digital textbooks

Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

Algebra, Meet the iPad: Part II

| January 20, 2011 | 3 Comments

The iPad’s impact on the role of the teacher, paid content versus free online and open-source content, and the learning process. Will eighth-graders who use the iPad to learn algebra do better than their textbook-using counterparts? That’s what publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Fuse pilot program will determine at the end of the school year. In […]

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How Free is “Free”?

How Free is “Free”?

| January 6, 2011 | 1 Comment

The article about CK12’s open-source digital FlexBooks compelled a reader to respond with some  questions. He writes: I have developed a strong interest in open or free text ever since I purchased a brand new grey-market, European textbook for 60 dollars, a full third of what Americans pay for the same biology book. I also […]

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The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

The “Living Book” Movement: Free Education For All

| January 3, 2011 | 12 Comments

By Sara Bernard They’re free, they’re customizable, and they meet state standards. Those are the three biggest selling points of CK12 Flexbooks, digital educational content for K-12 schools. FlexBooks are developed through a combination of author donations, licensing partnerships, university collaborations, and incentives for community-based authorship, and teachers can customize them to their hearts’ content. […]

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Google and Amazon Battle Over the Book Market

Google and Amazon Battle Over the Book Market

| December 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Following in the heels of Google’s big headliner about its new eBooks software yesterday, Amazon announced its own web-based e-reader, according to the Wall Street Journal. From the article: Asked how the new Amazon feature might change the competitive landscape, Google spokeswoman Jeannie Hornung said, “Google eBooks is a competitive offering.” A key difference for […]

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Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete?

Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete?

| November 29, 2010 | 2 Comments

By Sara Bernard These days, college students have many more options for buying less expensive versions of their required texts. With sites like Amazon, Half.com, and Craigslist, as well as textbook rental programs, they no longer have to rely on those heavy, expensive texts. Online textbooks that use open source software — which are becoming […]

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Getting E-Readers into Schools, One Class at a Time

Getting E-Readers into Schools, One Class at a Time

| November 16, 2010 | 1 Comment

Everyday, rolling carts full of laptops and mobile devices are wheeled through the halls of four high schools in the Acalanes Unified School District, delivering gadgets to students who use them to study science, English, and foreign language, among other subjects. The mobile devices — whether it’s the iPod Touch, the iPad, the Kindle or […]

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Students Need Both Tech Tools and Teachers

Students Need Both Tech Tools and Teachers

| November 8, 2010 | 0 Comments

In the age of the technology avalanche, what happens to a teacher’s role? Cheryl Davis, District Curriculum & Instruction Technology Specialist at Acalanes Unified School District says they’re crucial to the equation. “A good teacher is a good teacher. The added value they bring as our kids move forward in this world, to have experiences […]

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What Do Teenagers Think About E-Books? Not Much.

What Do Teenagers Think About E-Books? Not Much.

| November 4, 2010 | 3 Comments

Would you trade your textbooks for e-books, asks the New York Times Learning Network of students 13 years or older. The responses are all over the map depending on whether they’re reading for school or for pleasure. Anecdotal quotes like those below are predominantly against e-readers, from what seems to be kids who haven’t had […]

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Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources

Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Flickr: FontFont By Sara Bernard As the open source movement in education grows, so do the number of nonprofits, foundations, and collaborative sites that support it (and vice versa). The following is not an exhaustive list by any means. Stay tuned for more posts on open source textbooks and curricula in the coming weeks. Open […]

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Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

| October 28, 2010 | 5 Comments

Flickr: Arvindgrover By Sara Bernard Once upon a time, textbook writers would write textbooks and teachers would teach what was in them. Teachers would make up their own lesson plans, and if they were willing, shared them with their colleagues. But technology is changing the scenario. Now, not only are educators combing the Internet for […]

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