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Malden schools launch new tech literacy program

The Malden Public Schools, in Mass., are aiming to promote early childhood literacy with a new software platform. Titled Footsteps2Brilliance, the program will allow all Malden students access to a library of talking e-books and educational games through smart phones, tablets, and computers.

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Textbook publishers revamp e-books to fight used market

Increasingly, publishers like Pearson Plc and McGraw-Hill Education are turning to a new model: Creating online versions of their texts, often loaded with interactive features, and selling students access codes that expire at semester's end.

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ASCD Publishing launches new short-format books/e-books imprint—ASCD Arias

ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, and the publisher of more than 40 education books a year, is launching a short-format imprint with the debut of its first four ASCD Arias™ professional development publications.

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Southeast Kansas school district going all-digital

A small, southeast Kansas school district whose superintendent became a true believer after visiting an Illinois school is doing away with textbooks and paper tests in favor of all-digital instruction.

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Does the school library have a future in the digital age?

The concept of a school library in a digital age is challenging. With the capacity to download books onto a range of digital devices, there is every possibility the library could look superfluous to youngsters growing up today. Why would you want to visit a room which is essentially about storage and distribution?

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N.H. Schools Stocking Their Virtual Shelves With E-books

E-books are now selling more copies than hardbound, print books, and the average public library e-book collection has expanded by 55 percent in 2010 and 75 percent in 2011.

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McGraw Hill Exec: iPad Mini May not be Best for Education

Amid the unveiled alongside the iPad Mini at an event on Tuesday, CEO Tim Cook also brought up Apple’s leading role in education, highlighting the fact that the older full-size iPad had already been adopted by 2,500 classrooms around the U.S. in the two and a half years since it was first introduced.

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What Are You Doing for Banned Books Week?

Sept. 30 - Oct. 6 is Banned Books Week and libraries from Maine to Oregon are celebrating the 30th anniversary of our freedom to read.

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Apple Reinvigorates a Focus on E-learning

Jill Duffy of PCMag.com may have said it best: "Apple brings a spotlight with it everywhere it goes, and people pay attention to anything caught in its glow."

Rumors of the new and improved iBooks application began swirling weeks before Apple's anticipated announcement on Jan. 19, but perhaps no one was expecting the tidal wave of media coverage that proclaimed the company's venture into the textbook industry to be the Holy Grail of K12 learning. After all, iPads are hardly new, nor are their netbook predecessors or online learning material, for that matter.

An Unconventional Approach to 1:1

Andy Berning, Director of Technology, Carrollton-Farmers Branch (Texas) ISD.

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