Sunday, March 11, 2012

Episode 12 Podcast - Digital Textbooks

The State of Tech - Episode 12 - "Digital Text Books"

Summary: In this episode we talk about digital textbooks including the benefits, challenges, and resources for moving away from printed textbooks, with a focus on alternatives to commercial products including free, open-source digital textbooks, teacher-made textbooks, and student-made textbooks.

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Show Notes (click "Read more" to see full show notes if they are not already displayed below.)
  • Google Apps for Education Ohio Summit - May 10th at the Columbus Convention Center. Featuring hands-on labs, national speakers, representatives from Google, exhibitors, and Ohio educators sharing their experiences. Registration is now open: Link. Call for presenters open: Link.
Awesome Thing of the Week
  • Sean: Greplin - Search through all of your online content collectively from Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Reader, Twitter, Facebook, and many more. Free iOS app and Chrome Extension will allow you to access your Greplin content anywhere. Link
  • Eric C: Lucidchart - Free online concept web tool, similar to Inspiration and Kidspiration. Also integrates with Google Apps. Main site -, Google Apps for Ed install - Link
  • Eric G: YouTube EDU - YouTube for Schools provides schools access to hundreds of thousands of free educational videos from YouTube EDU. These videos come from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED as well as from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views, like Khan Academy, Steve Spangler Science and Numberphile. - Link
  • Gregg A: CK-12 beta ( and Edsurge beta (
Main Topic - Digital Textbooks

Useful Links:

  • Apple's iPad Textbooks Cost 5x More Than Print -  Link
  • How to Create Your Own Textbook — With or Without Apple - Link
  • The Present and Future of Digital Textbooks - Link
  • iPads vs. Textbooks Infographic - Link
  • 2 New Platforms Offer Alternatives to Apple’s Textbook-Authoring Software - Link
  • How to Write Your First Book in iBooks Author - Link
Discovering content:
Collecting content:
Creating content:
Creating digital textbooks:
Next episode:
  • Date: March 24, 2012 - Topic: Google Chromebooks
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