Educational Publisher Goes Digital, with a Twist
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Instead of using all the bells and whistles that online solutions can offer, Walch went for a set of PDF materials that keep teachers in charge of the learning, while offering the advantage of quick digital access and affordability. Walch’s
“Oftentimes people perceive the word “digital” to mean computer driven products that rely on a student sitting behind a screen. We wanted to make this as versatile and as accessible as possible,” says Al Noyes, president of Walch Education. “Our online PDF versions of the science units can be downloaded and accessed later with or without internet connection; they can be printed; and they can be used in schools with or without laptops for all students.”
Noyes says it shows that technology of all kinds has its place.
“We’ve developed iPad, iTouch, and laptop applications in the past and we will certainly be doing it more and more,” Noyes said. “But each solution has to fit the need.”
Dr. Lylia King, regional manager for Walch in
“Technology done right is a great assist to teachers and students,” she says. “But it’s always the teacher that teaches, and we need to give teachers flexibility in the types of tools available to them. Software can’t do what a teacher can.”
In this case, a key requirement from
With all the other innovations teachers have to adapt to, the PDF units are ready to use and do not require teachers to learn any new software system or technology.
“We wanted to allow already-busy teachers to focus on the kids,” Noyes says.
Noyes is clear that he will continue to develop iPad apps and other technology solutions. In fact, the company has recently launched an innovative iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch application with the
“But sometimes less is more,” he says. “And the Texas State Board seems to agree.”
About Walch Education
Walch Education develops and produces purpose-built instructional materials and applications for teachers and school districts. Walch works directly with school districts to create resources that are deeply aligned to the standards, local and state curricula, and districts’ requirements, and acts as a virtual extension of the districts’ curriculum departments to deliver tailored materials that aren’t available from traditional textbook publishers. Materials are delivered as printed text and work books, online, on CD, and now for the iPad and iTouch, as well as iTunesU. For more about Walch Education, visit www.walch.com .