Teaching with ActiveBooks

ActiveBooks are eBooks based on Student Books, Teacher Guides, Revision Guides or other Pearson Education titles. They are mainly available in two varieties: Front-of-Class Books, and Student Books.

You can add notes to ActiveBooks, highlight areas of interest, or even doodle in the margins! ActiveBooks also contain links to useful resources for teaching the topic on that page, or interactive student exercises related to the topic.

Troubleshooting help: Accessing ActiveBooks


Front-of-Class ActiveBooks

ActiveBooks for front-of-class teaching are designed to cover what the students see in their corresponding textbooks (or Student ActiveBooks), while adding in hotspots for relevant teaching resources and zoom areas to aid in presenting the books in high detail. They are found in the Teacher books tab in the Libarary series page.



Front-of-Class Hotspots 

Hotspots are icons that take you to front-of-class resources. They come in several different varieties, including homework exercises, documents, videos, animations, presentations, or audio files.

Typically, ocuments, presentations, PDFs, and other generic files will be downloadable, while audio files and videos and interactive activities will open in a player. 

This new resource window will include a toolbar with a few options.


  Link tool: this generates a link for this zoom area, which you can
share with other teachers. For more about links click here.

  Share with a device: use this tool to share resources with students.
For more about sharing resources click here.

  Open zoom: opens a zoom area in a new window.


  Add to playlist: adds the zoom area to your active playlist.


  Full screen: click on this tool to expand the window to full screen size. 



Front-of-Class Zoom Areas

Zoom areas are parts of the book that can be greatly enlarged when selected. Simply click/tap on the zoom area, and it will expand to fill your browser window. This can be very useful on smaller and lower-resolution displays.


Front-of-Class Book Tools

At the bottom of each book page or spread is a menu bar with a range of useful options. 


Switch: click this to switch the navigation tools to the right or the left of the screen. This can be useful when viewing books on interactive whiteboards.

Page Resources

Page Resources brings up a lit of all the front-of-class assets contained on that page. On busy pages with many assets, this can be helpful.


Add page to playlist: Click the open page or pages to add them to your active Playlist. If you are using Double Page VIew (see below), you can add either page individually.


Share link: This generates a link for the currently open page. You can copy this link and share it with other people.

Annotation tools: click to access the annotation tools (pen, highlighter and eraser).

Choose a tool, select your colour, and annotate the page. When you close the book your changes will be saved.


View playlist: Click to view your active playlist.

Table of Contents: This shows a compact list of the book's contents.  Clicking on any entry in this list will take you to the relevant page.

Toggle Page View: This button switches the book between Double and Single Page View. This can be useful for viewing a full page on a projector, whiteboard, or tablet.


Full screen: click to change to full screen mode. Click the icon again to return to the original view. The function key F11 can also be used to toggle between full screen and standard view.

Did you know?

When opened, hotspot resources and zoom areas also have a special toolbar. This includes various tools, including the Share with student device button, which allows you to share resources with your students in class. See Sharing FOC Resources for more information. 



Student ActiveBooks

Student ActiveBooks are designed for homework and practice. Like front-of-class ActiveBooks, they will open in a new window or tab, and require popup blockers to be turned off.



Like front-of-class books, student books can contain hotspots. In student books, hotspots frequently point to interactive exercises and extra resources available to students. They are usually marked by blue icons:


Student books also provide a toolbar with some useful features. This toolbar is more limited than the one provided for front-of-class books.

Annotation: click to access the annotation tools (pen, highlighter, and eraser). Choose a tool, select your colour and annotate the page. When you close the book your changes will be saved.

Add note: click to open a "sticky note". You can write in the note, change its size, and move it around on the page. The note is saved when you close the book.

Zoom: if the magnifying glass has a + sign, clicking will zoom in. If it has a − sign, clicking will zoom out.

Show/Hide Notes

Show/Hide notes: Toggle between showing and hiding any saved notes on a page.

Table of Contents: This shows a compact list of the book's contents.  Clicking on any entry in this list will take you to the relevant page.



Revision Guides and Workbooks

Most Revision Guides and Workbooks do not have the hotspots found in other ActiveBooks, but still include a toolbar for writing notes, drawing, and highlighting. In some older Revision Guides and Workbooks the toolbar may look different, but the features are the same as those provided for student ActiveBooks.



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