Textbooks are expensive. Really expensive. Education for that matter is really expensive, especially if you want a good one and you want to continue your education past public schooling. Believe me when I say I KNOW how expensive textbooks, school, and education is. Today is day one of college classes for me (I’ll update you on move-in and everything later this week, don’t you worry!). We will be finding out what textbooks we need for each class, if we even need them, and if the professor recommends getting e-book version or the real book.
For some schools and students, textbooks are not easy to come by. They may have to settle for out-dated 1990s books, ripped and torn, with information far from the advanced knowledge we have today and which keeps changing every day. I’m sure you’ve heard of the education and textbook publisher McGraw-Hill. Well they wanted to help students safe money while also making a difference. With the launch of their new SmartBook which is a unique e-book “textbook” they hope to change the way students learn and read. With every purchase of an SmartBook or other e-book from their CourseSmart series, through McGraw-Hill’s Read It Forward Campaign, they are donating a textbook to children in need all around the world! They are using the non-profit organization First Book, who helps in-need children with education. And to make these SmartBooks and e-books affordable for purchase, they are offering students a 15% off promo code: FORWARD14, now through October 31.
So I bet your curious about what these SmartBooks actually look like. Well above is a screen shoot of the SmartBook McGraw-Hill allowed me to download for free to promote their campaign. The SmartBooks they had were not anything I was studying, so I choose something that interests me (and you I’m assuming since your reading a healthy-living blog!), Nutrition! Above is the homepage where you can see the content and the chapters. But once you click learn, this thing goes wild!
This is no ordinary “textbook”. It is very easily readable with each chapter presented and is customizable for your study techniques. There is even a “virtual teacher” that pops up on the screen to explain things, help you use the book, and study. You can tell it what you want to focus on and it will bring you to those pages and “dim-out” irrelevant text. You can also take practice quizzes and flash-card questions. It is pretty cool and a great ay to learn by yourself while studying. It really is a cool new innovative resource for learning! I’ll have fun with some personal advancement now in nutrition! More “nutrition-based” blog posts anyone? 😉
Really, the best part is the fact that with each purchase of a SmartBook, a child will now be sent a relevant brand new textbook to help them learn! Education is so important. You really need it to get anywhere now-a-days, and those early education years are so crucial! To learn more about the campaign go to the campaign’s homepage and read on! Remember that you can get a 15% off discount with the promo code: FORWARD14, now through October 31st! If you want to make a difference and you want to help a child in need go check out those textbooks!
So tell me:
+ Are you an e-book or real book kinda person? I will take a physical book any day over an e-book! I know technology is making real book obsolete, but I will fight tooth and nail for my real book for as long as possible! There is nothing like the satisfaction of flipping the page or a novel.
+ Did your school always have the most up-to-date textbooks? NO! I will always remember my physics book from freshman year of high school. The thing was from the 1980s. Terrible. But now my old high school is totally going high-tech and getting Chrome Books for everyone. I’m just glad I am done with that school!
**I was provided a free SmartBook through McGraw-Hill Education to promote their Read It Forward Campaign as part of my Her Campus Blogger Network Ambassadorship. All opinion and thoughts are honest and my own!**
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