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Top Must-Have Technologies for Students

Top Must-Have Technologies for Students | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Classrooms today have become centres of learning technologies with the explosion of smartphones, tablets and other edtech tools. Here are the most relevant.

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Archive » E-text program means J155 students work online » Indiana University School of Journalism

Archive » E-text program means J155 students work online » Indiana University School of Journalism | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Author: , Published: 2013-02-17 14:19:25 GMT, Category: Features, Description: Photo by Nick Demille Adjunct lecturer Steve Higgs took his text book online last fall. This is the second semester for J155 students to use e-texts.
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UC Berkeley researchers aim to revolutionize e-books | UWIRE

UC Berkeley students in the campus's School of Information are collaborating to enhance the efficiency of e-books in the hopes of revolutionizing the accessibility of information among researchers and the general public.
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Shareable: Libraries Reinvented as Laboratories

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Another way to reduce student costs -- use the library!

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John Shank's curator insight, February 14, 2013 10:50 AM

I think it is time that academic libraries become (why not call it) creatatorium's and align themselves with one big aspect of the Internet digital revolution - that is everyone now can become a creator and producer of all types of information and media and libraries should lead the way in faciliting this process and providing community spaces to make it happen.

John Shank's comment, February 14, 2013 3:05 PM
Great question! I thought of the term as I was reading the above article this morning and did a quick Google search and did not find any relevant uses of the word. Although, I am thinking the term Creatorium might work better and sound better. The basic meaning behind the word is similar to the terms imaginarium or exploratorium. With a twist instead of only inspiring imagination and exploration let enable creation of ideas, tools, and products digital and physical. The library could become a community hub or nexus for innovators, educators, and inventors taking data,information, and knowledge then using tools provided by the library to create or turn their ideas into books, videos, and now with 3D printers create models and working products.
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Business trio turns a corner with digital textbook startup - Illinois State University Stories

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Business trio turns a corner with digital textbook startup
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Like many students, Currier spent more than $1,000 a year on textbooks as a freshman and sophomore.
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Opportunities in Educational eContent - EContent (press release)

Opportunities in Educational eContent - EContent (press release) | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Minneapolis Star Tribune Opportunities in Educational eContent EContent (press release) That is, open access courses and other low-cost online educational content options will allow students to master high level competencies outside the walls of...
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E-Textbooks Not Taking Off: Lesson for Trade Publishers - Digital Book World

E-Textbooks Not Taking Off: Lesson for Trade Publishers - Digital Book World | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
E-Textbooks Not Taking Off: Lesson for Trade Publishers Digital Book World shutterstock_114474988-1 Publishers, educational institutions and their government observers love the idea of e-textbooks: cheaper, better and easier on the back when the...
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21st Century Competencies

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21st Century Skills - LOVE this visual! Need it in my classroom or in the school somewhere (21st Century Skills - LOVE this visual!

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Fred Zimny's curator insight, February 23, 2013 8:03 AM

For the first quarter....

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Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project - US Department of State (press release)

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Secretary Clinton To Host the Announcement of the Open Book Project
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The Open Book Project is an initiative of the U.S.
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Pay Nothing? Easier Said Than Done - Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)

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Top higher-ed tech trends for 2013 - eCampus News

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Top higher-ed tech trends for 2013
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The survey comes from Edudemic, a site connecting educators and students with ed-tech tools and resources. Smart phones ...
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How publishers are re-imagining the textbook in 2013 | Publishing ...

How publishers are re-imagining the textbook in 2013 | Publishing ... | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Less than a month into the new year and we're already seeing some developments in the electronic textbook and learning materials space starting to take shape. In some cases trends in textbook publishing are already ...
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Required Reading? Really? - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Required Reading? Really? - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Some students will go to great lengths to avoid shelling out for a new textbook.
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Lots of work!!!  Let's make it easier!

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Emerging Technologies for Students: text, images, music, video | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students

Emerging Technologies for Students: text, images, music, video | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
See the Glog! Emerging Technologies for Students: text, images, music, video | Glogster EDU - 21st century multimedia tool for educators, teachers and students
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Digital Textbooks: Publishers and the Unrealized Promise : Publishing Perspectives

Digital Textbooks: Publishers and the Unrealized Promise : Publishing Perspectives | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Legacy publishers will say they can't produce high quality digital textbooks affordably, but that's not the issue. They don't want to, says competitor Flat World Knowledge.
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Watch now: Full Show | Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century | PBS Video

Digital Media takes viewers to the frontlines of an education revolution.
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"In a world of rapid change, the need to memorize something is a 20th century skill.  The need to navigate in a buzz of confusion and to figure out how to trust the information that you find ... if you can feel confident doing that, the world is yours."  John Seely Brown, Co-Chair, Deloitte Center for the Edge

"Literacy has always defined by the technology. Before the printing press, your ability to orally recite something meant to be literate. ... Is someone literate if they cannot critique media, take media in, if they're only taking in traditional text? ... [In] 2020, ... they won't necessarily be considered as being literate." Nichole Pinkard, Founder, Digital Youth Network.

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Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content - KQED (blog)

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Tips for Sharing Great Open Educational Content KQED (blog) But educators are focusing too heavily on acquiring content, rather than contributing and improving to it, according to a company that helps teachers and students access open education...
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Stout opens new chapter with e-textbook tryout - Leader-Telegram

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Stout opens new chapter with e-textbook tryout
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... opens new chapter with e-textbook tryout By UW-Stout News Bureau Leader-Telegram | 0 comments. MENOMONIE - UW-Stout is expanding its electronic textbook pilot project.
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New Why Online Textbooks Still Don't Work – Stephen's Lighthouse

New Why Online Textbooks Still Don't Work – Stephen's Lighthouse | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
It's the limits built into the e-textbooks by the publishers. In fact, FCPS's FAQ on the digital textbooks calls them what they really are: “online textbooks.” Even if schools could purchase cheaper e-readers for students lacking ...
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Digital Differentiation: Tools for 21st C Learners

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Via Scoop.it - Visual*~*RevolutionTechnology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develo...

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Update on Boundless Learning, and the 'open educational ...

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I've written before about Boundless Learning (see posts here and here), which is at the forefront of the “open educational resources” movement that is challenging the textbook cartel by providing low-cost or free content online ...
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Textbook costs increase as alternatives develop | The Miami Hurricane

Textbook costs increase as alternatives develop | The Miami Hurricane | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Lloyd refers to e-books, which have seen a recent boom. E-books accounted for more than 20 percent of all book spending in the second quarter of 2012, up 14 precent from the previous year, according to Publisher's Weekly.
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School District Dumps $2 Million 'Online Textbook' Program After Discovering ... - Techdirt

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School District Dumps $2 Million 'Online Textbook' Program After Discovering ...
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It's the limits built into the e-textbooks by the publishers.
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The Big Bang Theory Of The Cloud And Educational Resources - CloudTweaks News

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The Big Bang Theory Of The Cloud And Educational Resources
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The problem with these kinds of learning apps for a would-be virtual learner is that he or she should have to understand them first.
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Open-sourced 'flexbook' earns K-State educator national acclaim - K-State Collegian

Open-sourced 'flexbook' earns K-State educator national acclaim - K-State Collegian | Affordable Learning | Scoop.it
Open-sourced 'flexbook' earns K-State educator national acclaim K-State Collegian Brian Lindshield, assistant professor of human nutrition and undergraduate nutritional sciences adviser, was one of three nominees for the Education-Portal.com...
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