Boundless: Disrupting the Textbook Industry

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Editor's Note: This guest post is writter by Ariel Diaz: the founder and CEO of Boundless, a company creating low-cost, high-quality digital college textbooks from the best open sources available on the internet. You can follow him on Twitter @arieldiaz. The traditional textbook market is broken. Though textbooks remain the core content for most courses in higher education, this market … [Read more...]

To Own or to License?

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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 … [Read more...]

LiTTech Show #20: Academic Publishing

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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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

We’re All Products of Our Own Personal Learning Experience

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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 … [Read more...]

LiTTech #11: Looking Forward to 2012

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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 … [Read more...]

LiTTech Show 001: It’s All About eBooks!

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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 … [Read more...]

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

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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 … [Read more...]