News Briefs 3/30/2018

March 30, 2018 | Volume 49, Number 7

Scholastic (New York) in March expanded its My Arabic Library, a leveled reading program available in Arabic for grades 1-6, to include educational materials for PreK and kindergarten classrooms. This early education library includes 25 titles that have been adapted into Modern Standard Arabic, a teacher guide that provides read-aloud instructions and curriculum suggestions for each title, and classroom activities. 

Open Up Resources, the nonprofit publisher of free curricula, in March said it was integrating Open Up Resources’ curricula into Microsoft’s OneNote and Forms apps, offering districts a free and classroom-friendly digital platform for accessing the core curricula. Teachers can distribute the curricula, students can work on assignments and teachers and students can collaborate. Teachers also can integrate OneNote Class Notebooks seamlessly with common LMS and SIS platforms. Currently, districts can access the middle school math curriculum from Open Up Resources; the EL Education K–5 Language Arts curriculum will become available in summer 2018. Additional curricula are due to be available in 2019.

The University of Florida’s All Access etextbook program expects to expand to about 200 classes this fall. The program pilot began in summer 2014 in two classes and grew to 177 classes in spring 2018. There are 155 books available online. The average discount for etextbooks in the program versus new textbooks is 58%. UF All Access is a collaboration between UF Business Services, bookstore services provider the retailer Follett (Westchester, IL) and publishers, including Pearson (London/New York), McGraw Hill Education (New York), Cengage (Boston), W.W. Norton (New York) and John Wiley & Sons (Hoboken, NJ).

The California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in March selected Akademos (Norwalk, CT) to provide online bookstore services. The university plans to launch its online bookstore this spring to support its summer semester 2018. The online bookstore will a selection of new, used, rental and ebook formats.

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