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Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books

Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books

| September 14, 2012 | 15 Comments

Flickr: wohnai By Katrina Schwartz College students may seem to be well-equipped to learn in a wired world, but despite the enormous growth of tablets, e-readers and digital textbooks, they still prefer heavy, expensive print books. These were the results of a pilot program created to understand why students have been slow to adopt digital […]

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How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

| May 31, 2012 | 9 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools are moving from creamy to chunky — but not in relation to cafeteria peanut butter. The change in texture is happening with content. Instruction that was structured linearly, captured in books that were all-inclusive monoliths with a predetermined progression for a uniform, somewhat “creamy” consistency, is shifting to newer forms of […]

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When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed

| April 17, 2012 | 18 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools have been adopting iPads with lightning speed  — more than 1.5 million have already been distributed to students, a mere two years after the original iPad launch. But beyond Apple’s influence in education, the high-profile tablet appears to be the poster child for a different trend. Call it the consumerization of […]

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Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

| January 19, 2012 | 10 Comments

There’s been speculation for months now — at least since the release of the Steve Jobs biography — about Apple’s plans to take on the textbook publishing industry. And today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we finally got a glimpse of what the company has been planning since long before the death of […]

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Why Aren’t Students Using E-Books?

Why Aren’t Students Using E-Books?

| November 7, 2011 | 54 Comments

Kathryn Though we keep hearing about a huge increase in sales of e-books, a recent survey shows that, for students, that needle has not really moved much. The library e-book provider eBrary released some of the preliminary results from its 2011 Global Student E-Book Survey last week. Among its findings: that students’ e-book usage has […]

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E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed

E-Readers Help Spread Literacy, No Apps Needed

| November 1, 2011 | 4 Comments

Worldreader We often talk about the power of the Internet to spread knowledge and information globally, to make digital content accessible and affordable. But as we’re also often caught up in the “latest and greatest” gadgetry, sometimes we overlook that broad promise of global education and accessibility. Such is the case, one might argue, with […]

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Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All

Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All

| October 27, 2011 | 20 Comments

Flickr:FontFont Open education sites exemplify how technology is democratizing education. These sites allow both learners and teachers to create their own curriculum, whether it’s used in or out of the classroom. Here’s a comprehensive list of open education sites MindShift has covered. As always, we love to hear about sites that aren’t included in the […]

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Technology Vs. Learning: False, Tiresome Either/Or Debate

Technology Vs. Learning: False, Tiresome Either/Or Debate

| October 25, 2011 | 5 Comments

TB Last week, we saw two completely different ways to cover technology in schools in the New York Times. On Tuesday, Alan Schwarz wrote a fair and balanced article about an Indiana school district that’s transitioning to digital textbooks. In the story, we heard from a veteran teacher, who said it’s “the most exciting thing […]

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Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning?

Can Apple Products Pave the Way to Personalized Learning?

| October 4, 2011 | 6 Comments

Apple held a press event today at its Cupertino headquarters, unveiling a variety of improvements to its line of iPods and iPhones, including an update to its mobile operating system and a brand new version of its wildly popular iPhone. As always happens around these Apple announcements, there’s a flurry of excitement — before, during, […]

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An Attempt at Describing the Schools of Tomorrow

An Attempt at Describing the Schools of Tomorrow

| September 23, 2011 | 4 Comments

TB Overall, we’ve heard these broad messages about the future of education from policy leaders, businesspeople, and teachers. What was conveyed at yesterday’s New York Times’ Schools for Tomorrow summit was perhaps less important than the fact that the nation’s most widely read and reputable newspaper (and one that published a highly skeptical article about […]

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