The future of textbooks and OER – Going Digital isn’t enough

Textbook publishers have been threatened by Open Educational Resources (OERs) for quite a few years now. In response to this threat, they are trying to go digital – there’s nothing new about that. Still, Pearson’s announcement, that all of its 1,500 U.S. titles will become “digital-first”, is a huge deal.

Why are they going so decisively digital? Well, revenue loss and profit margins are the two main reasons. Their revenue dropped as a result of increased adoption of OER materials. At the same time, printing and distribution of paper books remain costly and complex. Those costs dramatically influence profit margins and make frequent updates to printed books practically impossible. 

Pearson is trying to break the tedious cycle of book updates, printing and redistribution. Digital textbooks will no longer be a secondary product or an online version of the printed book. Instead, the book will become technology-focused placing student experience at the center.

This move by Pearson looks good… on paper. After several years of declining revenues, the company was finally able to report a 2% increase for the first quarter of 2019. The company also reported that 55 percent of its $1.3 billion in revenue from higher education courseware sales in 2018 came from digital and that digital rental sales grew by 25 percent year over year.

Still, we are talking about a textbook, written by a narrow selection of educators. Not nearly enough to reflect the rich and dynamic nature of content generated by 64 million educators around the world. Surely this content should have a place in the classrooms. Educators are still considered content consumers as opposed to producers – which is a big miss.

Pearson’s strategy is still focused on books as full-blown subject learning, while the rest of the market moves towards micro-learning. Like in many previous cases, the giants of the past are simply unable to disrupt their own market. The future of educational content publishing is in the hands of agile startups who can spot a market need and answer it quickly. 

Our startup, Wizer, has a mission: enabling educators to create advanced, personalized teaching materials, adapted for the needs of every student. Leveraging the collective wisdom of teachers all over the world, and making high-quality education available for all. We believe in a world of digital Open Educational Resources that are being constantly improved by a dynamic community of educators. 

From the get-go, Wizer has enabled educators to leave paper behind and give students a rich, interactive and personal experience. We leverage technology and focus on great content, but we also understand the importance of data and community. Teachers on our platform impacted 145 million students in 196 different countries. Those students enjoy rich, highly engaging and personalized content.

So, Kudos to Pearson going digital-first, but Wizer represents the true future of OER.

Get to know your educational impact

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Have you ever wondered how many students your worksheet reached? With just one worksheet Maree Timms broke the record and reached 13,000 students! WOW!

Keep reading to learn how you can reach the same impact! 

Research shows the average teacher affects roughly 3,000 students during her or his career.

But how many students do you (really!) want to Impact during your career? 10,000, 100,000, 1M?

When Wizer was used by 300,000 students, I suddenly realized that I created something that impacted 300,000 students around the globe!!! 

Just trying to grasp the number makes you dizzy. An average classroom has 30 students, teaching 4 classrooms a year – it would have taken 2500 years to reach so many students…. I was completely blown away! 

Isn’t impact why we all became teachers in the first place? 

Today, I’m super excited to introduce you to your Wizer Impact Score. 

The Impact Score is the sum of all the students that you reached with your worksheets. Globally. Yep:)

Do you want to know how many students you impacted?

Your Impact Score is available on your public profile page. It is visible to your community as a badge of honor, and it allows us to appreciate one another’s work. 

To increase your impact score create many worksheets and share them on the public gallery and at social media sites like Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook. 

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Stay tuned we are constantly adding neat features to the Awesome Plan to make your Wizer Worksheet even better!

Join now and enjoy a full year of awesome features. Everything included for only $69/year or $7/month.

Thank you for joining Wizer and being part of our community!

Best, 
Nira Mayorchik
Founder & CEO

I love worksheets! create the perfect worksheet in 4 simple steps

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I love worksheets! From paper to the most advanced teaching resource

If you know me or Wizer, you can probably tell I simply love worksheets! This is why I have created Wizer. To allow teachers to create awesome worksheets that are visually stunning, engaging with student voice and choice. Wizer instantly transforms worksheets into advanced, engaging, technological teaching resources.

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I am often asked, “Why Worksheets?”. Well, being a teacher the answer is clear – worksheets are the common language of teachers around the world, they allow us to express our creativity, and promote high-level thinking by our students.

However, paper worksheets are also a “one size fits all” tool, and can not easily be adapted to the individual needs of each student. Using a single worksheet it is extremely hard to keep an entire classroom engaged, and creating dedicated worksheets for each and every student is simply impractical.

With Wizer paper worksheets are transformed into advanced teaching resources in four simple steps –

  1. Starting from a paper worksheet, I first quickly create a similar looking digital version. Wizer will immediately start working for me, saving time with automatic checking and grading. Wizer will also start recording student answers allowing me to understand how suitable my worksheet is to my class, or which students find it harder to solve.
  2. Next, I supercharge my worksheet with rich multimedia, voice and video instructions and an appealing theme, to make it fun and engaging.
  3. As a third step, I add personalization rules to my worksheet. This allows my worksheet to automatically adapt itself to the individual needs of each student based on their Learner Profile.
  4. Finally, I am sharing my worksheet with the community in order to increase my impact, and allow other community members to reuse my work.

The end result is a super worksheet – engaging, interactive, adaptable and impactful. Still, it is my worksheet:)

All of my worksheets are available here. Help me spread the word by sharing it!

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Nira Mayorchik

Founder & CEO

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April 2019 Newsletter

I love spring and I love teaching!
Renew your worksheets, Meet one of our Teacher-Users Amanda Setree and Don’t Miss our Spring Promotion!!!

For families, spring is a time to celebrate the season of rebirth and new beginnings. For children, it’s a time to learn about the beauty of nature and appreciate their surroundings. For us teachers, it’s also a time to renew our teaching methods.
I invite you to revitalize your great paper worksheets

3 ways to renew your worksheets like a pro:
Digitize your papers in 2 minutes using Fill On An Image Widget
Increase student collaboration with Chat widget
Increase social-emotional learning with Discussion Widget

WIZER TEACHER SPOTLIGHT

Amanda Setree
I teach French at Harrison Middle School grades 7 and 8.
I love to reinvent my worksheets by adding videos and interactive components to my lessons that are full of color. it is wonderful to explore the culture of different countries through music and art.
Being able to place many lesson components all in the same place organizes me and my students. I can give them the information and guide them through their learning, but give them the independence to work at their own pace.
View my worksheets

Enjoy our limited time Spring promotion:
Buy Wizer Premium now For $69/year and get an additional 3 months for free

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Best,
Nira Mayorchik
Founder & CEO