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Morning Roundup: Internet filtering limits students. Hugo memberships still available
June 27, 2014 | 9:00 am

internet filteringHugo Membership: The Best Way to Spend $42.34 (Book Riot) You are about to learn about a secret way to buy 5 great books at once, along with 5 novellas, 5 novellettes, 4 short stories and a heap of magazines and artwork, for just $42.34*. *** Amazon Introduces Four New Kindle Worlds From Romance Novelists (The Digital Reader) Four romance authors are now inviting submissions from writers, including Barbara Freethy, Bella Andre, H.M. Ward, and Lucy Kevin. *** US Publishing Industry Earned $27.01B in Net Revenues Last Year (GalleyCat) The US book publishing industry generated $27.01 billion in net revenue in 2013, selling 2.59 billion units, according...

High school reading 2.0
June 23, 2014 | 4:25 pm

reading on a tabletI've been sitting on this fabulous post from Book Riot for a few days because I wasn't sure I was smart enough to respond to it. The several contributors, all Book Riot regulars, pose an intriguing question: what contemporary books would you add to the high school reading curriculum to round out the classics-laden choices being taught already? As a book-lover---and a teacher---I have struggled at times with the question of what the high school English curriculum should do. I was horrified when my then-16-year-old brother told me his class had foregone the original Shakespeare in favour of a graphic novel...

Morning Roundup: Google Play Books in Norway but without local titles. Amazon’s dramatic shift and more
June 18, 2014 | 9:00 am

Google Play Books logoGoogle Play Books May Have Launched in Norway, But You Can't Find Norwegian Books There (The Digital Reader) Google may have launched a local Play Books store in Norway a couple weeks ago but they did so without few local titles. *** Amazon's Dramatic Shift (Futurebook) Amazon is seeking a ‘dramatic’ shift in terms, according to Hachette Livre chief executive Arnaud Nourry. *** Teachers Surveyed on Using Games in the Classroom (Teachers with Apps) Although technology in the classroom is evolving from computers to tablets, a new survey from the Games and Learning Publishing Council highlights that the use of games in the classroom is becoming more...

Education, Back to Basics Style?
June 12, 2014 | 2:28 pm

educationI've posted a lot of articles this year about technology in education---my own school has iPads, MacBooks, SMARTboards and other gadgets, all of which we have a mandate to use as often as possible and integrate into our lessons. I have written at length about the difficulties we have upgrading and maintaining these technologies, training teachers to use them effectively, and deploying them to maximum effect with such a large group of kids. So it's been a little surprising---and bemusing---to me to see a groundswell lately in favour of a more back-to-basics style. It seems that more and more teachers are...

Cory Doctorow fights high school censorship with 200 copies of Little Brother
June 6, 2014 | 1:16 pm

littlebrotherOn BoingBoing, Cory Doctorow writes about a high school in Pensacola, Florida that had been scheduled to have his novel Little Brother in its summer reading program until the principal put his foot down. In an email conversation with Ms Griffith, the principal cited reviews that emphasized the book's positive view of questioning authority, lauding "hacker culture", and discussing sex and sexuality in passing. He mentioned that a parent had complained about profanity (there's no profanity in the book, though there's a reference to a swear word). In short, he made it clear that the...

LeVar Burton discusses Reading Rainbow TV show cancelation, plans for Kickstarter
June 5, 2014 | 12:49 pm

The Reading Rainbow Kickstarter has reached about $3.5 million, and the velocity of increase has slowed considerably. I still think it has the potential to make 10 if it does well over the course of the month, especially when it gets the end-of-Kickstarter boost. But even if it makes its $5 million stretch goal, that will be something. LeVar Burton has been interviewed by Think Progress, and he took the opportunity to dispel a few rumors about why the show was canceled, and discuss how the show originally got started and how the money from the Kickstarter will be...

LeVar Burton launches Reading Rainbow Kickstarter, fully funds in less than twelve hours
May 28, 2014 | 8:55 pm

LeVar_RR_bio.largeTake a look, it’s in a book. The Verge ran a story today that LeVar Burton has launched a $1 million Kickstarter with the goal of bringing Reading Rainbow to the web, to reach kids across the globe. It’s already available for Android and iPad, but not all kids or schools have access to those devices, or the $60 per year the subscription costs. In addition to putting it on the web, Burton wants to create a version for teachers to use in the classroom, and to set up a not-for-profit organization to make it available for free to low-income schools. The...

The education world has gone tablet-crazy!
May 28, 2014 | 3:25 pm

tabletA report crossed my in-box the other day via the usually reliable Teachers with Apps blog. It promised to inform me on 'education trends I need to know about' and said it would highlight data from around the world. Sounds good, right? Well, I'll save you reading the whole thing and sun it up thusly: everybody loves tablets. Americans, Indians, Japanese, Swiss---everybody. They love tablets. They want tablets. Tablets are the future of education. I'm not sure what to make of it. I think there needs to be some maturation of the group management options before that happens. I am still...

Did Michael Gove really veto U.S. literature for UK GCSEs?
May 28, 2014 | 10:25 am

mockingbirdUK Education Secretary Michael Gove is not the most popular man, or even minister, in Britain. Indeed, some openly revile him. But there is still some doubt as to whether he really is guilty of trying to remove some U.S. literary classics from the GCSE English literature syllabus, as the Sunday Times claimed, declaring that: "classic works such as To Kill A Mockingbird are being dropped from English GCSEs because Michael Gove, the education secretary, wants teenagers to focus on works by British writers, it emerged yesterday. As well as the Harper Lee novel, American texts including Of Mice And...

Morning Roundup: Retail may be B&N salvation. The myth that no one buys new writers and more
May 12, 2014 | 9:00 am

B&NTextbook Publisher Backs Down, Won't Force Students to Return Paper Textbook (The Digital Reader) A couple days later Aspen responded to the protests with a clarification. They insist that their attempt to take rights away from students was merely one of the options a student will have for buying the next edition. *** How Do We Address the Continuing Problem of Inadequate and Deceptive Publishing Practices? (The Scholarly Kitchen) For 20 years, scholarly publishing has been responding to what some term “the digital revolution.” Promising an end to scarcity and delays, the technocrats — and I count myself as among these to a point...

Storium enters last day of Kickstarter with educational version fully funded
May 8, 2014 | 4:14 am

storiumfinalIt’s the last day of Storium’s Kickstarter, and at the moment it’s raised over $212,000. This puts it well past the $200,000 goal to create a version specifically tailored for educational uses. At the rate Storium had been picking up new users until the last couple of days, I hadn’t expected it to make it. But it has, and I’m really happy about it. This is a product I’m already using, and that I firmly believe in. A lot of big names have stepped up to offer up worlds to play in. Those include official adaptations of Steve Jackson...

Storium Kickstarter turns writing into a game, seeks to fund educational version
May 2, 2014 | 3:17 am

With under a week left on the Kickstarter, I wanted to go into more detail about Storium, a slick, well-constructed web-based system for moderated play-by-post storytelling gaming that I first mentioned a few days ago. With $129,000 kicked in so far out of a $25,000 goal, it's definitely getting funded. But unlike most Kickstarters, you can actually start using it right now—pledging at least $10 gets you access to the beta, even if you later decide to cancel the pledge. The way it works is that you've got a narrator and several players, and a system of...