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Digital Textbooks

Four textbooks...sixteen pounds...and that's only for a sophomore....
Four textbooks…sixteen pounds…and that’s only for a          sophomore….

“Take out your textbook and turn to page 82.” As if the class you’re in isn’t boring enough without the added bonus of reading pages from a book you don’t understand, and to be perfectly honest, really don’t care about. Even worse than having to actually read the textbook, is having to lug it around all day. One textbook might not weigh very much, but when you start having more than one, it starts to add up. Most high school students are taking maybe five to seven classes. If you have a textbook for each one, that’s a lot of stuff you’re carrying around, in addition to the many binders, notebooks, pencils, pens, everything you need to get through each class. That’s where digital textbooks come in. Having a textbook online means that students don’t have to carry their books with them. They can leave them at school, and just use the one online at home.

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Using iPads in the Classroom

1 photoThe iPad. Apple, fun, games, apps, toy, Steve Jobs, big, expensive…those are the words that first come to mind when iPads are mentioned. A word that isn’t usually associated with it, education. Surprisingly enough, iPads being used in the classroom aren’t a bad idea. There’s an entire section in the app store devoted to apps for educational purposes. This section has everything from games to study tools. iPads can be used by all ages, from preschool to high school. But some of the best tools, are the ones that already come free with it. This includes the safari and the camera. Continue reading

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Google Products: Google Calendar

Screen Shot 2014-09-26 at 1.21.00 PMThe calendar on Google is a product that probably goes unnoticed by people. Maybe you see it when you first use Google but then forget about it. Why would you need that calendar when you already have one on your desk, in your kitchen, on your phone? If you already have five other calendars, is using the one that Google has really necessary? Probably not a necessity, but then again, neither is having an iPhone, laptop, $300 pair of cleats, a pair of Louboutin’s or that Louis Vuitton handbag. It’s something that you absolutely love, but don’t really need. The calendar is fun and easy to use. Since it’s a Google product, it comes free with a gmail account. Continue reading

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