'On my first day at Pearson Publishing I was introduced to the nimbl library, which is a collection of apps for interactive educational resources. After playing around with a tablet for a while, I was thrown into software development. This involved programming, which (although initially a little daunting) was surprisingly easy to pick up. Soon I was able to insert content and format the apps. I was also given the task of selecting relevant education news from TES magazine, which made me realise the difficulties many teachers face when trying to find good resources in the ever-changing landscape of education.
Having previously interned at a more traditional publishing company, I found editing content for nimbl to be a very different experience. Not only did I have to think about the quality of the content, but also about how it was going to work with nimbl’s unique format. Fitting the text into a limited space while still maintaining sense was sometimes challenging. However, I think that this need for brevity enforces a clear writing style, which is essential in educational resources.
As a former psychology student, I know how important having a variety of sensory stimuli is to learning, and this is definitely something that nimbl provides. I was really impressed by nimbl’s professional yet user-friendly interface, and I found myself wishing I could have used it in my own school days (rather than dusty old textbooks with missing pages).
There is some debate surrounding whether expensive technology can make education more accessible to all, but I think that the benefits of nimbl far outweigh the problems. nimbl’s revision quizzes and lively layouts are much more engaging than reams of static text, and its compatibility with tablets and mobile devices makes it an exemplar for publishing in the digital age. During my time here I’ve seen how passionate Pearson Publishing is about providing fun and accessible resources for learners and educators alike. I only hope that I’ve been able to bring some of my own enthusiasm to their innovations!'
Thanks for all your hard work, Helen! Helen spent most of her time working on our new Biology app for GCSE Science - if you'd like to know more about our apps for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, get in touch at: firstname.lastname@example.org.