Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete?

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 … Continue reading Will College Textbooks Be Obsolete? →

DOE: Use Social Networks to Find Best Digital Textbook Resources

When it comes to digital interactive textbooks, the “highest quality resources are important,” said the DOE’s Karen Cator. “We’re trying to use the power of the masses to push the best possible resources out there to bubble up.” “There are entire new ways of looking at textbook adoption,” she said. “It’s very important to find … Continue reading DOE: Use Social Networks to Find Best Digital Textbook Resources →

Overview of the Digital Textbook Movement

“It’s a slow-moving pharmaceutical market,” says Matt MacInnis, the CEO of Inkling, a startup working on digital textbooks. “The professor writes a prescription, and the student goes to fill it.” The quote is from a Newsweek story called “Textbooks’ Digital Future,” which describes the the tug-of-war between not just print-versus-digital, but static-digital versus interactive-digital publishing … Continue reading Overview of the Digital Textbook Movement →

How Can We Maximize the Potential of Learning Apps?

Depending on the context in which it is used, and the priorities of the educators (which includes those present in the classroom, lurking at home, or at their drawing boards or computer screens at an educational publisher), one can skew the same application toward app-dependent or app-enabling ends.

2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders

At the end of the year, pundits love to share their versions of summarized lists of what was hot in ed tech in 2012. In addition to the obvious — Common Core curriculum and assessments, games in learning, consumer tech in education — there are others that may be more subtle or even counter-intuitive. Here … Continue reading 2012 Ed Tech Trends: Insights From Insiders →

10 Important Questions To Ask Before Using iPads in Class

Lenny Gonzales By Terry Heick When it comes to deciding how or whether to use iPads, schools typically focus on budget issues, apps, networking logistics, check-in and check-out procedures, school and district tech-use policies, hardware precautions, and aspects of classroom management. But it’s also important to think about instructional use, and to that end, consider … Continue reading 10 Important Questions To Ask Before Using iPads in Class →

Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books

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 … Continue reading Why College Students Still Prefer Print Over E-Books →

How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

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 … Continue reading How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content →

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

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 … Continue reading When Technologies Collide: Consumer, K-12 and Higher Ed →

Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

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 … Continue reading Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook? →

Why Aren’t Students Using E-Books?

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 … Continue reading Why Aren’t Students Using E-Books? →