digital textbooks

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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Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t

Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t

| October 21, 2010 | 2 Comments

For all this talk of iPads and Kindles and e-readers and digital textbooks, apparently college students aren’t ready to give up their back-breaking tomes just yet. At least that’s what yesterday’s New York Times article indicates. Despite the fact that in most cases, print books are more expensive, college kids surveyed in two studies said […]

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College Textbooks Are Going Digital

College Textbooks Are Going Digital

| October 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Interesting story in the Daily Breeze about California State University, Dominguez Hills finding a way around expensive college textbooks: The Carson campus is among six of CSU’s 23 locations to take part in a pilot program in which students, beginning this year, are able to purchase digital textbooks for temporary use. The program is analogous […]

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The Future of the Book

The Future of the Book

| September 22, 2010 | 0 Comments

Every wonder how design-thinkers work? Take a look at Ideo’s vision of the future of the book. http://vimeo.com/15142335

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