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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 »
With Boundless, we set out to create a learning experience that went beyond just a textbook. We’ve just introduced updates to Boundless that create a better, more unified navigation around your book to make learning more efficient. The new design allows easy access to flashcards, quizzes, and highlights from one core spot. Take a look at what we’ve been up to recently to see how Boundless just got even better than your assigned textbook.
Boundless CEO Ariel Diaz recently spoke at TEDxCambridge about inverting the curriculum. The crowd was great, the weather was amazing, and the online conversation sparked by the talk was engaging. Check out the video of Ariel’s talk and catch up on some of the #TEDxC chatter.
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:
I’ve always been extremely invested in academia, so one of the many reasons I love working for Boundless is that we’re empowering students to shape their own education. I’m now a full-time employee, but I first joined the company as an Editorial Edcurator in September 2012.
As an Editorial Edcurator, I copy edited content from a number of our textbooks, including Microbiology, Art History, and Chemistry. In the spring I expressed interest in working on larger projects, and I was involved in the pilot of transferring one of our textbooks over into the iBooks format. I then joined Boundless as an intern and managed a team of Edcurators importing our content onto the iBooks and Amazon Kindle platforms. As a full-time employee I’m now working more closely on the development of Boundless textbooks.
Right now, Boundless has opportunities for freelance Content Edcurators (see below!) — these are the people who scour the Internet for sources and then write and copy edit content for our textbooks in 20+ subjects. It’s a great job if you’re looking to make a difference in the world of education, especially in a particular subject. It’s also perfect if you need flexible hours: you can do all your work from home, at any time of day, and you can take on a lighter workload one week and pick up the slack the next. You’ll get a lot of practice with online research and technical writing — and Edcurators, like me, are always considered great candidates for full-time jobs at the company.
We’re looking for people who are passionate about education and who have the discipline to work independently. If that sounds like you, check out the Content Edcurator job description below! Read more »
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!
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:
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