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David McGavock

CK12.ORG - FlexBooks - 41 views

    "About CK-12 Foundation Traditional textbooks are both expensive and rigid. FlexBooks conform to national and state textbook standards. They are free, easy to update and easy to customize. With FlexBooks, you can customize your textbooks to support your innovative work in the classroom. The CK-12 Foundation provides FlexBooks free to anyone who wants to use them."
Maggie Verster

TeachPaperless: From the Horse's Mouth: a Textbook Editor Responds - 0 views

    A textbook editor responds to the call to 'Get Off Textbooks'.
Dennis OConnor

An Apple tablet could pit iTunes against Amazon - - 1 views

  • What can Apple do better with e-books? For textbooks or anthologies, Apple can give iTunes users the ability to download individual chapters, priced between a few cents to a few bucks each.
  • It would be similar to how you can currently download individual song tracks from an album. It might even have the same earthshaking potential to transform an entire industry by refocusing it on the content people actually want instead of the bundles that publishers want them to buy.
  • College students would love this: Teachers rarely assign an entire textbook, so they would save hundreds of dollars by downloading only a few chapters of each textbook.
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  • Other than having the upper hand with digital distribution, an Apple tablet can compensate for other e-book readers' shortcomings. In a previous story, polled students on their interest in Amazon's large-format Kindle DX reader. Several of them said they couldn't imagine ditching textbooks for a Kindle DX, foreseeing challenges with tasks such as notetaking, highlighting and switching between books while writing essays.
  • Assuming its computing powers and interface design are anything like the iPhone's, a touchscreen tablet would make these student-oriented tasks as easy as a few swipes and taps -- far more pleasant than clunking around with the Kindle's cheap buttons and sluggish interface. Plus, we would imagine students would be able to type their papers on the tablet.
  • There's huge potential in a tablet if Apple can pull this off. The challenge lies in establishing the right partnerships. If Apple weaves e-books into the iTunes Store, will book publishers hop on board? Given Apple's success in numbers, we think so.
    What can Apple do better with e-books? For textbooks or anthologies, Apple can give iTunes users the ability to download individual chapters, priced between a few cents to a few bucks each.
Josh Paluch

Screw Kindle...just give me a decent app for textbooks | Education IT | - 0 views

    • Josh Paluch
      No, it's not. If we're going to go to elec. textbooks, we should really move beyond the notion of "book" altogether and use a format like browser-based tech, that fully utilizing the interactive potential of elec. media.
    Chris talks about why the educational publishing industry should develop an online textbook format.
Fabian Aguilar

Top News - California lists state-approved digital textbooks - 0 views

  • California education leaders on Aug. 11 released a list of resources they have determined meet state-approved standards for high school math and science classes.
  • The "Free Digital Textbook Initiative Report," facilitated by the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN), outlines how open high school math and science textbooks submitted under the first phase of the initiative measure up against the state's academic standards. The state received 16 digital textbooks to review, with 10 meeting at least 90 percent of the standards and four fully meeting the standards. The reviewed resources are available for schools to use this fall.
  • Researchers used content standards adopted by the California Department of Education in 1997 for high school math courses and in 1998 for science courses. Submitted texts were reviewed to determine whether the materials fully or partially meet or do not meet state board-adopted content standards.
edutopia .org

How My School Is Transitioning to Digital Textbooks: Organizing (Step 1 of 5) | Edutopia - 0 views

    Part one of a five part series by Andrew Marcinek describing the steps in his school's transition to digital textbooks.  
Maggie Verster

Should laptops replace textbooks? A poll- go vote! - 9 views

    "The age of the textbook may be bowing out -- or it may not" So far laptops are winning.... Some interesting comments on the topic as well. Go vote!
Rick Beach

U creates Open Academics textbook catalog to reduce student costs : UMNews : University... - 0 views

    U of Minnesota creates open-access textbook collection with faculty reviews.
Judy Robison

Saylor Media Library - 33 views

    online Media Library, built on the open source DSpace repository platform, provides a growing list of about 6,000 total resources, including 3,000 open educational resources, 1,300 videos, 124 full-length textbooks, and 2,500 articles. Resources cover the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, business, and test prep. Materials include primary texts (such as Beowulf and Hamlet), references (such as the Catholic Encyclopedia), textbooks (such as The Electronic Introduction to Old English), maps, presentations, audio recordings, assessments, assignments, data sets, and others.
Samantha Morra

BBC NEWS | UK | Magazine | A textbook love affair? - 0 views

    Phasing out textbooks?!? Finally
Rick L

Link by Link - Don't Buy That Textbook, Download It Free - - 0 views

  • In protest of what he says are textbooks’ intolerably high prices — and the dumbing down of their content to appeal to the widest possible market — Professor McAfee has put his introductory economics textbook online free. He says he most likely could have earned a $100,000 advance on the book had he gone the traditional publishing route, and it would have had a list price approaching $200.
Mitch Weisburgh

Light and Matter: open-source physics textbooks - 0 views

    open source physics textbooks
Mendi Benigni

Amazon Announces Digital-Textbook Rentals - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Educ... - 0 views

  • Students have the option to purchase the e-book during or after a rental period, and can extend rental period in daily increments.
  • Students will also be able to refer to any margin notes and highlights they made in their digital textbooks after the rental period is over
Rick Beach

Testing mandates flunk cost-benefit analysis - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 0 views

    Smagorinsky nails the real origins of NCLB testing as a $20 billion cost to states that profit the testing/textbook companies.
Mitch Weisburgh

CK12.ORG - FlexBooks - 0 views

    Site that allows you to build your own textbook and share with other teachers.
Martin Burrett

Français interactif - French Textbook - 0 views

    A superb complete course for beginners of French language. Find a complete PDF textbook, videos and much more to get you started in no time.
Rick Beach

U of Minn. alumni develop digital textbook reader | - 0 views

    Kno's development of a dual screen tablet for e-textbooks
cheryl capozzoli

CK-12 - Next Generation Textbooks - 0 views

shared by cheryl capozzoli on 14 Jan 09 - Cached
    Wow!!! Imagine kids and teachers creating there own onilne textbooks!!
Walter Antoniotti - 0 views

    Collection of Internet Materials to enhance the movement to replace expensive paper textbooks with les expensive and often free Internet learning materials.
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