Global History Comes Alive with Free “Brief Review” App for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Orlando, FL (PRWEB) January 31, 2011

Students can now explore global history’s significant events, concepts, people, and places wherever they go with the new Brief Review of Global History and Geography app from Pearson, the world’s leading learning company. The Brief Review app debuts today with iPad demonstrations at the annual FETC Conference in Orlando.

Built from content in Pearson’s Brief Review of Global History and Geography high school program, Brief Review is designed as a standalone app to support any World/Global History course, or for curious teens to engage independently to test themselves on their own knowledge. The app features a variety of innovative, interactive elements designed to help high school students prepare for exams, including New York’s Regents Exam, expand their understanding of world history, and sharpen their test-taking and social studies skills.

Available for free download from iTunes, Brief Review consists of:

Diagnostic Test consisting of 80 questions that cover eight historical subject units from the Ancient World up to today
Test Review helps students assess their understanding of Global History, review their answers, and learn more to increase their knowledge.
Students get results to see how they performed across each unit, and can then decide to purchase study aid apps for those areas in which they want to improve their scores:

Quick Studies review the “big ideas” of global history through outlines, summaries, and graphic organizers.
Interactive Flashcards help students master history’s key concepts, terms, people, and places.
Quizzes allow students to practice their test-taking skills on hundreds of questions, many with primary sources, maps, and other documents.
An individual unit is $ 1.99; a four unit bundle is $ 4.99; and the full eight unit package is $ 8.99.

“Brief Review provides a deep understanding of global history in a portable, comprehensive format that is accessible anytime, anywhere to our on-the-go teens,” said Dean Brown, Senior Vice President, Social Studies, Pearson. “Learning no longer has to be tied to the classroom, and apps like Brief Review represent just one more example of how mobile learning is revolutionizing education everywhere.”

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Other Pearson apps available today for school students include Grammar Jammers, which offers interactive animated videos to help students master the rules of grammar, and Vocabulary Central, designed to help reinforce basic vocabulary and writing skills in entertaining ways, through songs, trivia games, and flashcards. Additional Pearson apps for school are in the works in the areas of Literacy, Science, and Humanities.

About Pearson

Pearson has a vision of effective education: a virtuous circle of learning where powerful technologies enable teachers to assess students unobtrusively, diagnose their learning needs swiftly, prescribe personalized learning, monitor student progress, and provide ongoing feedback to students, teachers, and parents. It begins by optimizing assessment data and putting it to work for continuous improvement in student progress and teaching effectiveness. For more, visit

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The Dream of Owning a Log Home is Alive and Well in Maryland

Lutherville Timonium, MD (PRWEB) March 30, 2011

Residents of Baltimore and its surrounding communities who’ve always dreamed of living in a log or timber frame home or enjoy the rustic lifestyle and simple, elegant furnishings they afford are invited to spend time with the industry’s top log home and timber frame companies and builders along with industry experts at The Baltimore Log Home and Timber Frame Show in 4-H Building at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, this weekend, April 1-3, in Timonium, MD.

The three-day show will run Friday from 1 p.m.—7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.—6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.—4 p.m. Admission is $ 12 per person or a family pass for $ 20 (two adults and children), children under 18 are free. Admission is valid for the duration of the show.

“The good news is most people who want a log home have dreamed about it for years and this economy has simply slowed the process. There’s an overall increase in interest and people are getting back on track. So, whether you are fact-gathering as you search for land, selecting the manufacturer and dealer to build your dream, or on the lookout for just the right rustic furniture and accessories, this show will offer something for everyone…essentially you can walk in with a dream and out with a plan” says Log Home and Timber Frame Shows Owner Eric Johnson.

Exhibitors will be on hand to assist visitors with construction and financing questions. Show organizers will also provide great d