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School District Introduces Digital Algebra Textbook for iPad2 [VIDEO]

School District Introduces Digital Algebra Textbook for iPad2 [VIDEO]

Some parents might be surprised to see an iPad on their child’s back-to-school list right alongside pencils and looseleaf notebook paper. Schools around the country have considered using electronic textbooks, and some will begin to experiment with them in the classroom this fall.

Starting next month, Hasbrouck Heights school district in New Jersey will teach 8th grade algebra students using HMH Fuse, an electronic textbook developed by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The district will be one of the first in New Jersey to use the program.

An article on northjersey.com states that “educators see the application, which intertwines today’s technology with algebraic concepts, as a tool to help kids visualize and internalize calculations and mathematical theory the way they pick up and retain other complicated capabilities using the device’s touch screen.”

The district is leasing the iPads from Apple Inc. at a low cost so that the students in the honors algebra class will not be required to purchase the $500 device.

Students who participated in a demonstration of HMH Fuse felt that the program made it easier and more enjoyable to solve algebraic equations. Educators are anticipating that handheld devices like iPads will become important classroom fixtures as well as at-home study tools.

Let’s hope that the kids actually stay on track with their algebra homework instead of spending class time playing a marathon session of Angry Birds!

Watch a demo of HMH Fuse here:

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6:53AM PDT on Oct 14, 2011

A useful step

9:59PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

This is possibly the cheesiest video EVER! I mean, seriously, if they can't come up with anything else when this is going out to possibly all of New Jersey soon...

4:35AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Honestly, I'm GLAD printed books are being phased out. I hope all the book stores in the world close, public libraries die, and they pass a law making it illegal to print books, or anything else on dead trees.
Knock knock.
Who's there?
Digital age.
Digital age who?
Digital age is here, and we need to stop cutting down millions of trees every year to read stuff on dead trees. We had the technology to go completely e-book almost 20 years ago, but book printing lobbyists had to stick their penis into putting a stop to that. Now we have global warming threatening to kill us all. I can only wonder if we had stopped killing trees for outdated technology sooner (books) how much of a difference it may have made.
SAVE THE PLANET
STOP SUPPORTING THE UNNECESSARY KILLING OF TREES
GET AN E-READER
ANDROID TABLETS THAT COST AROUND $99 SUPPORT E-BOOKS ALONG WITH TONS OF OTHER FREE SOFTWARE DEVELOPED FOR THE PLATFORM.
OR
IF YOU DON'T LIKE TO READ, GET AN MP3 PLAYER, AND LOAD UP A BUNCH OF AUDIOBOOKS.

4:32AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Jane W. -"An ipad is too expensive to be replaced each and every school year by a newer model. And what about those families who have multiple children."

The ipad will not have to be replaced for at least a decade because system requirements for PDF viewers change very rarely.

The PDF viewer in it will automatically update just like it does on your computer.

Why are we even talking about an Ipad? Apple sucks. They are overpriced, over hyped garbage.

For 1 IPad you can buy 6 equivalent android devices that will run the document viewer just as well. Additionally, Android has tons of free software because it's the developer platform of choice.

4:30AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Jane W. -"An ipad is too expensive to be replaced each and every school year by a newer model. And what about those families who have multiple children."

The ipad will not have to be replaced for at least a decade because system requirements for PDF viewers change very rarely.

The PDF viewer in it will automatically update just like it does on your computer.

Why are we even talking about an Ipad? Apple sucks. They are overpriced, over hyped garbage.

For 1 IPad you can buy 6 equivalent android devices that will run the just as well. Additionally, Android has tons of free software because it's the developer platform of choice.

2:56AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Great article. Thanks for sharing.

2:05AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

wow

3:38AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

dont agree entirely that technology should be totally used to replace books

3:35AM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

I agree. The technology will only be a good as the teachers who use it. The use of Kindles and iPads will require a lot of controls and discipline. They should be provided by the school. Just like when I was a kid. Our books, paper, pencils etc. were all provided by the school. the only thing we had to buy was our gym tunics and Keds. We were very lucky.

9:01PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

An ipad is too expensive to be replaced each and every school year by a newer model.
And what about those families who have multiple children.

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