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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to get California cities to GO SOLAR Take Action to Save Water Take Action Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using way more water than we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today PLEDGE CALPIRG Learn more Join thousands of other UC students and pledge CALPIRG By adding the CALPIRG fee to your student account for our own independent public

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  • Latest Updates Blog | CALPIRG Students
    drought Wednesday January 14 2015 By As I m sure you know California is facing the worst drought we ve seen in years Here are some pretty drastic pictures of the devastation Obviously the best way to tackle our water shortage is to use less water Here are 7 simple tips for reducing your water usage in daily life Read more about Seven tips to save water in the drought Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact

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  • Why McGraw-Hill Is Offering $100 for Your #usedtextbookproblems | CALPIRG Students
    used textbook market and as someone who needed to purchase used textbooks myself I can t let that go unanswered So we asked students to take a second and tell McGraw Hill that used textbooks are important and they save students a lot of money Check out some of the awesome tweets that people have submitted already G0Casey I don t know what to do with all of the money I m saving by not getting ripped off usedtextbookproblems textbookbroke MayBeeFox Dear mhhighered know what s not funny Charging more than200 for one new book I ll take the used book thanks usedtextbookproblems ChloCanDo McGraw Hill you can keep your100 I d save that much buying ONE book used newtextbookproblems usedtextbookproblems MHEstudents 1over2pirc usedtextbookproblems My wallet can t hold all the money I save iforitza Sorry mhhighered I can t play this usedtextbookproblems game Had I not bought used textbooks I d be textbookbroke CliffroseA i m ever so flattered that they think we can t see through this complete farce usedtextbookproblems jesuishenessa mhhighered but what if I have no usedtextbookproblems my problem is publishers that overcharge leave college kids textbookbroke Join the conversation yourself at usedtextbookproblems To their credit McGraw Hill says that the contest was meant to highlight the fact that their digital books don t have the same drawbacks as used textbooks This is partly true you won t get a digital textbook that has been doodled on but you will face printing restrictions device restrictions and you won t be able to retain a copy of the book after your 3 month or 6 month purchase runs out You definitely won t be able to sell it back All in all most e textbooks aren t much better of a deal than a used textbook If

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  • Open Textbooks: The Current State of Play | CALPIRG Students
    California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Media Hits by Campaign

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  • The Death of Textbooks? | CALPIRG Students
    a text think a teacher reading an excerpt asking questions and assigning an essay on a simple interface This interface allows kids to highlight material take notes and ask their classmates questions virtually It even includes a raise hand button that a student can click to alert a teacher if he or she has a question The program moreover pre selects what it considers difficult or particularly wordy paragraphs flagging them with a Close Reading tag clicking this button opens up an brief explanatory video Students can follow along with the audio version as they read the text perhaps negating the need for the teacher to call on a student to recite the text out loud The Collections interface Students can create an outline for their essay assignments and share with their their instructor or their classmates virtually HMH I also tried McGraw Hill s math software ALEKS which stands for Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces and is a web based tool that assess students in mathematics accounting statistics and chemistry The name alone which phonetically sounds like a human got me worrying about the prospect of a robot takeover but I digress ALEKS launched in 1999 and operated for more than decade on its own before it McGraw Hill purchased it in 2013 and is predicated on completely individualized learning the program adapts based on an individual s knowledge and skill set Behind the scenes the software builds a database detailing the proficiency of each student information that is then used to formulate questions tailored to kids based on what they find most challenging Essentially the program which is based on 20 years of research by cognitive scientists mathematicians and engineers can instantly assess the individual abilities of an entire class of students at a rate that would be impossible for most teachers ALEKS from the teacher s perspective The teacher homepage allows instructors to view their students grades and overall progress McGraw Hill Many educators including Idaho s 2015 teacher of the year Kim Zeydel swear by ALEKS I work with at risk kids most of the kids are at a fourth to sixth grade math level and we re trying to teach them at the high school level she told me The kids have holes in so many different areas You have 20 kids you have 20 different needs For Zeydel a veteran educator who started using the program four years ago ALEKS has been able to fill in the gaps where she falls short ALEKS can diagnose where the kids are If they don t have the foundation on the other skills they aren t allowed to move forward she said They build the foundation really nicely which I as a teacher will not be able to do Zeydel says she uses ALEKS sparingly typically two days weekly and as combined with her traditional teaching methods This approach is generally referred to in education circles as blended learning which is described as a middle ground

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  • Student Groups Pressure Colleges Over the Insane Cost of Textbooks | CALPIRG Students
    by using open books With more than 11 million full time undergraduates in the U S and upwards of 160 open textbooks on the market the group says students would save 1 billion a year if they all replaced a single book with its open source alternative Of course if finding an open source book right for a specific class were as simple as running a quick Google search more college students would probably be doing it There s no sense downloading a free calculus book if your open textbook exams are based on the pricier alternative The report acknowledges as much Many faculty members are not aware that these alternatives exist and are ready for classroom use the report says and in making the transition from publisher prepared materials to open textbooks faculty often need some assistance in finding open materials for their course The report adds that it can also be tough to find open source versions of books for more advanced niche courses In the past three decades the price of college textbooks has risen faster than the price of medical care and home care American Enterprise Institute Open source books have an obvious upside though The cost of college textbooks has risen 812 percent since 1978 far outpacing the rise in costs for medical services and home prices according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics To solve that problem Student PIRGs say colleges should be more proactive in helping curb student textbook costs Colleges should take ownership over solving high textbook prices the report said Institutions should convene campus stakeholders and launch their own open textbook programs About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC

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  • CALPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    public interest group CALPIRG California Public Interest Research Group Foundation and AmeriCorps More City on a Hill Press Lawmakers Underestimate Funds Needed for Pell Grant Due to miscalculation federal grant money to be cut by 15 percent More The Daily 49er Prop 23 opponents breathe sigh of relief Proposition 23 which would have suspended carbon limits failed Tuesday night More Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 View All CALPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Latest Updates Blog PIRG in the News News Releases Reports Donate Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact Students in Action Volunteers make props for upcoming hunger and homelessness events California Water Watch Learn More Its the worst drought in California history but many Californians are still using three times as much water as we need to Students are leading the way in saving water and moving to a sustainable water future Take the pledge to save water and get involved in our campaign today California GO Solar Learn More Every hour the sun shines more energy onto the earth than the entire human population uses in a year By capturing just a tiny fraction of this energy we can decrease our dependence on fossil fuels reduce global warming pollution and create thousands of new jobs Join our campaign to

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  • PIRG in the News | CALPIRG Students
    Read more about The Death of Textbooks Media Hit Textbooks Student Groups Pressure Colleges Over the Insane Cost of Textbooks Students can spend 1 300 per year on textbooks but online textbooks could ease that burden a new analysis finds Read more about Student Groups Pressure Colleges Over the Insane Cost of Textbooks Media Hit Higher Ed Textbooks Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open Source Textbooks College students could save an average of 128 a course if traditional textbooks were replaced with free or low cost open source electronic versions a new report finds Read more about Putting a Dent in College Costs With Open Source Textbooks Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Frequently Asked Questions Campus Chapters UC Berkeley UC Davis UC Irvine UC Riverside UC San Diego UC Santa Barbara UC Santa Cruz UCLA USC Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Stopping Global Warming California Water Watch Don t Get Ripped Off Hunger and Homelessness Protect Our Beautiful Places New Voters Project Protect Public Health 21st Century Transportation Make Textbooks Affordable

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