FAQs

General

  1. Why a new edition now?
  2. When is the next curriculum review in Ontario?
  3. What's new in the new edition?
  4. Is this text Ministry approved?
About the new Teacher resource: Law in Action Interactive eGuide
  1. When will the Teacher's Resource be available?
  2. Why change to an eGuide format for the Teacher's Resource?
  3. What is the format of the eGuide?
  4. What is a USB drive?
  5. Will a print version of the eGuide be available?
  6. Can I add to the Media Bank in the eGuide?
  7. Can I share the eGuide with colleagues at my school who also teach Law?
  8. How much does the eGuide cost?
About the Cases
  1. How many new cases are there?
  2. Have you kept the classic or landmark cases?
  3. How often are the cases updated in the Case Bank?
  4. Can I update the cases in the Case Bank?
  5. Who will be updating the cases?
  6. How will I be notified when cases are updated?


1.  Q:  Why a new edition now?

A:  There are several reasons why a new edition of Law in Action is published this year. The first is basic wear-and-tear on the books themselves. It has been over five years since the last edition, and it is still five years from a new revised curriculum (2013 for Ontario). Secondly, updates to cases were needed. We have over 140 cases in this new edition, 108 of which are brand new. Lastly, identified challenges in the Law classroom have called for a more sympathetic revision that helps support Law teachers with:

  • student engagement
  • updates to cases on an ongoing basis
  • guided cases to help support student understanding
For examples of how these factors are addressed in the new Law in Action, please see Preview Products.

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2.  Q:  When is the next curriculum review in Ontario?

A:  The next curriculum review in Ontario will begin over the coming few years, but implementation of new curriculum will not begin until 2013.

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3.  Q:  What's new in the new edition?

A:  The new edition of Law in Action includes:

  • 108 new cases
  • New features to enhance student engagement including Law in the Extreme, and Issues
  • A revolutionary new teacher planning tool called the Interactive eGuide
For more on Student Text features, see Preview Products. For more on the eGuide, see Support.

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4.  Q:  Is this text Ministry approved?

A:  In both Ontario and B.C., Law in Action will be submitted for Ministry approval in the Fall of 2009. Join our community so we can keep you posted on Ministry listings.

About the new Teacher resource: Law in Action Interactive eGuide

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5.  Q:  When will the Teacher's Resource be available?

A:  The new Interactive eGuide will be available in August, 2009.

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6.  Q:  Why change to an eGuide format for the Teacher's Resource?

A:  Based on teacher feedback, it was clear that a new format for a Teacher's Resource was needed. The interactive, digital format allows teachers to navigate the guide more easily, personalize lesson plans and line masters, link easily to Web sites, and receive updated cases. Equally as important is the fact that a digital format is a step in a greener direction! For more on the eGuide, see Support.

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7.  Q:  What is the format of the eGuide?

A:  The eGuide will be packaged in for the form of a USB drive, with a lanyard for portability and ease of use. For more on the eGuide, see Support.

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8.  Q:  What is a USB drive?

A:  It's a small portable data storage device that connects to a standard jack on your computer. It's sometimes called a memory stick or key, or a flash drive. The one for the eGuide is about the size and weight of a pen, and will be attached to a lanyard for easy portability.

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9.  Q:  Will a print version of the eGuide be available?

A:  No, as Pearson is serious about our commitment to the environment and is therefore making initial steps away from print media and moving towards digital media delivery. However, the eGuide does provide teachers with the flexibility to print lesson plans or line masters when required.

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10.  Q:  Can I add to the Media Bank in the eGuide?

A:  Yes, simply by creating a folder in the Tab called My Notes, where you can add media when and where you see fit.

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11.  Q:  Can I share the eGuide with colleagues at my school who also teach Law?

A:  Yes. Once you have purchased one eGuide you have purchased a school site license. This allows you to take the USB drive and download the eGuide contents onto your own computer, the school network, or your home computer, as well as the computers of your fellow Law teachers. However, the eGuide rights do not extend beyond your school building, and cannot therefore be shared with teachers at other schools.

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12.  Q:  How much does the eGuide cost?

A:  The eGuide is literally 4 components in one handy format:

  • a Teacher's Resource binder (value $200)
  • a Test Item Bank (value $200)
  • Projectable Student Text files (value $200)
  • Law in Action Web Site (value $200)

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13.  Q:  How many new cases are there?

A:  There are 108 new cases, plus new and alternate cases will be added on an on-going basis to the Law in Action Web Site..

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14.  Q:  Have you kept the classic or landmark cases?

A:  Yes, we kept 33 of the most popular landmark cases based on teacher feedback.

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15.  Q:  How often are the cases updated in the Case Bank?

A:  Cases will be updated once a semester, in August and again in January.

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16.  Q:  Can I update the cases in the Case Bank?

A:  Yes, by simply creating a folder in the Tab called My Notes, where you can add media or cases when and where you see fit.

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17.  Q:  Who will be updating the cases?

A:  Pearson will have our authors and/or legal reviewers find and paraphrase new cases. Cases will be rewritten as necessary for appropriateness of reading level.

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18.  Q:  How will I be notified when cases are updated?

A:  There is a What's New tab in the eGuide that will show all updates.

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