Technology

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…

Technology Is Not the Death of Deep Reading
August 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

Last month, National Public Radio (NPR) announced a new reason for bibliophiles to celebrate. In an article about publishers returning to serialized fiction, Serial Box Publishing Co-Founder Julian Yap reiterates an all-too-common argument for why most Americans — three quarters of us, according to an Associated Press-Ipsos poll — don’t read books: not enough time.…

Augmented Reality Can Unlock the Magic Hidden in Bookstores
August 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

Augmented Reality is by no means the newest (technology) kid on the block. Though it seems that we’re only now tapping into its true potential – to enable us to connect in a more immersive way with the world, brands, and with each other. New Augmented Reality (AR) businesses are popping up everyday. Blippar for…

Mastering Change in Book Publishing
August 3, 2016 at 2:34 pm

Change has always been a constant in the publishing business, and of course change is a natural state in all of our lives. What’s different today is that change is occurring faster than it ever has before. Carolyn Pittis, director of Welman Digital, pointed out at the Yale Publishing Course on Monday, that the Agricultural…

Amazon Extends Its Dominance with Audible Channels
July 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

Even though they’re gaining momentum I’ve never been a big fan of audiobooks. Amazon, of course, owns the market with both Audible and Brilliance. Although it didn’t receive a lot fanfare last week, Audible introduced one of the most interesting and long overdue services that I’ve seen in a long time. I’m talking about Audible…

Litsy App Brings Bookish Conversations to Life Online
July 5, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Litsy is a social community app that some have described as the “Instagram” of the book world. The goal of the iOS app is to fuel book-related conversations through visual, 300-character posts which users tag to a specific book. Litsy users can follow their favorite authors, share book quotes, and more easily discover their next…

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…

Intellogo Brings Machine Learning to Book Recommendations
June 29, 2016 at 2:05 pm

While the technology industry is abuzz with new opportunities created by advances in artificial intelligence -- from intelligent web search to voice recognition -- book publishing has yet to feel the full impact of AI. Neil Balthaser intends to change that through his machine learning software Intellogo. Intellogo uses technology that can analyze and understand…