11-03-2010 03:45 PM
B&N runs a separate e-textbook operation called NOOKstudy. The nature of textbooks makes them suck really badly on a small black-and-white screen. NOOKstudy runs on laptops where you've got a color screen with a decent size.
As for high schools, I suspect that only the most avant garde high schools will allow you to use a digital device in class. (But then, it's been many decades since I was in high school.)
11-03-2010 03:53 PM
would the new Nook/color be able to handle the textbook configurations? and also a big thanx for the information you are a great help. i have a son that is interested in the Nook and his high school doesnt mind him having one in the class room. it is also easier on the shoulders and the whole backpack thing.
11-03-2010 06:10 PM
Almost all high school textbook companies offer a digital version of their textbooks. HOWEVER, most of these are accessible via the internet. I don't know of ANY company that is giving EPUB/pdf files of their books.
I would assume that as ereaders, particularily color ones, become more popular, this might change. As a high school teacher, I would love for students to be able to respond to books/stories via interactive text items. I can imagine having students read pages 102-105 and the "book" having popup questions about items. It certainly could make some reading comprehension gains if students start being questioned as they read -- students would see a direct correlation between more active reading and greater achievement.
I must be at an avant garde high school. I allow my students to use devices in the classroom. A couple students are currently reading The Iliad on their Ipads/phones (since I told them about it being FREE with the summer books). Of course I also have students use their phones and do podcasts, participate in polls, and other techy things. Heaven help the child whose phone rings in class though ... the caller gets to talk to ME!
11-03-2010 07:14 PM
...interested in the Nook and his high school doesnt mind him having one in the class room.
Kids still have to go to a school to learn? What is this 1911?