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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. The school is well on its way to achieving that goal, and along the way it made some discoveries about what it takes to make a successful transition to e-texts. "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. Before starting his own consulting practice, Spiwak spearheaded the Daytona's e-text Project, which set out to replace traditional textbooks with digital alternatives, including e-textbooks and open content, for the entire school. What do you need to implement a successful e-text program?

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Back to School: Rethinking the Textbook Image by anselm23 via Flickr Over the past few years I have been meeting with a steady stream of entrepreneurs who are determined to reshape the textbook business. While some of these new ventures are in the area of K-12 publishing (these tend to be the more ambitious schemes), most have targeted the market for higher education textbooks. This is not surprising, as many of these individuals are themselves recent college graduates.

West Virginia learns Finland's 'most honorable profession': Teacher Why Finland is important to U.S. education Only 10% of 7,000 teacher applicants to primary school programs accepted in FinlandFinland tops international tests rankings, but doesn't use standardized tests domestically"It is a patriotic, national calling to be a teacher," said one Finnish teacher (CNN) -- When newly minted West Virginia Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Paine told parents, teachers and educators in 2005 that he wanted to use Finland as a model for their education system, he got a lot of blank stares: Finland?

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? - Ideas for Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD) Even If You Are Poor 0 Comments December 6, 2011 By: Lisa Nielsen Dec 5 Written by: 12/5/2011 7:27 PM ShareThis When the topic of bring your own device comes up, one of the first complaints we often hear, is "What about the have nots."

Open educational resources Open educational resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes. Although some people consider the use of an open file format to be an essential characteristic of OER, this is not a universally acknowledged requirement. The development and promotion of open educational resources is often motivated by a desire to curb the commodification of knowledge[1] and provide an alternate or enhanced educational paradigm.[2] 7 Myths About BYOD Debunked BYOD | Viewpoint Page 2 of 2 7 Myths About BYOD Debunked Myth No. 4: Teachers need to become experts in all the technology students own.

What Will School Look Like in 10 Years? Computers, electronic whiteboards and other interactive technologies are fundamentally changing American education. That is the view of the experts whom The Times spoke with about what the classroom will look like 10 years from now. Listen to excerpts from their predictions below, and share your own thoughts about their comments and Matt Richtel’s article about technology in schools in the comments section. Karen Cator, director of educational technology, United States Department of Education 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!).

21st Century Curriculum and Assessment Framework Updated February 2013 Adopted by the NCTE Executive Committee November 19, 2008 Context for NCTE’s 21st Century Literacies Framework