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VLS of Brandon publishes life science e-textbook for iPad

Visual Learning Systems (VLS) launches a game changing (and first of its kind) textbook for the iPad that will revolutionize the way middle school students learn science. Tackling the challenge of engaging students in science, this new textbook taps into their natural curiosities by utilizing hands-on applications and leveraging all the features of the iPad. Packed with hundreds of captivating video clips, fun interactive and vibrant images, student curiosity is peaked, making the curriculum come alive while opening their eyes and minds to the possibility of science as a career. Embedded self-assessment quizzes create the opportunity for students to learn at their own speed and comfort level. "The book embodies the type of interactive learning we want the students to be using," said Del Ruff, director of STEM for North Carolina Virtual Public Schools.

Spanning 31 chapters and over 1,000 pages "Core Ideas in Life Science" fully supports the Next Generation Science Standards. With confidence, teachers will know that critical content is covered in an accurate, easy-to-teach, and easy-to-learn process. "The blend of well- crafted text, exciting educational videos, animations, and stunning visuals engages a wide range of students to learn in ways never before possible," said author Brian Jerome, Ph.D.

VLS used their experience in education to reignite a passion for teaching and learning science with this textbook.

Vermont-based animators, designers, videographers, and producers led by Brian Jerome, Ph.D. masterfully used their archive of videos, images, and animations to create this powerful learning tool. This talented team has created a textbook that inspires the drive to learn by using tools with which today's students are familiar and comfortable. "We've been waiting for something like this," said a District Curriculum Coordinator in Tennessee.