NEW YORK, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- In the wake of enormous economic challenges, many of our nation's educational institutions are turning toward digital solutions to provide flexible learning options. Some states have gone a step further by setting a deadline for a complete digital transition – a new California state law requires that all textbooks used in public and private postsecondary institutions be made available digitally by the year 2020. While the deadline is nearly 10 years away, McGraw-Hill already is meeting California's standard by offering digital versions of 95 percent of its current higher education titles. All of McGraw-Hill Education's content for elementary school and secondary school is available in digital form.
"McGraw-Hill enthusiastically embraces the digital revolution, and believes that the creation and delivery of digital content is integral to the future of education," said Peter C. Davis, president, McGraw-Hill Education. "We are committed to providing the content and digital technology that facilitate teaching and drive student achievement in California and nationwide."
McGraw-Hill's growing line of digital, interactive programs for the higher education market includes McGraw-Hill Connect – a revolutionary assignment and assessment platform that individualizes lesson plans for students while incorporating material found outside conventional textbooks. By pioneering these new capabilities today, McGraw-Hill is helping to expand the possibilities for digital content tomorrow.
McGraw-Hill has made digital versions of its textbooks available through CourseSmart to expand the reach of its digital content. CourseSmart is an e-book retailer that allows students to purchase top higher educational content and view it on a laptop computer, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. E-books available through CourseSmart provide students with search capabilities, highlighting, note-taking features, and online access. Additionally, McGraw-Hill is continuing to form partnerships with many popular e-book reader platforms and device makers including Amazon Kindle, enTourage Systems, Follett/CafeScribe, MBS/xPlana, VitalSource Technologies, and ScrollMotion.
McGraw-Hill's Center for Digital Innovation develops digital platforms for the PreK-12 market, which are customized by state standards, district requirements, and teacher and student needs for true individualization. The programs support all students - from those in need of intervention to those in need of additional challenges. New offerings include Planet Turtle, a K-3 (Math) social network where children can interact with their peers in a protected Web environment and complete learning "challenges" that progress as their skills improve, and CINCH Mathematics, a complete, digital, teacher-led K-6 math curriculum that uses the power of interactive whiteboard teaching and versatile online capabilities to engage all students in learning, and CINCH Project, a collection of Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning projects.
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