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In her book, Kamenetz explains how students and faculty benefit from Flat World’s open textbook publishing model: Students can read originally produced, high-quality textbooks for free online, download a PDF for a few dollars, or get a printed copy for $29.95, a fraction of what most textbooks cost. There’s also a choice of audio books and chapters, and, for the fall semester, ePub versions for handheld readers. Educators have the freedom to remix, reorder, add and delete content to customize the course material to match the instructor’s requirements. She concludes by noting that for the fall 2009 semester, the 40,000 students who used Flat World textbooks saved an estimated $3 million compared to traditional textbooks.
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EduBloggerCon unconference session asking how social media and social networking might help to define digital (next) textbooks. To help seed this conversation I asked folks, via Twitter, from the train on Friday, to share some defining characteristics of old paper printed textbooks. As the responses flew in, I combined and edited them into more positive descriptions such as standards aligned, focused, unbiased, durable, etc.
Next I created a Google Form survey that asked unconference participants to read a characterization statements about old textbooks and write in comparative characterizations of next textbooks. For instance, if Old textbooks are NARROWLY FOCUSED then Next textbooks are…
This morning I culled through the responses, mixing, matching, and editing them together into a defining set of comparisons. Admittedly, this listing reflects my own biased sense of where textbooks are going.
This link recently saved by vancestevens on March 13, 2011
Washington’s Open Course Library is the largest state-funded effort in the nation to make core college course materials available on the Web for $30 or less per class. Financed with $750,000 from the state of Washington and a matching grant, the goal isn’t just to reduce student costs, It’s also to create engaging, interactive learning materials that will help improve course completion rates. By the time the project is completed in 2012, digitized textbook equivalents for some 81 high-enrollment classes will be available online for the more than 400,000 students enrolled in Washington’s network of community and technical colleges. Even better, the materials can be shared across the globe, largely for free, because they will be published in an open format. To keep costs at a minimum, the teachers developing the materials are relying primarily on either existing material in the public domain or embarking on the painstaking task of developing materials from scratch.
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This post started with an mguhlin tweet asking what might work as a wifi enabled ebook reader which I happened to see first up in my Twitter this a.m. (15 min earlier I would have missed it) so I responded to it and next thing you know this post appears, which I plan to use as an example in my presentation at ZU tomorrow
This link recently saved by vancestevens on April 05, 2010
Stanza is a free application for your iPhone and iPod Touch. Use it to download from a vast selection of over 100,000 books and periodicals, and read them right on your phone. It’s a wireless electronic library that stays open 24/7.
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The ebooks on this page are free.
Coming of Age is an introduction to Web 2.0 which has been downloaded at least 60,000 times (I stopped keeping track after a while, and it's available from other websites too, so I didn't have a complete picture anyway.)
At last! The Amazing Web 2.0 Projects Book!
This link recently saved by vancestevens on February 24, 2010
This is a well-done guide, replete with colored illustrations, carefully done, covering all the basic tools. Wesley Fryer would be proud:
Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators
by Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano
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This guide was written especially for educators, who want to teach 21st century skills, such as collaborating, communicating, and connecting, through digital storytelling