Google is making it easier to bring Chromebooks into the classroom. There are more devices for schools to choose from and Google Play will include thousands of digital textbooks.
Google has launched a digital textbooks section of the Play store. So far, the section has fewer textbooks available than Amazon or Barnes & Noble, but the selection should increase over time.
Boston-based Boundless, which creates “textbook alternatives” from open-source content, is launching a $19.99 interactive textbook that it says gives students a more structured approach to studying.
Google will start selling and renting digital textbooks through the Play store next month, in a move that could help it compete against Amazon’s Kindle textbook business.
New Corp.’s education division Amplify is getting into the gaming business with the roll out of more than 30 tablet-based games meant to help middle school students improve language arts, science and math skills.
As the availability and awareness of open educational resources grows, educators and open-content publishers are experimenting with hackathon-style content collaborations among subject-matter experts to create high school and college textbooks over the course of a few weekends.
In the past year, leading technology companies have made big strides in bringing tablet computers into classrooms across the country. But while the availability of new devices is certainly critical, the successful transition to digital textbooks relies on many interconnected factors.
With the launch of Whispercast, a new service for purchasing and managing content across a fleet of devices, Amazon is ramping up its competition against Apple in the education market.
Universities are in a great position to deliver a mobile platform to their students, but too many are doing it all wrong (if they’re doing anything at all). Mehdi Maghsoodnia, CEO of education technology company Rafter, looks at the roadblocks and the advantages to embracing mobile technology on campus.
BenchPrep, a Chicago-based startup that offers interactive online courses for test preparation, is moving to a subscription-based business model, which could help it better access institutional customers, such as universities, community colleges and public libraries.