On the heels of Apple’s e-textbook announcement in New York City
this week, publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt announced the
results of its “HMC Fuse: Algebra I” pilot program at Ameila
Earhart Middle School in California’s Riverside Unified School
District. The Algebra I digital textbook is touted as the world’s
first full-curriculum algebra application developed exclusively
for Apple’s iPad.
In its test run, the “HMH Fuse” application helped more than 78
percent of students score “Proficient” or “Advanced” on the spring
2011 California Standards Test. That was significantly higher than
the 59 percent of peers who used traditional textbooks.
It would be pretty cool if digital textbooks aren’t just cheaper and more portable, but are actually more effective.