CourseSmart On-Line eTextBooks

CourseSmart logoCourseSmart is a higher education content delivery system that delivers e-textbooks to over 2.5 million students and faculty members. Sean Devine, CEO of CourseSmart talks to Jeffrey and Andy about the system.

CourseSmart brings together content producers and content consumers, typically publishers, lecturers and students in over 7,000 universities and colleges. The organisation is owned by a group of publishers but it distributes content from a wider range of content producers. Over 30,000 original textbooks and other products are on-line at their website and the publications can be integrated into the college’s electronic learning environment.

As with most things digital it’s not possible to buy or sell e-textbooks secondhand and the book is really just rented. The CourseSmart books are typically 60% cheaper than a new paper book and naturally they’re always in stock. For today’s mobile student the books are delivered through multiple devices – web browser, web app, iPad, iPhone and Android apps.

Interview by Jeffrey Powers of Geekazine and Andy Smith of Geocaching World.

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Google Search gets Football News, Stats, Standings, and More

It’s almost my favorite time of the year, otherwise know as football season.  And, today Google revealed that all sorts of football information, both NFL and college, is now available right in Google Search

Last week Google began bringing MLB results, but football is America’s number one sport, so it’s nice to see this partnership with ESPN evolve.  The simple announcement from Google came from software engineer Itay Maman and reads as follows:

“Just as the NFL season kicks off and you have your fantasy football league ready to go, you’ll be able to get useful information such as the latest scores, schedules, standings and stats for football-related queries in your search results. Last week, we started showing MLB results in partnership with ESPN and we’re now expanding sports live results to include the NFL. In addition to information on the football league, teams and players, you’ll also have direct links to previews, live streams, updates and game recaps. We hope to add more and more sports information on google.com, so stay tuned. “

You can try it out by doing a Google search.  A simple search for NFL yielded results such as the schedule, fantasy football, news, players, news, and more.  Adding ESPN to the search gives you box scores right in the top your results.  You can see screenshots of both at the bottom of this post.

This is a handy way to get quick information and news without trying to navigate the NFL web site, or an app app on your phone or tablet.  As you saw in the Google announcement, they are promising even more integration is on the way.  So….Are you ready for some football?!

Google NFL search

 

Google NFL ESPN search

Go To College Without Going to College

I was perusing TechCrunch this morning and found Academic Earth, a hulu-like resource for academic lectures. I had been using the online lectures at MIT for several years with my kids. That has been a good resource for those homeschooling high-school-age students. But Richard Ludlow, once a struggling math student, has put together Academic Earth, pulling together all of the free college-level lectures online into one place. I just spent a good half-hour playing with searching for keywords, navigating through the subject listings, and finding some very good lectures from some very interesting instructors.

Subject matter ranges from economics to English to physics to political science to religion to math at all levels. I could spend hours every day listening to some of these lectures, including the series of five lectures on the current financial crisis.

I’m so impressed. I know this is not really tech-related, but this is a resource many could use. And twenty years ago, we couldn’t have even dreamed of such a resource being available at the click of a mouse.

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FISA Bill Put on Ice
Motorola loosing to iPhone?
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