California Schools Testing Digital Textbook for the iPad


A year long pilot program in four California schools will place 400 iPads in the hands of middle school students. Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt worked with Apple to develop the app called “HMH Fuse: Algebra 1” for the program. The math app essentially replaces the 800 page algebra textbook students would normally use. A research firm will conduct a study of the project, comparing the performance of the students using the iPads with similar groups using the traditional textbook. Results will be published in fall 2011.


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.