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Students Learn Current Events With Rap Music on Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange

BOSTON and NEW YORK – Oct. 22, 2013 — Students are now learning current events through the voice of rap music with the addition of “The Week in Rap: Current Events Through Hip-Hop” to Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange™. Developed with Flocabulary, an online learning platform that develops educational hip-hop songs and videos for students, this engaging current events course offers a unique perspective on major news stories on Pearson's web – and mobile-ready – digital learning destination that provides quality, standards-based content to teachers and students.
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Weekly Hip Hop Videos From Flocabulary Offer Unique Perspective on Breaking News

BOSTON and NEW YORK– Oct. 22, 2013 — Students are now learning current events through the voice of rap music with the addition of “The Week in Rap: Current Events Through Hip-Hop” to Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange™. Developed with Flocabulary, an online learning platform that develops educational hip-hop songs and videos for students, this engaging current events course offers a unique perspective on major news stories on Pearson's web – and mobile-ready – digital learning destination that provides quality, standards-based content to teachers and students.

"Pearson and Flocabulary share a commitment to providing students with access to high quality – and engaging – digital content,” said Pearson Senior Vice President Lynda Cloud. “Flocabulary’s unique musical approach, combined with teacher tools, helps students develop the thinking skills necessary to succeed in our digital world. The ‘Week in Rap’ is an outstanding addition to Online Learning Exchange’s current events content.”

Each “Week in Rap” is an all-inclusive activity that features hip-hop videos, interactive lyrics and assessments.Flocabulary's quality materials combined with Online Learning Exchange’s standards-based search, customization and collaboration tools enables teachers to interact with other educators, share experiences, offer up best practices, and engage in real-time conversations.

Flocabulary videos present academic content in a highly-engaging, contemporary way and let the topics speak for themselves. Teachers can play and pause the videos and discuss the lyrics with students, delving deeper into national and world events. Then, as a class, in groups, or individually, students can hone in on specific details and review key points from the song in a flashcard format.

”We created ‘The Week in Rap’ to foster critical thinking skills and help students become more engaged with what's happening in the world around them” said Alex Rappaport, CEO of Flocabulary. “The integration with the Online Learning Exchange platform will enable all kinds of exciting teaching and learning opportunities, particularly in social studies and English/ Language Arts."

Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange offers teachers and students an affordable single destination for finding high quality K-12 content coupled with a powerful set of personalized options and collaboration features.

Cloud continued, "Hard-working, dedicated teachers who have spent hundreds of hours on YouTube or Google hunting for reliable materials to complement their lessons will search no more. Online Learning Exchange is especially relevant during these tight budgetary times. Schools and districts that struggle to afford new, complete instructional programs can capitalize on its cost effective offerings to fully realize the power of technology in their classrooms and enhance student learning.”

For a free 30-day trial or more information about Pearson’s Online Learning Exchange, visit: http://www.onlinelearningexchange.com.

About Flocabulary

Flocabulary is an online learning platform that delivers educational hip-hop songs and videos to students in grades K-12. Founded in 2004, Flocabulary is now used in over 15,000 schools and reaches a weekly audience of 5 million students. Its mission is to motivate kids and help them reach their full academic potential, not only by raising test scores but by fostering a love of learning in every child.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials and services and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 41,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information about Pearson, visit www.pearson.com.

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