Great Fridays shores up board with ex-Pearson hire

elephant indoorInnovative product and service design company Great Fridays has appointed Genevieve Shore to its influential advisory board with immediate effect.

Great Fridays advisory board is made up of an illustrious and eclectic mix of experienced Design and Business Leaders including Peter Gabriel (musician, technologist, inventor), Nancy Dickenson (independent design strategy consultant and ex-VP Design at eBay, PayPal, Apple), Peter Skillman from HERE and Josh Ulm (VP of Design at Adobe). Continue reading

From midwives to paramedics to nurses to dentists… healthcare goes digital

Learning company Pearson has opened up the API for its Nursing & Health Survival Guides through the company’s expanding Plug & Play platform.

The books support a range of healthcare professionals including nurses, midwives, dental nurses, physiotherapists, paramedics and social workers. The API will incorporate a subset of guides from the series, with more to follow in the coming months.

Subjects covered include areas from diabetes and cancer care to dental nursing. The guides are aimed as quick reference aides, providing help to health and social care students and professionals while in practice and studying. All IP created using the data will apparently remain with the developer.

”The healthcare sector is a digital growth area and making this new API available will allow developers to address this need and find new creative ways to bring the information to life”, said Diana Stepner, Head of Future Technologies at Pearson.

Mobile education app all adds up for Aardman and Pearson

Oscar-winning animation company Aardman has teamed up with Pearson to launch a mobile education app aimed at children up to five years old.

The Timmy’s Number Tracing app is aimed at helping pre-school children develop their basic maths skills in a fun and engaging way.

The app uses a character known as Timmy the lamb, a CBeebies favourite apparently, who helps children learn to form numbers. The press release goes on to say:

As parents know well, young children are fascinated by phones and tablets and this app is a unique way to help develop a love for maths from a young age.

They’ll probably want a phone for themselves on their next birthday then.