Education

The Future of Educational Technology: How Edtech Is Still Ignoring its Biggest Market
August 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

Educational technology is booming. Technology is helping to redefine how we learn, obtain skills, and get credentialed. That value proposition has captured public attention and attracted record amounts of venture capital funding. But the vision for edtech is, and should be, much broader. After all, the education market serves not only to instruct but also…

Curation Nation: Thoughts on the Future of Textbooks
August 15, 2016 at 11:27 am

Of late, much of my time (and that of others) has been spent thinking through the evolution of ebooks. Yesterday, a colleague I work with, Peter Krautzberger — who heads up the MathJax initiative — pointed me to an informative, if poorly written, post by Robin Good. It was entitled Textbooks Show Aging Signs: Curated…

Press Release: Barnes & Noble Education Extends Relationship with OpenStax
August 11, 2016 at 10:26 am

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. & HOUSTON — August 9, 2016 — Barnes & Noble Education, Inc. (NYSE:BNED), one of the largest contract operators of bookstores on college and university campuses across the United States and a leading provider of digital education services, today announced it will extend its current relationship with OpenStax, a Rice University-based nonprofit…

Press Release: CliffsNotes Gets Personal; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and BenchPrep Partner on Digital Learning Solutions for High School and College Students
August 9, 2016 at 12:14 pm

BOSTON — August 9, 2016 — Global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and BenchPrep, a digital learning platform company, today announced the availability of new personalized digital learning solutions for the iconic CliffsNotes®study guide series. Leveraging CliffsNotes’® trusted content and BenchPrep’s dynamic platform experience, HMH will now provide test preparation and subject review guides…

Press Release: Elsevier Launches Mobile-First Personalized Education Platform
July 29, 2016 at 1:48 pm

ST. LOUIS — July 28, 2016 — Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, has launched Sherpath, a first-of-its-kind nursing and allied health, adaptive and mobile-first education platform focused on improving student outcomes. "As digital learners, healthcare students now require shorter and more targeted, media-rich content accessible on their…

Revenues Up for Children's, YA & Education Publishers; Overall Trade Declines
July 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

Washington, DC - Publishers’ revenues were up Feb. 2016, compared to Feb. 2015. Despite gains in Children's/YA Books and Religious Presses, a decline in Adult Books meant an overall decline for Trade books of 0.9% Feb. 2016 vs. Feb. 2015 and 8.2% year-to-date vs. 2015.  Also within trade, downloaded audio and print formats continued to…

Press Release: Ingram Introduces Ingram Academic Services
July 26, 2016 at 1:03 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — July 26, 2016 — Ingram Content Group through Ingram Publisher Services announces the launch of Ingram Academic Services, a service customized for university presses and academic publishers. The first joint initiative following Ingram’s acquisition of Perseus’ distribution businesses, Ingram Academic Services offers distinguished resources, tools and services to help university presses and…

In OER-Driven World Education Publishers Must Focus on Instructional Design
July 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

In an earlier blog post I made the statement that in the age of open education resources (OER), curation, not content, will be king. My thesis was that the sheer abundance of available content -- some produced by for-profit publishers and some from other sources -- reduces its value. The real providers of value, I…

How Do We Know When Technology Helps—or Hurts—the Classroom? Educators at ISTE Weigh In
June 30, 2016 at 1:22 pm

“We dropped over $10,000 last year on a math product, but I’m not sure if it’s really helped our students learn.” Sound familiar? Over the past few years, “efficacy” has entered the edtech lexicon as a word commonly used to reference whether or not edtech is driving student learning. But as educators and edtech companies…

HMH & Pearson Dive into Virtual Reality Curriculum with Google Expeditions
June 30, 2016 at 12:02 pm

This week both Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson announced partnerships with Google Expeditions, a program that allows teachers to take their students on virtual field trips using Google Cardboard. Since Google Expeditions launched in September 2015, over one million students from 11 different countries have taken virtual field trips. Now both HMH and Pearson are…