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E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital

E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital
Learning Tools | Feature E-Textbooks: 4 Keys to Going All-Digital By John K. Waters08/03/11 When Daytona State College, a 53-year-old former community college in Florida, now a state college offering a four year degree, set out to implement an all-electronic book program two years ago, its goal was to drive down the cost of textbooks by 80 percent. "We got it going in the right direction," said Rand Spiwak, CEO of eText Consult and Daytona State's recently retired CFO, who led the school's e-text project. Spiwak partnered with John Ittelson, professor emeritus at California State University, Monterey Bay, and director of communication, collaboration, and outreach for the California Virtual Campus, to share their experiences implementing e-textbook programs with attendees at the annual Campus Technology 2011 conference in Boston last week. "We found at the end that our initial idea was very different from where we needed to be to make this thing work," Spiwak said.

Books in Browsers 2010 : Free Movies : Download & Streaming : Internet Archive 3 Teaching Ideas Whose Time Have Come Think about the following questions as if you were an 8th grade teacher in 2001: ● How would you “break down the classroom walls” to allow for asynchronous learning? ● How would you create a learning environment where students not only learn from you and a textbook, but from their peers and experts from around the world? ● How would you make learning relevant for your students? ● How would you make homework more meaningful, yet less stressful for students and parents alike? ● How would you structure your classroom time to focus more on active learning activities rather than passively delivering content? My guess is that your answers would be very innovative and educationally sound. As a reader of this blog I am sure you are aware of the digital revolution that has taken place since 2001. Fast forward 10 years and much has changed that require all teachers to recognize that the way they taught in 2001 was not that much different than a teacher teaching in 1901. Get Social Get Personal About Art

The "Infinite Canvas" In 200 Words or Less... The "infinite canvas" is a challenge to think big; a series of design strategies based on treating the screen as a window rather than a page. The basic premise is that there's no reason that long-form comics have to be split into pages when moving online. Pages are an option—and they can work well when screen shapes are taken into account—but the advantages of putting all panels together on a single "canvas" are significant and worth exploiting. A handful of cartoonists and developers have taken up that challenge in the decade since I started beating the drum on my own site, with occasionally impressive results, but its been a rocky road. As bandwidth increases and hardware matures, such expanded-canvas comics may become increasingly practical, but our understanding of the advantages and obstacles will also need to improve if "infinite canvas" webcomics are going to be more than just a temporary novelty. Potential Advantages Pacing. Dynamic Range. Distance=Time.

WikiEducator A Simpler Page The physical book is something designers get. It’s got a lot going for it, not the least of which is the fact that it’s physical. The boundaries are there, right before us. No guess work is necessary. And so there are a lot of great examples of well designed books. You needn’t look far to uncover a mountain of beautifully typeset and balanced pages. But what about digital books? Tablets are in many ways just like physical books—the screen has well defined boundaries and the optimal number of words per line doesn’t suddenly change on the screen. This essay looks to address these very questions. The simple page #section1 Designing a book is largely an exercise in balance: Balance of letterforms and surrounding space in relation to the physicality of a book. The axis of symmetry of the spine is always there; one can certainly work over it, but not deny it. The spine gives book reading a kinetic motion not found in unbound sheets of paper. Fig 1. Fig 2. Inconsistent metaphors#section2 Fig 3.

Summer PD: Three Levels of Effective Classroom Management To Send or Not to Send (To The Office) Over the past 5 years, I have sent about 2- to 3-students to office during class for discipline issues. I would like to tell you it is because my students are perfect angels or that every student respects me the moment they walk in (ha!). The truth is, I have students that cause trouble and goof around like 99 percent of all classrooms. But save for the most egregious behaviors, I refuse to send them to the principal, and this has created a better classroom environment. Dealing with discipline in the classroom is no small task. Level One: Let Them Know You're Paying Attention If a student is causing problems, small re-directs can be helpful during the class. Level Two: Discipline in Private If a student is undaunted, you may need to use some kind of discipline. One thing I learned early as a teacher is to never engage in discipline in front of the class. Level Three: Time to Call in the Administrators

Books in the Age of the iPad For too long, the act of printing something in and of itself has been placed on too high a pedestal. The true value of an object lies in what it says, not its mere existence. And in the case of a book, that value is intrinsically connected with content. Let's divide content into two broad groups. Content without well-defined form (Formless Content (Fig. 1)) Content with well-defined form (Definite Content (Fig. 2)) Formless Content can be reflowed into different formats and not lose any intrinsic meaning. When Danielle Steele sits at her computer, she doesn't think much about how the text will look printed. Content with form — Definite Content — is almost totally the opposite of Formless Content. Fig. 1 Formless Content — retaining meaning in any container Fig. 2 Definite Content — meaning shifts with container You can sure as hell bet that author Mark Z. A designer may, of course, working in concert with the author, imbue Formless Content with additional meaning in layout. Fig. 3 Fig. 4

Lectures Are Homework in Schools Following Khan Academy Lead Published Online: September 27, 2011 Published in Print: September 28, 2011, as Teacher John Willis, right, works with 9th grade physics students during a lab at the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology while other students debate a problem. Mr. Willis is one of several educators at the school experimenting with a "flip model" instructional approach. —David Walter Banks/Luceo for Education Week Premium article access courtesy of Lawrenceville, Ga. Susan Kramer watched her packed 10th grade biology class weave through rows of desks, pretending to be proteins and picking up plastic-bead “carbohydrates” and goofy “phosphate” hats as they navigated their “cell.” It’s the kind of activity her students love, but one that would normally take Dr. This “flip model” of instruction has gotten national media attention lately, thanks to its promotion by Khan Academy, the high-profile nonprofit online-tutoring library created by Salman A. National Spotlight At the time, Dr.

Follow-Up Interview With Jane Friedman About The E-Publishing Process While we were attending the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference earlier this year, I challenged Jane Friedman to write a book on the future of publishing. Much to my surprise, she took me up on it. On April Fool’s Eve, I posted an interview with Jane just prior to the unveiling of “The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations” on April Fool’s Day. I thought readers would be interested in hearing first-hand what it’s like to self-publish a short, smart, humor e-book, so I asked Jane for another interview this time with a behind-the-scenes look at the e-book creation process. I hope you enjoy it. Christina Katz: Okay, so I challenged you to write an e-book and you agreed. Jane Friedman: Ha! But then it occurred to me that I might have fun with the topic. I also came up with a strict framework. I was also curious to see if an online (and real world) following would translate into people who’d pay money to read my writing. Jane Friedman: Yes, I had 3 primary concerns. 1. 2.