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Laura Stankiewicz

Calculating the Costs of Digital Textbook Initiatives in Africa - 0 views

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    Interesting article about the cost components (not just device pricetags) of using digital textbooks. The article considers Africa, but the framework can apply anywhere.
Jason Hammon

Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2012: The Battle to Open Textbooks | Inside Higher Ed - 0 views

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    Digital Textbooks
Jeffrey Siegel

In digital textbook transition, device availability is just the beginning - 0 views

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    Discusses some funding and infrastructure hurdles (e.g.broadband services) in rolling-out digital textbooks
Lauren Gould

Inkling -- interactive textbooks - 1 views

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    Inkling makes interactive textbooks and are really trying to raise the bar in this area. I'm interested in the  "Social Learning Network" inside the Inkling textbooks. In other words, you and your friends can highlight/annotate and collaborate inside the textbook much like you would, for example, on a google doc. 
Hannah Lesk

NY Times Op-Ed: Long Live Paper - 2 views

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    A point of view challenging the rapid transition to digital textbooks. 
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    These op-eds and blogs keep popping up, but I have yet to read one that is at all compelling. It was particularly entertaining when this author referenced how digital photography put Polaroid out of business. Hard to understand why one would use that reference when defending the textbook. The funny thing is that textbooks were never a fantastic learning tool to begin with. The real danger is that digital textbooks will not not make the dramatic improvements that they may be capable of when it comes to teaching the material.
Mary Jo Madda

The Future of "Flex Books" -- On-line textbooks and beyond? - 1 views

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    This group provides free and open source materials for K-12 environments. Customizable and aligned to student/teacher needs. Seems like physical textbooks only have a short time left.
Chris Dede

The Future of Education: Tablets vs. Textbooks - 0 views

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    Key concerns about the sudden rush to dump textbooks for open source content
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    This transition will happen relatively quickly given the current cost of textbooks and the low cost of tablets. Fortunately, I think we will find that the digital textbooks and other features on the tablets will be far more engaging and effective teaching tools than the traditional textbook. The ability of the digital text to read aloud (in several languages) and provide visual support including high def color diagrams, animation, and video, as well as create intuitive links to vocabulary and 'checking for understanding' will be a great support to students and teachers.
Adrian Melia

Free digital textbooks offered as Gov. Jerry Brown signs bills - latimes.com - 0 views

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    California collage students to get free digital textbooks as early as next year.
Chris Dede

Report Recommends Shift to Digital Educational Resources Within 5 Years -- THE Journal - 2 views

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    The latest report on digital textbooks
Jeffrey Siegel

Rafter CEO: The innovation curve hasn't hit education yet - 0 views

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    What education really needs is not more digitized textbooks, but open platforms, where smaller innovators can compete with big publishers.
Jeffrey Siegel

Textbooks to iPads--it's not your parents' education - 1 views

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    Related to section on how iPads are currently being used in a California school.

    making short videos to taking photos of complex formulas displayed on a blackboard for later review.
    Language students record themselves reciting lessons, and then upload the files to their teachers' drop boxes for critique.
    And math teachers use iPads to videotape students working through problems, explaining how they arrived at the solution and thereby demonstrating mastery of a lesson.
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    Here's the blog from the school's iLab
    http://hillbrookilab.com/
James Glanville

USA Classrooms (K-12) Moving Towards Digital Textbooks Over the Next 5 Years? | PadGadget - 2 views

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    Interesting  plan coming out of "Leading Education by Advancing Digital Commission" meeting last week.  
Bharat Battu

Apple announces Jan. 19 event at Guggenheim in NYC | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog - 0 views

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    "The event is expected to focus on iTunes U and electronic textbooks/'

    iTunes U has been offering free educational videos and recorded lectures for years. I wonder what they'll unveil on Thursday the 19th re: e-textbooks
Kasthuri Gopalaratnam

Online Textbooks Aim to Make Science Leap From the Page - NYTimes.com - 2 views

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    Digital only textbook. Students pay for permanent Internet access.
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    Interesting -- and I like the direction, of course -- but one quote is a bit concerning: "but if the best way to learn is to see something moving" . . . that's a fairly big "if" and one that is not necessarily accurate
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    Right! But he is saying that they if the best way is to see something moving they do it that way and if quiz is the best way to do it, they use a quiz. And I suppose, audio can be used when it is appropriate. The question though is 'who decides what is the best way?' and on what basis. And it will be great if there is also a simulation component, so the user can do some 'what-if' scenarios.
Maung Nyeu

Textbooks Finally Take a Big Leap to Digital - NYTimes.com - 2 views

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    Are digital textbooks the beginning of the end for the college bookstores? 39 percent students surveyed used digital reader. We may be reaching a tipping point here.
Maung Nyeu

New Digital Tools Let Professors Tailor Their Own Textbooks - Technology - The Chronicl... - 2 views

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    "As professors mix and match book chapters, case studies, and journal articles, the site keeps track of how much royalties are going to cost. Once the book is made, students have the option of buying it digitally or paying an extra $10 (with an additional 3 cents per page if the book is more than one hundred pages) for the textbook"
Garron Hillaire

BBC News - Digital textbooks open a new chapter - 0 views

  • South Korea, one of the world's highest-rated education systems, aims to consolidate its position by digitising its entire curriculum.
  • Preliminary results from a US military "digital tutor" project suggested the time needed to become an expert in information technology could be reduced from years to months, said the White House.
  • An unscrupulous government could relish the fact that everything a child learns is controllable through one, easily manipulated, digital portal.
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    South Korea initiative for digital textbooks - good news?
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