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Have you ever wondered whether your students were actually reading the material you’ve assigned them?  Have you ever asked to see the notes they’ve taken to gauge whether the text is even worthwhile?  The New York Times just published an article about a new eBook system for textbooks that lets  teachers track their students’ “engagement index.”  This CourseSmart index reflects how long and how frequently the text has been looked at as well as the number of notes that have been taken – although not the quality of the notes nor even the quality of the text.

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