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School Improvement Network To Launch LiveBooks for Professional Development

School Improvement Network will launch LiveBooks, a new kind of online professional development tool, May 1.

LiveBooks are similar to online e-books, but they "can be updated by their authors at any time, with revisions and additional chapters instantly added to the existing book," according to information released by the company.

Readers will also be able to interact with one another, as well as with the author, and share ideas to help develop how the books change over time.

Other features of LiveBooks will include:

  • Video;
  • Audio;
  • Polls;
  • Downloadable materials;
  • Links to other resources;
  • Lesson plans; and
  • Improvement plans.

The first LiveBook, which be released on May 1 along with the LiveBook platform, will be Mapping to the Core, by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, founder and president of Curriculum Designers.

"Education is a dynamic field, full [of] people who are always learning and striving to improve," Curtis Linton, vice president of School Improvement Network. "As a result, ideas in the realm of education are in a constant state of growth. Knowledge, in that way, is a living thing, and we wanted to develop an online professional development learning platform that grows and lives right along with the knowledge it conveys."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].