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Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources

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 … Continue reading Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources →

Teachers Customize Textbooks Online

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 … Continue reading Teachers Customize Textbooks Online →

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

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 … Continue reading Why Today’s College Kids Prefer Print – And Tomorrow’s Won’t →

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 →

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 →

FCC Will “Reboot” E-Rate Program: Broadband to Schools and Libraries

Tina Barseghian Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski announced this morning that the FCC will “reboot” the E-Rate program, which offers discounted Internet service to schools and public libraries and promoting increased access. “We fail our students if we don’t teach them basic digital skills,” he said. The move, he said, is expected to boost … Continue reading FCC Will “Reboot” E-Rate Program: Broadband to Schools and Libraries →

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 →

New York Times Magazine Highlights Education

I’m excited this weekend to receive the tell-tale blue bag on my doorstep — the New York Times, which will be bundled with the Sunday magazine’s Education Issue. Though I’ll probably read most of the articles online (I linked to the story about teaching with video games on Wednesday), the print issue’s a keeper. Here’s … Continue reading New York Times Magazine Highlights Education →

Use of E-Textbooks to Grow With iPads

Interesting quote by a prescient analyst about the future of textbooks, in this article in ABC News about the growth of iPad in classrooms. “Long term, the biggest threat to publishers will be if there’s some kind of major adoption of open access (free course material), meaning there is a change in how college instructors … Continue reading Use of E-Textbooks to Grow With iPads →

Tony Smith: Technology Will Make the Need for Human Interaction Stronger

Yesterday, I posted the first part of my interview with Tony Smith, Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, who said that content offered through California’s Digital Textbook Initiative is not yet transformative. Here, he talks about all the ways in which teachers are taking initiative in bringing technology to the classroom, and the importance of … Continue reading Tony Smith: Technology Will Make the Need for Human Interaction Stronger →

Will College Bookstores Become Obsolete?

There’s been some controversy brewing over at ZNet Education, where blogger Christopher Dawson has raised the ire of college bookstores. Last Friday, Dawson went into detail about what he calls “the textbook racket,” and suggested that, to save money, college students forgo their campus bookstores in favor of renting books, buying used ones from Amazon, … Continue reading Will College Bookstores Become Obsolete? →

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 →

Kno: the iPad Challenger

By Katie Stansberry Kno Inc., a young education technology company out of Santa Clara, CA, announced last week that it had secured $46 million in funding to develop a digital textbook table that is poised to take the education world by storm. According to news reports, the product will combine “digital textbooks, course materials, e-mail, … Continue reading Kno: the iPad Challenger →

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