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Students Current textbooks lack digital
Modern students thrive in
digital learning environments
Current textbooks fail to
meet the needs of modern
New Tools for Learning
What is a Digital Textbook?
Go beyond printed words to make
“textbooks” a fluid concept
Integrate a variety of media
Can be entirely digital or a mix of print and
Digital Textbooks are books that are now
available in a digital format as opposed to
an actual textbook
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Digital Textbooks Vs Printed Textbooks
Digital Textbooks Printed Textbooks
Multi-media learning materials
like video and virtual, etc
Type of materials
Text and image centered flat,
linear learning materials
Fast reflection of new facts
Conversion of data
Difficult to convert since data
Link to various educational
materials or DBs
Much time and cost required
to find data outside textbooks
Information devices (TPCs'
and desktop PCs, etc.)
Contents delivering media Printed media
Possible study between other
grades in the course or linking
to other courses
Relationship to other courses
Individual learning materials
separated between courses
study among teachers,
students and computers
activities and self-leading
Effect of lessons
Simultaneous lesson in which
it is difficult to have class for
each learner’s ability
Major Functions of Digital textbook
Who Can Use Digital Textbooks?
They are more engaging for everyone.
Students K-12 will be able to use them.
Teachers will be navigating them.
They are even branching out to everyone.
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Why are Digital Textbooks Important?
Digital textbooks open students up to the benefits of
It’s important for students to become comfortable
Students and educators can’t stop the future and it’s
in our hands.
Digital textbooks benefit students, teachers, and
schools in general
Digital Textbooks are also being used in the classroom
because a teacher can download the textbooks and
project them on a screen in order to interact with the
students in regards to the textbook materials
The information in digital textbooks are more up-to-
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Digital textbooks must be:
1. Affordable- they should cost less
than traditional textbooks
2. Printable- teachers should be able
to print excerpts of a digital
textbook at an affordable price
3. Accessible- “students should be
able to access digital textbooks
online, store them for use offline,
and keep a copy for future use”
Who produces digital textbooks?
Textbook publishing companies like: Pearson, Glencoe/McGraw Hill,
Digital textbook developers such as learning.com and Kinetic Books
Non-profit, open source organizations such as CK-12
Three major textbook publishers — Pearson, McGraw-Hill, and
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt — are working to provide content priced
at $14.99 and under using digital text books.
DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS READERS
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Impact on Education
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o Students are more interested in
technology, therefore they may be
more engaged in digital textbooks
o Students can save a lot of money by
not needing to buy textbooks
o Digital textbooks will be updated
with the latest information in order
to keep students up-to-date
Saves schools money!
Allows teachers to be more
innovative in their methods
Integrates technology into
Digital textbooks are easily
Digital Textbooks are used on a
computer or other electronic
devices which makes them eco
Digital Textbooks can be updated.
They are eco friendly.
What are the Benefits for
Students don’t have to carry around lots
of heavy and expensive books!
Learning becomes more interactive and
Digital textbooks employ a variety of
Digital textbooks can be tailored to
meet the needs of individual learners
Students are welcoming digital
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The Impact on Educators
The digital textbooks will hold more information than a
Teachers will have to adjust to the changes.
Students will be able to complete assignments on their
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Drawbacks and Disadvantages
Many schools do not have enough
computers to use digital textbooks
Open-source digital textbooks may
contain unreliable information
Many students would be unable to
access digital textbooks at home
Homework must be done at a
Students will not be able to flip
through the textbook because it will
be on a computer.
A sense of traditional textbooks is
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The use of digital
textbooks would require:
2) Teach training
Some school districts
complain that digital
textbooks haven’t met
Other school districts are
worried about digital
textbooks costing more
than originally planned.
Not every student has access to a
computer which widens the digital
divide . (Lewin, 2009)
Since these are open source
materials not everyone trusts them
to be accurate
CRITICISM ABOUT DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS
Students no longer need
to spend money on
As long as students have
a computer in front of
them, they can access
materials needed for
Students are kept up-to-
date with the latest news
It may cost more money
to buy computers and
bandwidth than schools
save by not buying
Not all students have
computers to access the
Not all teachers are
ready to deal with the
changes in technology
PROS OF DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS CONS OF DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS
Case Study 1 - Shaping the Path to Digital: The Indiana
University eTexts Initiative
More than half of the students (about 60 percent) preferred eTexts to print, with the
scores ranging from 84 percent to 36 percent, depending on the course. [snip]. The
students especially preferred eTexts when the instructors actively used the text and
provided annotations for the students. Students were also more likely to prefer eTexts if
they had used one in a previous class.
Instructor annotations, sustainability, and cost were the top three reasons students gave
for preferring eTexts. Students also appreciated the fact that eTexts were not as heavy
as regular textbooks and liked the options for adding and sharing their own annotations
About 22 percent of the students reported that they read more of the eTexts than they
would have if they were using a printed text; conversely, 55 percent said they read less
than they would have from a printed text.
In general, students reported very few issues in making the transition to eTexts. Ten
percent of those surveyed retained their preference for printed textbooks; however,
system logs showed that 68 percent of the students printed no pages during the pilot
study, and only 19 percent printed more than fifty pages. [snip].
Faculty participating in the study reported that using eTexts made them think more about
the text they were choosing for their class and how they could use it more effectively to
improve their teaching.
Case Study – 2 Embedded Digital Textbooks in Online
Courses: Case Study of Enrollment Trends, Outcomes and
Brandman University completed a pilot program to combine
delivery of embedded digital textbooks
• Findings showed no difference in enrollment or student
retention between online courses
utilizing digital textbooks and online courses utilizing
• Findings indicated that students who completed a course
utilizing embedded online text were more satisfied, open
to using online texts in the future, and showed less
preference towards physical textbooks.
• In addition, textbook cost factors appeared to have a
direct impact on student satisfaction with both the text and
Case Study - 3 Digital Textbooks in California
California recently approved 10 digital textbooks for
They are for high school math and science classes
All 10 textbooks are open source collaborations and
Gov. Schwarzenegger hopes it will save money and
California’s Digital Textbooks
Arnold Schwarzenegger is trying to
promote digital textbooks in schools.
A state law in California was passed.
There is more information in digital
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Some believe this favors schools that have more
Teachers and students would need time to adapt
to the changes.
Although it is a good idea, it’s not going to work.
Digital Textbooks are easy to use and can be used by anyone.
Technology is growing and we must adapt.
They are eco-friendly.
Digital textbooks enhance student learning
They allow teachers to teach more effectively
Digital textbooks are potential cost-savers for school districts
They enhance curriculum by integrating technology and multimedia
There are benefits and draw backs to digital textbooks for educators
The switch to digital textbooks is already in the process.