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CourseSmart E-Textbooks Track Students’ Progress for Teachers

CourseSmart - NY Times

Educators from nine universities are testing technology from a Silicon Valley start-up, CourseSmart, that allows them to track their students’ progress with digital textbooks.


Court backs student in textbook copyright case

Textbooks - WC

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that textbooks and other goods made and sold abroad can be re-sold online and in discount stores without violating U.S. copyright law.


Apollo to buy McGraw-Hill education unit for $2.5 billion

The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc has found a buyer for its textbook business, a unit that once steadied its results against the ups and downs of financial markets faced by its Standard & Poor's rating agency. Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC will buy McGraw-Hill's educational publishing unit for $2.5 billion, McGraw-Hill said on Monday.


In South Korean classrooms, digital textbook revolution meets some resistance

South Korean Classrooms

Five years ago, South Korea mapped out a plan to transform its education system into the world’s most cutting-edge. The country would turn itself into a “knowledge powerhouse,” one government report declared, breeding students “equipped for the future.” These students would have little use for the bulky textbooks familiar to their parents. Their textbooks would be digital, accessible on any screen of their choosing. Their backpacks would be much lighter.


Apple debuts e-book publishing app

Apple Unveils Textbook Publishing App

Apple on Thursday lifted the veil on its plans to remake the educational landscape in a way that centers on its best-selling tablet computer, the iPad. "Education is deep in Apple's DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet," Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of marketing, said in a statement.


Apple To Announce Tools, Platform To ‘Digitally Destroy’ Textbook Publishing


Apple is slated to announce the fruits of its labor on improving the use of technology in education at its special media event on Thursday, January 19. While speculation has so far centered on digital textbooks, sources close to the matter have confirmed to Ars that Apple will announce tools to help create interactive e-books—the “GarageBand for e-books,” so to speak—and expand its current platform to distribute them to iPhone and iPad users.


Digital text books open a new chapter

Digital text books open a new chapter

South Korea, one of the world's highest-rated education systems, aims to consolidate its position by digitising its entire curriculum. By 2015, it wants to be able to deliver all its curriculum materials in a digital form through computers. The information that would once have been in paper textbooks will be delivered on screen.

Senh: We're still kinda anti-computers in the U.S. There's the problem with the radiation emitted by wifi and staring at the screen for too long. Still, it's interesting that South Korea is going full stream ahead on this. It seems like it's the wave of the future. It makes sense since kids grow up with smartphones, tablet computers, and various electronic gadgets and devices. I would like to see what pediatricians think of this.


Online textbooks moving into Washington area schools

Online textbooks moving into Washington area schools

Seventh-grade history teacher Mark Stevens bellowed a set of 21st-century instructions as students streamed into class one recent Friday at Fairfax County’s Glasgow Middle School. “Get a computer, please! Log on,” he said, “and go to your textbook.”


Many U.S. schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks

Many public secondary schools this fall will move away from textbooks in favor of the lightweight tablet computers.


Graphic novel replaces business school textbook

Graphic novel replaces business school textbook

Jeremy Short's students read comic books in class. Then they take exams, do well, and finish the semester with an understanding of the fundamentals ...

Senh: Sounds like a fun class. And someone who open-minded enough to be try something new.


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