver pilot programs. Over the course of three months, we offer them access to Pearson resources – such as product experts, innovators and industry veterans – and the opportunity to work closely with a Pearson brand.
This year, startups can apply to address one or more of ten ‘challenges’, such as developing a digital solution that enables educators to teach young students computer science. View the full list of challenges here. (scroll to foot of page)
A successful first year
“Pearson’s Catalyst had a very strong first year, proving to be an excellent experience for both the startups involved and their Pearson partners,” said Diana Stepner, VP of Innovation Partnerships and Developer Relations at Pearson, who spearheaded the program. “With clear challenges put forward by the business and an opportunity to embed efficacy into the programme, we look forward to seeing the applications for 2014. SXSW is the perfect place to meet some of the most exciting edtech talent out there.”
Out of the five startups in the class of 2013, ClassOwl and Ace Learning Company have both gone on to become official Pearson Technology Partners. Watch this video to hear what all of the startup alumni achieved in their pilot programmes.
In line with our commitment to measuring and improving our impact on learning outcomes and making education more effective, this year’s programme will introduce the startups to the benefits of Pearson’s efficacy framework and tool. This will help startups define the measurable impact of their products on their learners. To support this effort, Pearson will also be running free efficacy workshops at the Pearson Learning Lounge at SXSWEdu.
Pearson at SXSW Edu and Interactive
The Pearson Learning Lounge at SXSWEdu and Interactive offers conference attendees the opportunity to relax and recharge, learn more about Pearson’s products and programmes, and explore the future of the classroom with Makerversity. You can find both lounges at the Austin Convention Center – Edu on the 3rd Floor and Interactive at Booth 529. A full programme of events can be found here.1 note
Today the global education community descend on London for BETT. We’re there, and over the next four days we’ll be discussing the big opportunities facing education. At the top of our list is efficacy - our efforts to better understand the impact that learning has on people’s lives.
In the same way that we judge medicines not by their ingredients but by how they make the patient better, we want to do the same with education products; because the real power of education is its ability to transform someone’s life.
See our full programme here, which we’ll be broadcasting live online.1 note