My internship at Pearson Publishing, though only brief, has definitely altered my preconceived ideas of what publishing is and what it can do. It has been very different from previous work experience I have undertaken, which has revolved around manuscripts and proofreading. Editing and producing online revision guides for the nimbl app has been a challenging but exciting experience.
So far I have been given the chance to work on a varied mix of interesting programmes, from a CPD resource on attachment theory, to the new Ancient Greece and Anglo-Saxons learning apps, through which I learnt the origin of the modern Marathon and practiced some Old English grammar. It has been exciting to learn the processes that go into producing the nimbl apps, and I am pleased to have played a very small part.
My work has involved proofreading as well as formatting content, converting it into an app. While daunting to begin with, I soon got the hang of the patterns and logic behind the coding, the rule that every instruction must have an end command. As someone who gets confused by my own mobile phone, I was extremely surprised by how easy and fun this was. I think I have been able to hide my technological inadequacies well so far! (Though who knows, my time isn’t up yet…)
It has been satisfying work to take a blank canvas and create something new, especially using a media far outside my own comfort zone, challenging my own abilities. The benefits of using new technology to educate in place of traditional methods is still debated, but I believe the nimbl apps are great tools to get children interested and actively involved and in their own learning. Pearson Publishing has embraced these changing parameters of publishing, creating some wonderful revision and teaching guides. They have made the most of all the devices and tablets now available to young people, and I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the world of publishing.
Thanks Victoria! Our CPD library for schools is growing, and our History apps are nearly ready for the big wide world - follow us @PearsonPublish or get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!