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Texas debates online vs. print textbooks

UPI – “Policymakers and stakeholders in Texas are wrangling over whether printed textbooks should go extinct in favor of online learning. Advocates say putting textbooks on the Internet will save money and promote the use of interactive lessons for today’s high-tech children. Adherents of traditional textbooks say cost-savings may be overstated, given the cost of maintaining computer systems, and poor children may be left out.”

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Textbook publishers add online tools to win over professors

USA Today – “What changed was that Hildreth started instructing his students to do their homework online through a suite of “Mastering” tools from Pearson, which the publishing giant is marketing alongside its textbooks. Not only does the software tell Hildreth which problems students are getting wrong, it tells him why they are getting them wrong, so he can tailor his class sessions to reinforce certain concepts accordingly. It also relieves him of the burden of grading homework for dozens of students — a task so time-consuming, Hildreth says, that it forces many math and science professors to extrapolate homework grades on assignments based on only a few answers. Historically, this flawed grading method has prompted professors to count homework for a disproportionately small percentage of each student’s overall grade, giving their students little incentive to spend much time on it.”

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College Textbooks Hit iPhone, iPod Touch

PC World – “College students could soon be able to ditch their backpacks and put their textbooks into their shirt pockets thanks to a new program that will let them read their books using iPhones or iPod Touch devices.”

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W.W. Norton Offers Build-Your-Own Online Texbooks

GalleyCat – “Publisher W.W. Norton has launched Chapter Select e-Books program for schools, allowing teachers and students to choose which school book chapters they want to buy–building a customized online textbook for the classroom.”

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Why textbooks we paid for never reached Afghanistan

csmonitor.com – “About 45 million books – a total value of $15.4 million, paid for by the United Nations and the aid agencies of the US and Danish governments – were scheduled to arrive before classes started in Afghanistan last March. But according to the AP, millions of those books have still not been delivered.”

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Textbooks Are Expensive

Michelle Slatalla – “With this year’s news about the ways some unscrupulous colleges make an extra buck off students’ naïveté — from loan officers who accepted lenders’ kickbacks to schools that got cash incentives to steer students to expensive study-abroad programs — I felt it was expedient to warn my daughter about a big expense that looms before her. Textbooks.” (via)

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Webware – “Here’s a concept for textbooks that’s almost as cool as library checkouts.”

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Expensive Textbooks

AP – “To hold costs down, students who once shopped for texts only at the campus bookstore are casting wider nets, searching for new and used textbooks at online bookstores, seeking out student book exchanges, investing in e-books, sharing books with fellow students – even borrowing books from public libraries.”

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Outdated Textbooks

Book Patrol – “If the open access movement or the digitization crowd ever needed something to rally around the textbook trade would be the place to start.”

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