OverDrive has acquired New Jersey-based TeachersNotebook.com, a company/platform that supplies teacher-created K-12 educational materials. Teachers can open their own “shop” to sell the materials they develop.
OverDrive announced today that Macmillan’s entire eBook catalog is now available for schools in the United States and Canada.
The education technology company Renaissance Learning has received a $40 million investment from the Google fund in exchange for a minority stake, reports Gary Price. Renaissance Learning harnesses cloud computing to help teachers develop their lesson plans for students, including for reading and math.
Nearly 17,000 children’s books published by Penguin USA will be available in the ebook format for schools and libraries through a partnership with Follett. The Penguin collection is available through Titlewave and includes popular titles such as The Westing Game by Ellen Rasking, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor, and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
From the Federal Trade Commission: Following a public comment period, the Federal Trade Commission has approved the kidSAFE Seal Program as a safe harbor program under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the agency’s COPPA Rule. The Commission’s COPPA Rule requires operators of online sites and services directed at children under the age of 13 to provide […]
Oyster, one of a growing number of consumer ebook subscription services (aka “Netflix-like) that currently offers subscribers access to well over 100,000 ebook titles (and growing) for $9.95/month. There are no limits on what users can access. There is also never a wait time to access an ebook. In other words, all books are available to all […]
The latest to join Tumblr nation: DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) and the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), which will feature items from its collection on its new Tumblr blog.
LightSail Education, a provider of K-12 digital literacy solutions, today announced an exclusive partnership with Baker & Taylor. Now schools using LightSail adaptive literacy platform will have access to Baker & Taylor’s KnowledgePoint content management solutions and its portfolio of hundreds of thousands of digital books.
Author Judy Blume has been named the 2014 Honorary Chair of National Library Week, April 13-19, 2014.
High school students in the Thornton Fractional Township District 215 could be forced to hand over their passwords to Facebook and other social media accounts, under a new policy now being considered.
A collaborative project of the Library of Congress, Brigham Young University and the Ad Council, “Readers to the Rescue” is a “visual mad-lib set” inside a library inhabited by a cast of storybook characters, including Pinocchio, Humpty-Dumpty and Sleeping Beauty.
More than half of parents (57 percent) believe their children have learned “a lot” from educational media, but that learning from mobile devices falls short compared to other platforms, according to a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.
The Texas Legislature has voted to restore $7.5 million in public library funding, which amounts to about one quarter of the approximately $30 million in funding that was cut during 2011.
The Smithsonian Libraries has launched three courses of selected content on iTunes U about early aviation and space history. More courses will be rolled out during the first half of 2014, including one on “Women in Aviation.”
Amazon Adds Educational Features to FreeTime on Kindle Fire, CC-Aligned Content for FreeTime Unlimited
Amazon has updated Kindle Freetime for the Kindle Fire tablet, adding “Educational Goals,” enabling parents to set targets for their kids, for example, a goal to read 30 minutes every day. Thousands of educational books, apps, games, and videos have been added to the optional subscription Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.
Baker & Taylor, Axis 360 Begin Simon & Schuster Ebook Pilot, 450 Titles Available in Schools, Classrooms
Baker & Taylor announced today that through a pilot program it will now be able to make available more than 450 popular ebook titles from Simon & Schuster imprints to classrooms and school libraries using the Axis 360 digital media circulation platform.
The C-SPAN Video Library includes nearly 60 appearances by Nelson Mandela on the C-SPAN networks dating back to 1990. You can stream most of them online along with being able to keyword search mechanically-generated transcripts of each program and create custom clips for sharing.
Work will begin soon on the initial phase of a makeover of the Boston Public Library’s Copley branch. The project is focused on expanding the branch’s children’s library to 4,400 square feet, adding a section catering to early childhood (with toy and story areas), and creating dedicated space for tweens and teens.
The new operating system of Amazon’s tablet, the Kindle Fire, integrates social reading platform Goodreads, enabling users to rate and review books, track personal reading lists, share quotes, and see what friends are reading.