Education

Ebooks Are Not the Answer to a Literacy Crisis
March 28, 2016 at 1:13 pm

When librarian Jennifer Nelson arrives at the tiny library at Crewe Primary School each morning, she is confronted with a cart of first-generation iPads. The detritus of attempts to infuse technology into one of the poorest and most rural schools in Virginia, the tablets are hopelessly obsolete, worth little more than the cart on which…

What Amazon's OER Platform Means for Education Publishers
March 28, 2016 at 10:33 am

One topic of discussion at Digital Book World earlier this month was the degree to which the “Big 4” technology companies -- Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google -- are setting the agenda for what happens in the publishing industry. In the K-12 sector of the industry, however, it has seemed -- until recently -- that…

Press Release: O'Reilly Media Debuts New Learning Platform Oriole Online Tutorials
March 22, 2016 at 1:46 pm

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. — March 21, 2016 — O'Reilly Media introduces Oriole Online Tutorials, a unique new medium that blends code, data, text, and video into a narrated learning experience with computable content. Oriole Online Tutorials run on HTML pages driven by Jupyter notebooks. "There are people who learn by reading, there are people who learn…

Press Release: Scholastic Leaps into Summer Reading with 2016 Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge and Nationwide Reading Road Trip
March 21, 2016 at 2:27 pm

NEW YORK – March 21, 2016 – Scholastic (NASDAQ: SCHL), the global children’s publishing, education and media company, is ramping up its Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge campaign to help kids take a “summer leap” into books. Research shows that when kids read more books over the summer, they perform better at school in the fall.…

Press Release: Wiley Announces Partnership with IT Learning Platform ITPro.TV
March 10, 2016 at 2:51 pm

HOBOKEN, N.J. – March 8, 2016 – Wiley today announces a partnership between online IT learning and certification preparation platform ITPro.TV and the technical literature imprint, Sybex. This venture enables Sybex, one of the world’s oldest and most respected publishers of technology certification texts, to provide more interactive digital options alongside the educational books sold.…

B&N Education to Shutter Yuzu Platform
March 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Barnes & Noble Education took a $12 million impairment charge in its third quarter to reflect the restructuring of its digital operations. As part of overhauling that part of its business, B&NE is closing its Yuzu digital educational platform and will replace it with a longterm agreement signed with Ingram’s VitalSource and the purchase of…

How Clearleft Created Penguin Random House’s Website
March 3, 2016 at 2:15 pm

Penguin Random House started life as the world’s largest English language publisher after £2.4 billion merger in 2013 and has since launched two new websites – one aimed at consumers and one at the corporate world. We chat to the founder and managing director of Brighton-based design agency Clearleft, Andy Budd, about how they created…

Cengage Continues Down Edtech Path, Unveils Remedial Math Software
March 2, 2016 at 1:39 pm

Education’s ongoing shift toward digital content and learning experiences has pushed entrenched textbook publishers to try to reinvent themselves as software companies. Boston-based Cengage Learning, one of those industry stalwarts, seems to be making progress on that transformation. CEO Michael Hansen projects that digital products will make up the majority of Cengage’s revenue within two…