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Publisher Update on Next Generation Science Standards

During a March 1 webinar hosted by AAP School Division and AEP, Stephen Pruitt, VP of Content, Research, and Development for Achieve, gave publishers and content developers an update on the Next Generation Science Standards. The goal of the standards is to create a science curriculum rich in content and practice, internationally benchmarked, that provides students with the structure and goals they need to become science literate in the modern era. While the standards are not yet available for public viewing, Pruitt reiterated the desire of Achieve, the National Research Council (NRC), and everyone involved in creating the standards to ensure that publishers and content developers are partners in the process, fostering the creation of appropriate and high quality resources to support the new standards. Continue reading ‘Publisher Update on Next Generation Science Standards’


Report Projects Growth for K-12 Learning Resource Market

The newly released Complete K-12 Report: 2012 from Education Market Research examines trends ranging from school enrollment to money spent on professional development to alignment with Common Core Standards. With all of these influences factored in, though, the K-12 market still appears to be on track for growth in the upcoming school year.


iBooks 2 Impacts Distribution Model But Content Is Still Key

On January 26 Aptara held a webinar on Apple’s iBooks 2 announcement and how it could affect educational publishers. While the speakers were excited about the technology in iBooks 2 and its potential impact on learning resources, the speakers were also quick to point out that iBooks 2 is another distribution model. They emphasized that the value of instructional materials comes from the content, created and curated by professional publishers. Continue reading ‘iBooks 2 Impacts Distribution Model But Content Is Still Key’

Analysts Ponder the Impact of Apple’s iBooks 2

On January 19 Apple announced the release of iBooks 2, including textbooks for the iPad, and the free authoring tool IBook Author. While the learning resource industry sorts out the impact, here are some views from around the web.

  • Development Costs: While Peter Kafka, who live blogged the announcement, appreciated the elegance of the sample textbooks presented and the possibilities for creating a new kind of e-book, he also issued cautions about the development price tag: “…someone needs to figure out how to pay for a system where you can build all this new cool digital stuff, while you continue to publish your old paper-and-ink products. After some initial experiments, most magazine guys have retreated to more or less republishing the existing product, with a few bells and whistles.” (“Apple Unveils iPad Textbook Plan,” All Things Considered) Continue reading ‘Analysts Ponder the Impact of Apple’s iBooks 2’

What Is Innovation in Education?

Pop Quiz

Which one is an innovation in educational resources?

a.     A teacher guide that presents strategies on using Response to Intervention as a framework for supporting English language learners

b.    A pen that simultaneously records everything a person hears and writes, making it possible for students and teachers to easily revisit classroom instruction and meetings

c.    A panoramic camera that captures classroom lessons and publishes videos to an online management systems for users to collaboratively view, share, and comment on

d.    A curriculum program, aimed at special needs and at-risk youth, that develops everyday vocabulary students will need to know to be successful in the real world Continue reading ‘What Is Innovation in Education?’

10 Mobile Learning Trends for 2012

“Mobile” has sufficiently cemented itself among the buzzwords of 2012. Here’s a look at top trends and predictions for mobile learning in 2012 from industry analysts.

  1. Increased proliferation of tablet and smartphones in the market, forcing schools to relent and allow devices into schools. (In 2011 40% of teens had a smartphone.)
  2. Improved broadband access to account for increased mobile tech use.
  3. A surge in “bring your own device” (and the need to accommodate for it) in schools as students use their own mobile tech for school and home learning. Continue reading ’10 Mobile Learning Trends for 2012′

Revamping the AEP Awards for 21st Century Learning Resources

It’s no secret that the educational resource industry has undergone—and is still in the midst of— profound and quickening change. One need look no further than the rise of individualized learning or the growth of digital resources to see the evolution taking place in the way teachers teach and students learn. It only makes sense that the longest-running and most highly regarded recognition program for learning resources should also be updated.

The AEP Awards honor resources that educate or support education and the most creative and effective marketing in the industry. Since the first Golden Lamp was awarded in 1967, the Educational Press Association—now AEP—has been the champion for quality educational materials in all media, promoting exemplars of excellence and innovation to the education community and the general public.

This year, the AEP Awards Committee determined that major updates were needed to ensure that the Awards continue to be meaningful and relevant, recognizing the challenges, needs, and innovations of education in the 21st Century—without sacrificing standards of quality and excellence. Continue reading ‘Revamping the AEP Awards for 21st Century Learning Resources’

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