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Can teachers improve the outcomes of their students if they leverage the power of the internet? A new partnership between ed-Web and ilearnOhio has resulted in an e-learning platform that connects Ohio teachers with educators, resources, and learning management systems.

The new online community shares the goals of teachers in improving classroom outcomes,
said Kevin Holtsberry of ilearnOhio.

Social Media

The combined platform offers the social media elements of edWeb. This online community is a starting place for educators to build online relationships. The platform is “a place where teachers can go to network and interact and get feedback without the distractions of other social networking platforms that may not be focused on what they need,” said Holtsberry.

Learning Management

The learning management elements of the system are provided by ilearnOhio, an e-learning platform funded by the Ohio General Assembly. Teachers can use this part of the platform to take attendance, build standards-based curricula, and give assessments. The new system allows effective teachers to share their successes by uploading curricula for other educators.

“The result of this partnership is that we will see hybrid professional development opportunities that grow beyond both platforms,” said Brad A. Henry, Director of Technology, eStudent Services at Ohio State.

Supporting Technology for K-12 Education

In addition to creating this platform, Ohio has recently allocated new funds to support technology in K-12 education. The legislature  pledged $6 million in grants to school districts seeking to integrate new electronic resources into iLearnOhio and $250 million in grants for education delivered online, according to Brad Henry.

Source: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/

Thanks to Beth Bacon who is VP of Content Management at Seattle publishing platform Booktrope, www.booktrope.com. She also runs www.e-booksandkids.com. Contact her via Twitter @ebooksandkids.

Chalk it up to a learning experience: too much debt, even in a low interest rate environment, can be costly.

Cengage Learning, a private equity-backed education company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday as part of an effort to shrink its $5.8 billion debt load. The company, based in Stamford, Conn., also said that it had entered into a restructuring agreement with lenders who hold $2 billion of its first-lien debt. The restructuring will eliminate more than $4 billion in debt from the company’s balance sheet.

“The decisive actions we are taking today will reduce our debt and improve our capital structure to support our long-term business strategy of transitioning from traditional print models to digital educational and research materials,” Michael Hansen, Cengage Learning’s chief executive, said in a statement.

Cengage was originally Thomson Learning, part of the Thomson media conglomerate of Canada, which sold it for about $7.75 billion in 2007 when the company was preparing to merge with Reuters. The buyers were Apax Partners and Omers Capital Partners — a private equity unit of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board pension fund.

As Cengage, the company acquired the college publishing division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing for $750 million. In 2011, Cengage acquired National Geographic’s digital and print school publishing unit for an undisclosed price.

Cengage said that it planned to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services during its Chapter 11 restructuring and that employees would continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits. In the filing in the United States bankruptcy court in Brooklyn, the company said it had more than $1 billion in assets.

Cengage’s legal adviser is Kirkland & Ellis, its restructuring adviser is Alvarez & Marsal, and its financial adviser is Lazard.

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Digital Publishing, MS Project, Learning, Mobile Technology.

Digital learning has made education more interesting and engaging. Hence, teachers must learn to use technology as a classroom tool

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Leadership Tour 2013, Mumbai

Tuesday, February 12 2013 Technology makes this a magical time to be a student. And a powerful time to be an educator. The Apple Leadership Tour is an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content.

Please join us for this special event for Education Leaders committed to integrating the best in learning practices with the best in learning technology. Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking will give participants a deeper understanding of how mobile technology and digital content are transforming education.An iPad with dedicated educational digital content will be provided for each delegate throughout the day. The hands-on breakout sessions led by successful educators will allow each delegate to experience some of the thousands of education Apps as well as Multi-Touch digital books and many other interactive learning materials.See how iPad transforms teaching and learning at all levels. View case studies here

Agenda

9:00Registration
10:00Opening & WelcomeManish Goyal, Apple
10:10″Learning with Apple”Alan Bennett, Apple
10:50Interactive iPad DemoPetr Mara, Apple Distinguished Educator
11.20Hands-on WorkshopsPetr Mara, Apple Distinguished Educator
12:40Networking Lunch
13:50Hands-on WorkshopsVamshi Krishna, Apple Distinguished Educator
14:30Break
14:45Guest SpeakerAbdul Chohan, Director, Essa Academy
15:45CloseManish Goyal, Apple
16:00Departure

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Pearson buys a small stake in Nook Media, wants a fast track for digital education

http://www.engadget.com/2012/12/28/pearson-buys-a-small-stake-in-nook-media/

http://vimeo.com/m/52316073

If you’ve ever felt like you’re just spinning your content wheels or you’re looking up to tighten what’s already working, below are seven writing rules to help you do just that. Source here read more

iPad downloads five times as many apps as all Android tablets

http://crave.cnet.co.uk/laptops/ipad-downloads-five-times-as-many-apps-as-all-android-tablets-50009696/

Skillsoft Selected as Best of Elearning! 2012 Award Winner

http://www.skillsoft.com/about/press_room/press_releases/October_31_12_ELCE.asp

Self-Published Titles Shoot up E-Book Best-Seller List  – Digital Book World:

Think it takes a big publishing house or an established author to make a best-seller? Think again.

Two of the top ten best-selling e-books last week were self-published, On Dublin Street by Samantha Young and Down to You by M. Leighton. While these books have sold well for some time, this is their first appearance on the top 25 overall e-book best-seller list.

What ties these titles together — aside from their best-seller status and that they were self-published — is that they’re both “adult contemporary romance” books, meaning that they are romance books not intended for young audiences and contain plenty of sex.

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Also of note is that both of these titles are priced at $3.99, bucking the notion that self-published best-sellers are priced in the $2.99-or-less range.

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