SmartBooks from McGraw-Hill

January 24th, 2013 by Brian Leave a reply »

At CES, McGraw-Hill showed off a collection of etextbooks that periodically quiz the reader for comprehension. That’s pretty cool for reader engagement (although it will definitely get annoying if I’m trying to skim for a particular section), but what makes it even more intriguing is the fact that, based on the results of the quiz, the text adapts the complexity of its vocabulary.

It reminds me of Renaissance Place’s STAR Test to determine the zone of proximal development. It’s also similar to Brainrush, which School Library Journal pointed out. Brainrush’s CEO is Nolan Bushnell, the guy who founded Atari and Chuck E. Cheese’s – so you know he knows how to have fun. Brainrush will teach you a concept and adjust the game to fit your skill.


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