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Boundless: Disrupting the Textbook Industry June 12, 2013 9:01 am

Boundless: Disrupting the Textbook Industry

The traditional textbook market is broken. Though textbooks remain the core content for most courses in higher education, this market operates “cartel” style, giving students little choice in the products they use or the price they pay. Over 80% of the textbook market is controlled by the top 5 publishers, who use aggressive sales tactics to acquire professors’ business and then stick students with the exorbitant costs.

To Own or to License? July 13, 2012 11:00 am

To Own or to License?

So , there are two blog posts this week that really have me thinking. One is from Andy Woodsworth over at Agnostic, Maybe and the other is from In the Library with the Lead Pipe by Brett Bonfield.  Go read them, I’ll wait here. Ready? Great. What I’ve been thinking about is the concept of ownership and how it’s being degraded.  All of that music you got from iTunes? Not really yours. The books on your Kindle? Nope. In fact, […]

LiTTech Show #20: Academic Publishing March 7, 2012 11:00 am

LiTTech Show #20: Academic Publishing

This week on LiTTech: Emily and Addie take a quick look at the way prices for academic journals have exploded over the past few years. Recently though, professors and provosts have started to make stirrings that they might shift their focus to open-access journals if the model doesn’t change. Show Host: Emily Thompson Show contributors: Adrienne Matteson   Leave us some feedback! Contact us with any questions or comments- littech@edreach.us

MacReach Show #37: The Truth About Apple’s Digital Textbooks February 2, 2012 10:21 pm

MacReach Show #37: The Truth About Apple’s Digital Textbooks

This week on MacReach: Kelly Dumont shares some of the ‘overlooked’ announcements from Apple’s recent release of iBooks, iTunesU, and iBook Author. Sean Junkins joins in on our conversation: do digital textbooks belong in the classroom? …And you’ll LOVE the App of the Week! Show Hosts: Meg Wilson (@iPodsibiities) and Kelly Dumont (@KDumont) Co-Host: Sean Junkins (@sjunkins) Leave us some feedback!  Contact us with any questions or comments- macreach@edreach.us

We’re All Products of Our Own Personal Learning Experience January 26, 2012 6:04 pm

We’re All Products of Our Own Personal Learning Experience

We are products of our own personal learning experience. We are products of our environment. What happened to us in our past, what we were exposed to, how we felt about school growing up, all play an important role to how our current beliefs of education are perceived. I do believe perception is reality. Whether as a parent, pundit, educator, or by-standing observer, we all seem to have a strong opinion about how schools today in America should operate. Our […]

LiTTech #11: Looking Forward to 2012 January 4, 2012 11:00 am

LiTTech #11: Looking Forward to 2012

This week on LiTTech: Emily and Adrienne talk about their professional resolutions for 2012 and what they think the biggest issues will be including ebooks, library innovation (from hackerspaces to new taxonomies to tablets), and inspiring triumphs over last year’s attitude toward school libraries). In addition, they chat about some of the books they’re really looking forward to in the coming months (hint: the second books in a couple of trilogies are coming up!). Show Host: Emily Thompson Show contributors: […]

LiTTech Show 001: It’s All About eBooks! October 21, 2011 9:00 am

LiTTech Show 001: It’s All About eBooks!

This week on LiTTech: This is our maiden voyage here with LiTTech so we welcome you to our Show #1! Our hopes are to educate and energize you about the world of school libraries technology across the grade levels and the country. A dynamic part of the changing landscape of education, LiTTech will attempt to bring you the best thought provoking ideas in the field with guest speakers and lively banter. This week we discuss Ebooks through the eBook Summit, […]

EdReach Show #35: The Kindle Sets ‘Fire’ to the Old Library September 30, 2011 8:00 am

EdReach Show #35: The Kindle Sets ‘Fire’ to the Old Library

This week on EdReach: The benefits of having social media helpers in the classroom, why education in Finland is so much better than America, the Kindle Fire helps us saying goodbye to the old library, and should teachers go back to the new-and-improved Delicious.com? Show Host: Daniel Rezac Show contributors: James O’Hagan and Greg Garner The complete show notes are now on the EdReach Wiki.   Call us on our comment line! If you’d like to leave some feedback you can call us on […]

EdReach Show #34: Do Pencils Raise Test Scores? September 15, 2011 8:00 am

EdReach Show #34: Do Pencils Raise Test Scores?

This week on EdReach: Picking apart Remind101.com, a purportedly new “Twitter” for teachers, making the case for ditching paper textbooks, and that pesky NY Times article creeps back again into another show.  This show really tried to answer the question: what happens when the fibre optic cable is fried at your school and you’re just about to record a podcast? Listen, and find out! Show Host: Daniel Rezac Show contributors: Judi Epcke, Greg Garner, and Scott Weidig The complete show notes are […]

EdReach Show #31: Will Nanobots Save Us From NCLB? August 11, 2011 10:10 am

EdReach Show #31: Will Nanobots Save Us From NCLB?

Textbooks come to the Web in a big way (Kindle), NCLB explained for dummies, and  Arne Duncan says that states can have waivers for NCLB this year- with a catch. Make sure to listen to our One Thing to Share this Week – some great tools and apps in there (and one about nanobots). Our guests this week include Razor’s Ed host James O’Hagan and regular contributor Judi Epcke. Show Host: Daniel Rezac Show contributors: Judi Epcke, James O’Hagan The […]

The Changing Publishing Landscape: Amazon Launches Textbook Rental while Borders Liquidates July 18, 2011 6:22 pm

The Changing Publishing Landscape: Amazon Launches Textbook Rental while Borders Liquidates

Sorry for the outrageously long title, but these both of these stories that were reported today are telling about the the impact eBooks are having on the publishing and distributing industry. First, Amazon released information that it is launching a Kindle eTextbook Rental service. I believe that this service will greatly benefit for college students, and there are possibilities that secondary education could benefit from this as well for those schools embracing 1:1 programs with students. Kindle Textbook Rental is […]

Summer Development: Creating ePub eBooks for Students June 1, 2011 2:19 pm

Summer Development: Creating ePub eBooks for Students

Summer in the United States is almost here! Teachers and student will be basking in the glow of the sun, spending time on the beach, relaxing and resting up, AND getting a head start on preparing for the next school year. (Not to mention summer school). Even outside of summer school, summer vacation provides tremendous opportunities for learning and creating. With the tremendous explosion of eReaders (both inside and outside of schools) there is not a better time to buildout […]

EdCeptional Show #7: Geeking out with Barbara Fernandes! May 2, 2011 6:33 pm

EdCeptional Show #7: Geeking out with Barbara Fernandes!

Today we welcome Barbara Fernandes also known as GeekSLP. Barbara is a wealth of information and has many accolades to her name. Here are just a few. Speech Language Therapist Creator of Smarty Ears apps (Over 20) Speaks 3 languages (Spanish, English and Portuguese) Originally from Brazil HUGE online presence as GeekSLP Travels the globe presenting on how to use technology during speech therapy sessions We welcome Barbara to the show! Everyone was asked to share a low to mid […]

Where is YOUR classroom? May 1, 2011 5:04 pm

Where is YOUR classroom?

Every day, I am an active participant in an amazing classroom that is filled with engaging and unique learning opportunities. I learn all kinds of information about a variety of different topics; it all depends on what I find interesting or necessary at the moment. I have access to an incredible wealth of credible resources, and I am given as much time as I need to synthesize information and determine how to best leverage it. I have opportunities to collaborate and […]

ResearchEd: Findings from the e-Book Quality Rating Tool April 8, 2011 7:07 am

ResearchEd: Findings from the e-Book Quality Rating Tool

Editor’s note: Guest author Jeremy Brueck is an educator and PhD candidate from the University of Akron, who is researching the use of e-Books and mobile devices in early literacy learning. This is part 5 of a 5 part series for EdReach.us called ResearchEd. You can follow him on Twitter @brueckj23.   So, is Quality Rating Tool 2 (publicly accessible at http://bit.ly/eQRT_v2) any better? We will now hone in on our data to see if we have achieved better reliability […]

ResearchEd: An e-Book Quality Rating Tool is Born April 7, 2011 7:10 am

ResearchEd: An e-Book Quality Rating Tool is Born

Editor’s note: Guest author Jeremy Brueck is an educator and PhD candidate from the University of Akron, who is researching the use of e-Books and mobile devices in early literacy learning. This is part 4 of a 5 part series for EdReach.us called ResearchEd. You can follow him on Twitter @brueckj23.   Drawing on the professional knowledge base we used for developing the Blueprint Key and Analyatic Tools 1 & 2, we developed a matrix to guide the design of […]

ResearchEd: Analytic Tools for Examining e-Book Features April 6, 2011 7:03 am

ResearchEd: Analytic Tools for Examining e-Book Features

Editor’s note: Guest author Jeremy Brueck is an educator and PhD candidate from the University of Akron, who is researching the use of e-Books and mobile devices in early literacy learning. This is part 3 of a 5 part series for EdReach.us called ResearchEd. You can follow him on Twitter @brueckj23. From the Blueprint Key, we moved to the development of 2 unique analytic tools. Analytic Tool I was adapted from the coding categories of de Jong and Bus (2003) […]

ResearchEd: e-Books, Learning Objects and the Blueprint Key April 5, 2011 7:05 am

ResearchEd: e-Books, Learning Objects and the Blueprint Key

In Phase 1, our research goal was to design an effective and usable tool for early childhood teachers to us in order to rate the quality of the e-Book for use in early literacy instruction. Our interest in developing an e-Book rating tool began in 2008 with our first attempt, the Blueprint Key, and has evolved over time by blending several different analytic tools to create the most recent version, the Quality Rating Tool. Let’s take a closer look at […]