School Improvement Network Announces LiveBook, a New Category of Online Learning

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On May 1, 2012, School Improvement Network will release an entirely new learning platform called LiveBook that is slated to revolutionize professional development learning.

LiveBook to be Released on May 1, 2012

Your LiveBook is programmed to enable you to collaborate in real time to other readers and even the author about your notes and the concepts in the book.

School Improvement Network has announced the May 1, 2012, release of LiveBook, a new reading platform based in rich media, real-time author updates and collaboration, and an integrated learning community.

The only similarity between the LiveBook platform and ebooks is that they are both published online. But just as the smartphone is much more than a cell phone, LiveBooks push far beyond the functionality of an ebook. Rather than a single, concluded piece of work, LiveBook learning continues to grow by enabling collaboration between the readers and the author. With LiveBook, readers can participate in the text, influence the world-wide discussion of particular elements of that text, and contribute to pool of knowledge that gathers around all users.

“This is the most exciting aspect of the new platform,” Curtis Linton explains. “When you purchase a LiveBook, you’ll not only read it, highlight passages, and take notes, but you will also share those passages and notes with other readers and with the author him or herself. Most importantly, your LiveBook is programmed to enable you to collaborate in real time to other readers and even the author about your notes and the concepts in the book. You can enter the conversation using any variety of rich content: you can write text, post videos, upload audio files, or link to the Web. And as you create a community of ideas around your LiveBook, the author can revise or post new chapters at any time, changing and updating the book based upon the ideas developed by you and your LiveBook community.”

School Improvement Network is developing a library of LiveBooks, which will be published in coming months and years. The first of these, Mapping to the Core by Heidi Hayes Jacobs, will be released along with the online professional development LiveBook platform on May 1, 2012. LiveBook will be accompanied by its implementation counterpart, Mapping to the Core LivePlanner. To learn more about LiveBook and LivePlanner, visit

To reserve your copy, or to learn more about LiveBook and School Improvement Network, visit To sign up for a free 30-day trial of School Improvement Network’s premier professional development platform, PD 360, visit

About School Improvement Network
Founded in 1991 by teachers, the School Improvement Network provides comprehensive, research-based professional development anytime, anywhere. School Improvement Network is home of the Video Journal of Education, PD 360, Observation 360, the Learning 360 Framework, Equity 360, and Common Core 360. These and other award-winning resources focus on the most relevant topics, feature the top experts, and show educators how to put theory into practice. School Improvement Network works with thousands of schools and districts in every state and around the world and has visited over 3,500 classrooms to document best practices in action. Learn more at

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