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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    37 38 39 40 Visit Our Blog MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor Motley Students at UMASS Lowell and Dean of Students Larry Siegel support ending agricultural subsidies for unhealthy fiood Tell Your Elected Leaders Support 100 Clean Energy Take Action We can build support for a future powered by 100 clean and renewable energy Jobs for Graduating Seniors Learn more and apply If you are ready to dig in and start solving the problems that confront our country consider a job with U S PIRG Intern with MASSPIRG Apply Online As a MASSPIRG intern you ll learn skills and get valuable experience working on a campaign You ll learn how to build teams of volunteers organize events on campus and work with the media A crash course in effective citizenship Get the toolkit Get the basic

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  • Latest Updates Blog | MASSPIRG Students
    midterm election Originally published in the Durham Herald Sun Related topics New Voters Project Read more about Op Ed The power of young people Bottle Bill goes on tour Tuesday December 3 2013 By UMass Dartmouth We did it Six weeks of hard work and 128 000 petition signatures later the coalition is putting the updated bottle bill on the ballot next year Read more about Bottle Bill goes on tour Pages 1 2 3 4 next last More About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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

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  • Why McGraw-Hill Is Offering $100 for Your #usedtextbookproblems | MASSPIRG Students
    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 publishers are serious as they claim about reducing costs for students they should offer students affordable options with user friendly terms instead

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  • Open Textbooks: The Current State of Play | MASSPIRG Students
    Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off their energy efficiency knowledge Students at Fitchburg State table for the homeless UMASS Amherst students support more and better public transit UMASS Boston students pose with Chancellor

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  • The Death of Textbooks? | MASSPIRG Students
    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 in which teachers and digital learning materials can coexist Still despite the seemingly ideal compromise of blended learning the dynamism of new

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  • Student Groups Pressure Colleges Over the Insane Cost of Textbooks | MASSPIRG Students
    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 Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take

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  • MASSPIRG | Together we can make change happen Students
    Lowell Sun Last ditch effort to update the bottle bill The Lowell Sun covers our Trick or Treat Updated Bottle Bill event at the statehouse where we delivered over 15 000 petitions in favor of improving the state s most effective recycling program More WWLP VIDEO Deposits may be Added for Water Bottles WWLP covers our Halloween themed Update the Bottle Bill petition drop event at the statehouse Check out the video More Lynn Daily Item MASSPIRG Cheaper T for Students The Lynn Daily Item reports that MASSPIRG staff and students from Salem State University and North Shore Community College Lynn joined senior advocates and MBTA planning officials to release our report on students and seniors transit needs More Lowell Sun Unbottle the Bottle Bill MASSPIRG student Hannah Ramos urges Bay Staters to push their legislators to act on the Updated Bottle Bill More Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 View All MASSPIRG Homepage About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports DONATE Search form Search Students in Action Like Us Follow Us RSS Contact MASSPIRG Students in Action North Shore student Kaitlyn Heathman speaks at a press conference releasing our transportation report Common Connections Students support more affordable textbooks Students at UMASS Boston show off

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  • PIRG in the News | MASSPIRG Students
    The Death of Textbooks Artificially intelligent software is reshaping traditional teaching materials but it s unclear what the new technology will take away from the learning experience 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 Chapters Berkshire Community College Fitchburg State University Holyoke Community College Mass College of Liberal Arts MassBay Community College Middlesex Community College North Shore Community College Salem State University UMass Amherst UMass Boston UMass Dartmouth UMass Lowell Westfield State University Get Involved Take Action Volunteer on Campus Campus Internships Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campaigns Make Textbooks Affordable 100 Renewable Energy Stop Overuse of Antibiotics Get Big Money out of Politics New Voters Project Hunger and Homelessness Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News 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 Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Make Textbooks Affordable Newsroom Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources MASSPIRG

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