Will School Textbooks Finally Go Digital?

Will School Textbooks Finally Go Digital?

Textbooks – are they finally going digital? With the world in a ebook frenzy and with the costsof printing and not to mention the information changing in the textbooks – will they go digital?

Digital Text Books for Schools

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McGraw-Hill launched its first all-digital, cloud-based textbook for the K-12 market on Monday at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference. (source: Mashable)

School have lacked the hardware needed to deliver textbooks digitally. With the increasing amount of technology in the classroom – the shift from physical to digital textbook couldn’t come at a better time.

McGraw-Hill’s new format, CINCH, is a cloud-based curriculum for K-12 math and 7-12 science. It makes all course materials, which include ebooks, presentations, assessments and animation clips, available from any device with a browser. Students in a class can also participate in Facebook-like conversations that stay with the text. “We’re trying to meet students and teachers where they’re at digitally,” Stansell says.

McGraw-Hill will also be launching a new payment model with CINCH: schools will be charged for each student to use the textbooks on a yearly basis. It comes out to about the cost of a workbook for each student.

I don’t know about your kids, but my children gravitate towards computer learning. With the popularity of iPads, it could be a reality that rather than the bulky school backpacks that are kids are carrying are no longer. Our kids could carry everything they need in an iPad, but will the change happen? 

How Soon Do You Think The Switch From Physical Textbook to Digital Textbook Will Take?

Angry Birds Crochet Patterns DISCONTINUED… BOO!

Angry Birds Crochet Patterns DISCONTINUED… BOO!

While the world is busy downloading and loving Angry Birds, is Rovio going after small businesses for creating Angry Birds products?  I sure hope not!  Thanks to a heads up from a lovely reader – today I learned that the Angry Birds Crochet Patterns by the lovely Itsy Bitsy Spider have been DISCONTINUED.

Angry Birds Crochet Patterns

WAH!

It was a lot of fun while it lasted. I got to know people from all over the world and I got to share my patterns in a way that made people happy. But it’s over.

On Tuesday, I was asked to stop selling the Angry Birds patterns. I cannot get into the details, but suffice it to say that I stand to lose more than just my business if I continue. (more…)

Hanging With Friends App

Hanging With Friends App

hanging with friends app

Okay, you know when you find a great app and then want to tell the world about it. That’s happened. And of course its from someone who KNOWS how to make apps. From our friends at Zynga with Friends (yep, those people who created Words with Friends) – introducing the new highly ADDICTING iPhone App – Hanging With Friends!

Hanging with Friends is like a mash-up of Words with Friends and the classic Hang Man game. Except – Zynga has taken this a step farther! (more…)

Co-Parenting – Not Me. Not He. But We.

Co-Parenting – Not Me. Not He. But We.

First, I am going to preface this post with this… I am not claiming to be an expert! This is what works for OUR family. My hope is that this post will give you a take-away, what works for each, works for each…

I work full-time. My husband works full-time. We have 3, going on 4 kids. Life is BUSY, but we have found a secret sauce that works for us. In for our work life balance to jive – this is what we’ve learned to do.

Co-Parenting

Not me. Not he. But WE. A lot that I’ve read on co-parenting involves divorced parents and making that situation work. Our situation isn’t that. We’re happily married!

We both are 50/50 in regards to parenting. There are no defined roles in our relationship with our kids, other than I’m MOM and he’s DAD. While sure, I am more the nurturer (i’m a woman! but for a man, my husband is very endearing)- discipline, teaching and respect is something we both equally partake in. (more…)