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Online textbooks

posted Jan 28, 2010, 5:23 PM by Alex Pearson   [ updated Jan 28, 2010, 5:33 PM by Alex Pearson ]
Pearson publishing, to which I am no relation, offers online textbooks. A generous colleague of mine showed me how to log in and access her Spanish texts. One uploads one's roster, with a list of usernames and passwords, and then all the kids in the class can log in too. We have Blackboard at our school, and this system, Pearson SuccessNet, is quite similar: a course management system for content. But instead of just being text, students listen to native speakers, watch short vidoes, type their answers and get immediate feedback. This is much more than a book. I'm not sure what the business model is for this. Obviously, there is no advertisement. This could be accessed from an IPad, which has a browser, but not from a Kindle. Although one worries about the browser capabilities of the IPad. We know that Flash does not run, but one would assume that quicktime would.