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Boundless is moving education into the digital age with high quality textbooks both students and educators love. Today, we’re excited to unveil the next wave in our textbook revolution and give educators the tools they need to bring the revolution into their classes. The new Boundless Teaching Platform gives educators the ability to customize affordable textbooks, monitor their students’ progress on assignments, and access teaching aids (like PowerPoint presentations).
Bringing educators into Boundless is a natural step in our march toward a post-textbook era. With both educators and students on the side of affordable, digital textbooks we’re excited to take this step forward. Read more about what’s included in the new Boundless Teaching Platform below.
At Boundless we’re always striving to improve learning — and helping students retain important information more effectively is one of our goals. We use Boundless Learning Technology in all our premium textbooks to help students understand and remember concepts better, so they’re prepared for exams and lifelong learning. Active recall is a core component of our learning technology.
This is the first in a two part series about the science behind Boundless Learning Technology.
What is active recall?
One key aspect to our learning tech is active recall, the process by which knowledge is actively retrieved from memory by taking a quiz or test, rather than passively reviewed by reading over notes repeatedly. So, instead of students sitting down with a pile of notes trying to memorize facts for the next exam, active recall engages them in their readings with questions about what they just read. Read more »
This week, Boundless published a guest post on USA Today College on studying distractions students should embrace. If you focus too hard on studying and forget to give your brain a break, you might wind up doing more harm than good. Whether you’re studying for a final exam or prepping for a weekly quiz, here are some studying distractions to say ‘yes’ to:
- Late Night Snacks: Set a late-night time with friends to get some snacks, and stick to it. Having an event to get to later in the night will make you set a deadline and keep you efficient. Just remember to go back to studying when you’re done.
- The Gym: Keep up with your physical routine during midterms, because when the body gets flabby, so does the mind. The gym also forces you to shift your focus from studying to another excruciating activity. When you’re ready to go back to studying you’ll be refreshed from the break you gave your brain.
See more tips from Boundless in USA Today!
We’re teaching students backwards. Students spend too much time focusing on minute details, like memorizing definitions or formulas, instead of thinking about the big picture. Ariel Diaz, CEO of Boundless, spoke recently at TEDxCambridge on Inverting the Curriculum as a means to fix the broken, backwards way students learn. See his talk in full below.
When we say “inverting the curriculum” what do we mean? In today’s educational system, students are taught the details and inner workings of a subject up front. Memorizing physics formulas or cellular structure can seem, well, a little boring when you’re new to a subject. Instead of weighing students down with these intense details up front, let’s show them the beauty of the big picture! Imagine if an intro biology course started with lab work to give students an understanding of ecology before memorizing what an endoplasmic reticulum does. Students would grasp the beauty of biology from the start, and appreciate the small details more when they understand the big picture.
Many educators are already doing just this. Professors at Grinnell College, for example, invert their intro biology classes. They found their inverted curriculum better served students who had no intention of becoming scientists, and that some might even discover a love for science they never knew they had.
Let’s take what professors at Grinnell College and other institutions are doing and apply it everywhere! It’s time to invert the curriculum to give students an understanding of the beauty intrinsic each subject.
Watch Ariel’s talk on Inverting the Curriculum here:
The beginning of the semester is a rush of activity, and it’s easy to fall behind quickly when you are trying to get back on that busy college schedule. Start the term off well so you can stay organized all semester. Test out some of these online tools to get started:
1. Google Drive: Taking notes during class or writing your papers on Google Docs saves your the headache of needing to save after each sentence. Google will autosave your work, so even if your computer crashes you don’t have to worry about losing big chunks of your work. Plus, if you forget where you saved your work on Drive, this tool’s super awesome search will find it in a flash!
2. Trello: Make your to-do list better than a piece of notebook paper. Trello lets you create specific tasks, like “Create outline for psych paper,” and move it across a sophisticated to-do list so you can track its progress. Make lists of what you need to do, what you’re working on, and what you’ve accomplished. Trust us, putting the psych paper under the Done list will feel great. Some students even use this to keep their internship searches organized.
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Earlier this semester, we announced our content library had expanded to 20+ subjects. Now, we’re happy to share that free Boundless textbooks are now available for Kindle. Users can download any of these titles to their Kindle Fire or Kindle apps for PC or Mac free of charge. The books cover the introductory topics and concepts for each subject.
Get started with Boundless for Kindle by clicking the links below!
No one enjoys marking the start of new school year by dropping hundreds of dollars on textbooks. Rather than spend so much on expensive books, use the tips from this cheat sheet by Boundless to save money on textbooks! Check out the infographic below for 6 practical tips for getting all you need for class without breaking the bank.
We also asked students what they would do with the money they saved on textbooks from tips like these. Here’s how they responded:
Almost 50% of students said they would put that money toward tuition
18% said they’d use it for their housing expenses
Only 6% of students said they would use that money for fun activities like shopping or meals out with friends.
You can find more tips and stats in our infographic below!
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When we say students can study on the go with Boundless, we really mean it! Today, we released our Boundless Textbooks App for iPad. Boundless is also available for iPhone and iPod touch. Read more about our app in the press release below.
Boundless Textbooks Are Now Available for iPad
New Digital Textbook Alternatives Include Learning Technology to Help Students Remember Important Information
BOSTON, MA–(Marketwired – August 30, 2013) - Today, Boundless announces that its digital textbook alternatives are now available as an app for iPad — offering students a tremendous opportunity to save money on books while using their favorite mobile devices. Earlier this month, Boundless introduced brand new, premium textbook alternatives that include Boundless Learning Technology. Now, these custom, chapter-by-chapter textbook alignments are available on iPad for just $19.99 per book, a tremendous savings compared to the traditional textbooks assigned to college students. Read more »
Boundless was recently featured on ABC News as an affordable alternative to the high price of college textbooks.
For money-saving back to school tips, ABC featured 3 key ways students can save money. Among their tips: skip the school bookstore! ABC said,
Consider buying used textbooks on Amazon and renting textbooks at Rent-a-Text for 40 percent to 70 percent off. And for intro classes, use the website Boundless…
Watch the video in full here:
Where else is Boundless popping up in the news? See here!