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How to Create an eBook The Open Source Way

August 9, 2013

by Bryan Behrenshausen, first published on OpenSource.Com, licensed with CC BY-SA Astute readers will have noticed that we’ve begun publishing our “Open Voices” eBooks in the ePub format. Now, some of our best essays and interviews are available as lightweight and portable files, and can be read on any electronic reading device that supports this open standard. And… Read More ›


Inclusive Learning Design to Rescue One-Size-Fits-All Flipped Classrooms (#OER)

In a world going digital, the accessbility of content does not seem to be a problem, right? Wrong! Many digital materials are NOT matching to different learners!  Watching videos is worse than reading paper books ? Does one-size-fits-all happen in the filpped classrooms? Yes, if teachers think it’s all about watching videos at home…. Video content… Read More ›

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6 Major Recommendations for K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age

Founded in the fall of 2001, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association serving, supporting, and representing US state and territorial educational technology leadership. SETDA works in partnership with like-minded individuals and organizations as a forum for inter-state collaboration, cooperation, and best practices. To help the transition into digital textbook, through SETDA’s report : Out… Read More ›

Learning Content in the 3-5 Year Horizon

This slide deck is from the Next Is Now webinar delivered by Dr. Rob Reynolds on April 25, 2012. In his presentation, Rob explores key Internet trends affecting education, and makes projections regarding the future of learning technology and learning content. More reading: The Shift to Touch Will Introduce Major Changes in Education Flat World… Read More ›

The History of Education and Textbooks [Infographic]

by Jessica Owen, Boundless ( To understand where we’re heading in education and edtech, it’s important to look back at our educational roots. As we searched for some of most memorable moments and discoveries in the history of education, we found there are lots of things that haven’t changed in hundreds of years! The groundwork for clunky, physical… Read More ›

8 Exemplary Open Textbooks and The Meaning Beyond Bringing Cost Down

For decades, college students have been exploited by publishers of introductory textbooks. But thing are changing, now there are several organizations bringing open textbooks to students., OpenStax College, Free High School Science Textbooks , BioQUEST, The Math Open Reference, Utah Open Textbook Project, Open Math, and Open Source Physics are only to name a few. More open textbooks information can be found in this… Read More ›

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Re-imagine Education – Learning from Scientists Directly

About one year ago, as Apple announced its interest in digital textbook market, WIRED had an article which might not raise your awareness : Digital Textbooks Go Straight From Scientists to Students. Duke University’s Cachalot app, a novel digital textbook is designed for students enrolled in Duke’s Marine Megafauna class, but free for everyone, everywhere. Johnston, who… Read More ›

Why are Textbooks Bad for Education?

This post written by Justin Marquis Ph.D. was first published on : Why are Textbooks Bad for Education? An interesting video in the Edutopia “Big Thinkers” series, featuring my first faculty mentor at Indiana University, Sasha Barab, the leader of the Quest Atlantis project and now the Pinnacle West Presidential Chair in Teacher Education at Arizona State University is… Read More ›

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The Best E-Texts (App) Created by Academics

Rowe, professor of English at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and Elliott Visconsi, associate professor of English at Notre Dame, have co-designed The Tempest iPad app, they re-imagined reading. Jennifer Funk gave this story a write-up here (edcetera). “We’ve made the text manipulatable,” Rowe says. “We’ve said, ‘You can get your hands inside this electronic text in any way… Read More ›

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Free and Open Versions of Flat World Knowledge Texts

by Sean Connor, published on : now hosts free and open versions of Flat World Knowledge texts We are very pleased to announce that all Flat World Knowledge textbooks published under an open license are permanently and freely available from — free to read, free to download, free to share and remix under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA… Read More ›

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Writing Textbooks at The Push of A Button

The first novel written by a computer has already been published four years ago. The future of content is increasingly becoming the stuff of science fiction. Not so sure? You must read this post from PATENTED BOOK WRITING SYSTEM CREATES, SELLS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF BOOKS ON AMAZON. Philip M. Parker, Professor of Marketing at INSEAD Business… Read More ›

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What Makes Disruptive Digital Textbooks?

Free Textbooks Spell Disruption for College Publishers – this is how Technology Review talked about Boundless Learning, a Boston company that has begun giving away free electronic textbooks covering college subjects like American history, anatomy and physiology, economics, and psychology. Ariel Diaz started this company in 2011. What’s controversial is how Boundless creates these texts. The company trawls… Read More ›

California Passes Groundbreaking Open Textbook Legislation

by Timothy Vollmer, It’s official. In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills (SB 1052 and SB 1053) that will provide for the creation of free, openly licensed digital textbooks for the 50 most popular lower-division college courses offered by California colleges. The legislation was introduced by Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and passed by the… Read More ›

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Ten Elements of the Post-Textbook World

This is a guest post –  “Welcome to the Post Textbook World: Ten Elements”  – from  Tom Vander Ark. It was originally published on Getting Smart, where he wrote about his deep investigation on this topic. ***** A friend asked about Jay Mathew’s post on textbooks. I thought the rear view mirror critique of a process to pick… Read More ›

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The Ultimate Hack – Re-coding Textbooks

Rob Reynolds just started his next book: “The Ultimate Hack: Re-coding Textbooks and Other Learning Content“. He will be posting drafts of all the chapters on his site, both the drafts and final product will be open and free. What’s the hacker culture to do with re-engineering textbooks that will work for the future? The digital containers to… Read More ›

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Digital Textbooks from Educators

We’ve talked about “Why don’t Teachers Publish Their Own Textbooks ? (K12)” with lots of examples of teachers building curricula, and “Growing Your Textbooks by Thinking Outside The Box” is a broader view about the relationship of learning content and learners. We always appreciate the insights from educators, like this post from Learning and Teaching with iPad. Educators becoming creators has… Read More ›

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OER Initiatives and the Vision from Maine

A study of kindergarteners in Auburn, Maine has shown that students who use iPads score better in every literacy test than those who don’t. We’ve discussed this here: “Do iPads Really Improve Learning? Did you Miss Anything?”  The district has been working for a number of years on improving its early literacy efforts. That has involved extensive… Read More ›

You know OER is on the right track when the Secretary of Education said “OER matters”

Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education and the Open Society Institute announce the launch of the Why Open Education Matters Video Competition (CC Blog Post). The submission deadline is June 5, 2012, and the prizes include $25,000 (first), $5,000 (second), and $1,000 (Public Choice Award). You know OER is on the right track when the Secretary of Education said… Read More ›


Thought Provoking Sparks from SXSWEdu 2012

SXSWedu in Austin, Texas this week brought many innovative ideas to the forefront of discussion. If you need a quick catch on the trending topics, 6 Leading Trends at SXSWedu (from Sarah Cargill) is for you. According to 360KID, there are close to 10,000 tweets around this event. For the most thought provoking sparks (from… Read More ›

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Will OpenSource Concepts Define Education in 21st Century?

This insightful article about open source education is by Thomas J. Hanson. – with 31 years in education, Tom had retired after six years as a school superintendent. Now Thomas is the chief editor of Open This post is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. ***** Eliminating Control – Mark Pesce on the potential of a shared and connected, opensource educational… Read More ›

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What Do iPad Textbooks Mean to Education ?

Apple announced new moves about digital textbooks last month, including iPad textbook – iBooks 2, free authoring tool – iBooks Author. What’s the meaning to education? Will Apple revolutionize the ways we learn and teach? This is an infographic “iPads vs Textbooks” from OnlineTeachingDegree.

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18 Stories of iPads in Education

No doubt, iPads have been changing many classrooms the ways of teaching and learning. Do you like to learn some real stories of using iPads in education? Check out this post composed by with 18 stories! ***** You know from experience that when you enjoy a subject, learning about that subject is easier, more fun, and… Read More ›

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Growing Your Textbooks by Thinking Outside The Box

It’s a Digital World, Why not Digital Textbook ? Now the answer is loud and clear. In this old post we briefly reviewed some stories about digital textbooks, and one of the viewpoints is definitely worth re-visiting : Some Resources For Moving Beyond Textbooks (by Patrick Larkin, from Connected Principals) “I think it is also important that we do not… Read More ›

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Thoughts from Working with iBooks Author

Apple’s new movement in educational technology has drawn much attention in the past several days after announced, thearguments and discussion are still ongoing (link to on this topic follow-up). According to Mashable reported yesterday, users have downloaded more than 350,000 textbooks in three days. Apple announced on its quarterly earnings call this afternoon(Jan.24th) that iBooks Author had seen 600,000 downloads, and iTunes U has… Read More ›

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Why don’t Teachers Publish Their Own Textbooks ? (K12)

We would like to start this topic with this post “The Page is Dead! Long Live Curriculum“(from 2 cents worth) and share its strong perspective about “digital textbooks”, this is also what we believe as always. The transition into adoption of etextbooks is actually aiming a higher goal than just bringing cost down. We should… Read More ›

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Moving forward to Digital Classrooms

These are some reports updating all about the digital textbook program and one-to-one initiatives in classrooms lately. NC state edtech research on laptop initiatives in 6 states (Published on March 15, 2011) is a summary of research on Laptop initiatives across six states, including Florida’s Leveraging Laptops, Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI), North Carolina’s 1:1 Learning Technology Initiative (NCLTI),… Read More ›

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Infographic about Digital Education

This is an infographic with statistics about digital education : industry revenue, digital content, personalized learning, online learning and online teacher tools … etc. Can you imagine the future classrooms ? The internet and digital technologies are poised to transform our education system.

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It’s a Digital World, so Why not Digital Textbooks ?

We live in a digital world. Look back on the history of digital cameras replacing traditional cameras–no one will ask why it happened, it just did. E-books on e-readers had already drawn much attention and, of course, market share from paper books in these past years.The internet, delivering information and knowledge in thousands of ways… Read More ›

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The Best Answers on “What is Digital Classroom ?”

What is a digital classroom ? Digital curriculum might be your first thought. What’s the whole picture ? We don’t need technology for the sake of technology. We need technology only if it helps teaching. So we like to share the best answers from the following quotes. These are 10 points to consider when transforming towards digital curriculum from Michael Gorman, including… Read More ›

“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will understand.” -------- Chinese Wisdom "Games are the most elevated form of investigation." -------- Albert Einstein
"I'm calling for investments in educational technology that will help create digital tutors that are as effective as personal tutors, educational software as compelling as the best video game," President Barack Obama said while touring a tech-focused Boston school (year 2011).