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· Free digital content with every ACTIVboard shipped

· Extends current book offering to entire classroom

London 10th January 2001. Promethean, the interactive whiteboard people, and Pearson Education, the world’s leading educational publisher have joined forces to develop innovative, whole class literacy and numeracy materials for early primary.

ACTIVboard - Promethean’s interactive whiteboard technology brings Information Communications Technology (ICT) to the whole class enhancing the teacher’s control of the learning environment and increasing the impact of the lesson. Stephen Jury, Managing Director of Promethean said, "For some time we have received requests from customers to include pre-prepared digital content related to the curriculum. Collaborating with Pearson made perfect sense as they lead the field in delivering material of the highest quality and relevance in education."

Jeff Andrew, Managing Director of Pearson Education Schools Division said, "Our material is primarily paper based, collaborating with Promethean whose solutions are uniquely relevant in education, means that we can offer content in digital format, ACTIVboard brings learning closer to the individual pupil and opens up an entire new market for Pearson."

The first books to be converted to digital content by Promethean include; Longman Primary Maths and Pelican Big Books. Recognising the limited resources within education, Pearson Education & Promethean will deliver these materials free of charge with every ACTIVboard shipped over the next 6 months.

About Promethean

Promethean is dedicated to the development and supply of ICT solutions as teaching tools in the classroom to accelerate learning gains across the whole curriculum. Based around the world's most advanced whiteboard/software combination, which is designed and manufactured in the UK, Promethean's systems create an interactive teaching environment that enables multimedia delivery to whole class groups.

Solutions include: Videoconferencing (codecs and peripherals), Interactive Whiteboards, Wide format displays for data and video, Multimedia software, all encompassing solutions for presentations, education, training, collaborative working, distance and flexible learning.

About Pearson Education

Pearson Education is part of Pearson plc, an international media company with market leading businesses in education, strategic business information, international television production and consumer publishing.

Pearson Education is in the middle of it all. From early childhood education to professional education and training, helping teachers teach and students learn everywhere. Their textbooks and teacher materials and electronic and Internet-delivered programs provide learners all over the world-from adult students learning English as a second language in Malaysia, to university students tackling economics in London.

In September 2000, Pearson acquired National Computer Systems one of the leading commercial testing and educational services companies in the United States. The combination of NCS and Pearson Education made them the world's leading integrated education company, linking curriculum, assessment, and data management.

For more information contact:

Donna Shaw

Marketing Communications

Promethean Ltd

Tel: 01254 298511



Rachel Argyle

BlueBird Associates Ltd

Tel: 01491 842940


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