From an Ingram Press Release:Â As students look for more ways to interact with digital textbooks, they are increasingly turning to smartphones and tablets powered by the AndroidÂ® operating system. To meet this demand, VitalSourceÂ®, the most-used e-textbook platform in the industry today announced the expansion of its mobile footprint with the addition of an e-textbook app for Android.
â€œWe are significantly expanding our mobile capabilities with our new Android app,â€ said Kent Freeman, Chief Operating Officer, Vital Source Technologies Inc. â€œAs a result, more content from the leaders in education publishing will reach more readers worldwide. Every student has a device and/or operating system preference, and we know that Android smart phones and tablets are becoming an important option.â€ Continue reading Ingram launches Android App for VitalSource e-textbook platform
Mother of Mercy High School in Cincinnati, Ohio recently announced that every student in Mercy’s Class of 2016 (entering this fall) will be issued their very own iPad as part of the school’s techKNOWLEDGEy program.Â I am particularly excited to report this news as I am a graduate of Mother of Mercy High School.
The school has done a great deal of research and preparation for the iPad launch.Â Teachers were issued iPads at the start of this school year, they have run pilot programs with teachers and students, and made use of an iPad cart (30 devices for classroom use).Â According to their website:
In preparation for our iPad-enhanced techknowledgey program, Mercy has already taken several key steps in preparing for a solid launch in the fall of 2012: Continue reading Ohio high school issues iPads for 2012-13 students
From a Feb. 14th press release:Â Ingramâ€™s Vital Source is now providing access to its leading e-textbook platform through Blackboard Learnâ„¢, one of the most used learning management systems. The Blackboard Building Blockâ„¢ for VitalSource gives institutions a comprehensive tool to implement digital textbooks for students in mobile, online and offline environments.
â€œWe are pleased the VitalSource platform will be available to all Blackboard Learn users worldwide, providing anytime, anywhere access to the content that educators and students use most,â€ said Kent Freeman, Chief Content Officer, Vital Source Technologies, Inc. â€œThe integration of Ingramâ€™s VitalSource platform into one of the most-used learning management systems will improve the experiences of millions of students worldwide.â€ Continue reading Ingram’s Vital Source e-textbook platform available through Blackboard Learn
Below is a summary of various news articles and related Apple sites discussing the Apple announcement today about digital textbooks.
General news articles:
No Shelf Required has been busy this past year exploring the many topics of eBooks and libraries. Â Very soon, two new publications will be available from ALA Publishing which share the No Shelf Required name. Â These new publications contain completely new content, expanding upon No Shelf Required: E-books in Libraries, ALA Editions, 2011. Details are below. Â For a complete list of NSR publications, please visit our publications page.
The first publication will be the No Shelf Required Guide to E-Book Purchasing. Â This guide will appear in the November/December (v. 47 n. 8)Â issue of Library Technology Reports (direct URL coming soon). Â Chapters and contributors in this double issue include: Continue reading No Shelf Required’s two new publications
Interesting article in today’s Inside Higher Ed about open educational resources. Â Here’s a clip from the article, written by Libby A. Nelson.
” Itâ€™s been less than a month since the U.S. Labor Department announcedÂ $500 million in grants for community colleges to develop job-training programs and make them free for other institutions to use, but the program is already facing a threat to its existence.
A provision in the proposedÂ House of Representatives budget for fiscal year 2012 would stop the federal government from using grant programs to develop new courses, learning materials or other related projects unless the labor secretary verifies that similar programs are not already available for purchase or â€œunder development.â€ Continue reading Shutting Down Open Resources (OERs)