Q&A with Tony Smith, Superintendent of Oakland Unified, on Digital Textbooks

Last year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed the Digital Textbook Initiative, the first state in the country to offer free digital content online to high school students in the subjects of math and science. Since that time, only two school districts in California, as far as I can tell, have begun instituting the initiative district-wide: … Continue reading Q&A with Tony Smith, Superintendent of Oakland Unified, on Digital Textbooks →

Digital Textbooks: Full interactive experience

Inkling An Inkling biology book on the iPad The full potential of digital textbooks is being realized with a new software platform called Inkling that brings the information to life on iPads, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. “The Inkling-based e-books make full use of the iPad’s color, video and touch … Continue reading Digital Textbooks: Full interactive experience →

College Textbooks Are Going Digital

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 … Continue reading College Textbooks Are Going Digital →

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

thinkstock By Ana Tintocalis California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, … Continue reading Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students? →

Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools

By Sarah Butrymowicz By Sarah Butrymowicz Surrounded by farmland and ranches, Colorado‚Äôs Edison School sits off an unpaved road, with tumbleweeds blowing across its dirt parking lot. As recently as a few years ago, many families relied on solar or wind power instead of electricity; today, many still haul home their water from wells. Principal … Continue reading Bridging the Digital Divide in Rural Schools →

Quick Look: New Crop of Digital Science Books Change the Way Students Learn

And not just books from the big publishing companies — these include open education books written by volunteer marine scientists, designed by a computer science class, and donated images and video. Source: Scientificamerican Science can advance quickly, rendering existing textbooks obsolete. Now new digital textbooks are emerging intended to better engage students and keep them … Continue reading Quick Look: New Crop of Digital Science Books Change the Way Students Learn →

Quick Look: An Indiana School System Goes Digital

A comprehensive look at one school district’s evolution to digital textbooks — from every perspective. Source: Nytimes MUNSTER, Ind. – Laura Norman used to ask her seventh-grade scientists to take out their and flip to Page Such-and-Such. Now, she tells them to take out their laptops. Read more at: www.nytimes.com

Watch Out, Print Textbooks: Here Comes Inkling

Whether it’s the iPad that will shake up the print book industry, or some other tablet, it’s evident that education textbook publishers are going to have to adapt to the digital world. Since the iPad is still the front-runner in the education realm, publishers have to learn to think of it not just as another … Continue reading Watch Out, Print Textbooks: Here Comes Inkling →