Hi, my name is Katie Kalajian and today I will be discussing Digital Textbooks and their impact on schools.
Digital textbooks are books that are available in digital format as opposed to an actual textbook. This digital format has become more and more popular due to multiple circumstances.
First of all, digital textbooks make it easy for the teachers to interact with students in regards to textbook material because they can project the material onto a screen. Also, information in these textbooks are more up-to-date.
One of the biggest reasons for going digital is because digital textbooks cost less than traditional textbooks. During this economic crisis, it is important to spend money wisely, and using digital textbooks is a great way to save money.
There are three important aspects of digital textbooks. According to writer Nicole Allen, digital textbooks should be affordable, printable, and accessible to all students.
Digital textbooks will impact students of all ages. Even younger kids are more interested in technology, which will make them more engaged in digital textbooks. Also, college students will have an interest in going digital because it saves them a lot of money.
Many schools have decided to start using digital textbooks. One state in particular that has made a large step in integrating digital textbooks into their schools is California. In May of 2009 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the Digital Textbook Initiative. By providing schools with these free textbooks, the Governor argues that the state could save $400 million.
Congress has recently decided to take action in regards to textbooks by passing legislation that requires publishers to give prices of textbooks to teachers when sold. Also, Congress is trying to lower prices by saying that publishers may no longer sell books and supplemental materials together.
Although some schools are very excited about digital textbooks, some schools think the consequences outweigh the benefits. Though digital textbooks themselves don’t cost as much as regular textbooks, the price of computers and bandwidth is going to be expensive. Also, not every student has access to a computer which makes it impossible for these students to use digital textbooks.
Overall, there are many pros and cons of digital textbooks. Whether people like it or not, the world is becoming a more technological place and students are learning to use technology at a young age. Bringing this change in technology to schools will hopefully benefit students, teachers, and schools all over the world.
Digital Textbooks & Their Impact on Schools Katie Kalajian EDU 290
What are Digital Textbooks? Digital Textbooks are books that are now available in a digital format as opposed to an actual textbook These digital textbooks have become more popular because they cost less and are available to more people
Background Information 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-date Author : History at the Higher Education Academy
Why should we go Digital? Legislation was necessary because during this economic crisis, it is vital that schools try their best to lower prices Digital textbooks benefit students, teachers, and schools in general
Digital textbooks must be: Affordable- they should cost less than traditional textbooks Printable- teachers should be able to print excerpts of a digital textbook at an affordable price Accessible- “students should be able to access digital textbooks online, store them for use offline, and keep a copy for future use” (Allen, 2008)
Students are more interested in technology, therefore they may be more engaged in digital textbooks
For college students, they save a lot of money by not needing to buy textbooks
Digital textbooks will be updated with the latest information in order to keep students up-to-date
Author : Extra Ketchup
California Schools In May of 2009, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger launched the Digital Textbook Initiative which meant providing schools with ten free digital textbooks for the high school level. (Gov. Schwarzenegger, 2009) Governor Schwarzenegger argues that the state could save $400 million if the high school students just use digital math and science textbooks. (Surdin, 2009)
Legislative Issues Congress has recently passed legislation that requires publishers to give prices of textbooks to teachers when sold. Also, publishers may no longer sell books and supplemental materials together since it costs more. (Surdin, 2009)
Criticism about Digital Textbooks Not every student has access to a computer which widens the digital divide . (Lewin, 2009) Some school districts complain that digital textbooks haven’t met educational standards. Other school districts are worried about digital textbooks costing more than originally planned. (Chung, 2009) The use of digital textbooks would require: Money Teach training Bandwidth Computers (Surdin, 2009) Since these are open source materials not everyone trusts them to be accurate
Students no longer need to spend money on textbooks As long as students have a computer in front of them, they can access materials needed for their classes 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 textbooks Not all students have computers to access the textbooks Not all teachers are ready to deal with the changes in technology Conclusion Pros of Digital Textbooks Cons of Digital Textbooks
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