Current Educational Issues:Digital Textbooks<br />10/29/2009<br />Kevin Skylis<br />1<br />
Old Books, New Students<br />Current textbooks lack digital content<br />Modern students thrive in digital learning environments<br />Current textbooks fail to meet the needs of modern learners<br />
New Tools for Learning<br />Digital Textbooks can be:<br />Flexible<br />Interactive<br />Modern<br />Engaging<br />Low Cost<br />
What are Digital Textbooks?<br />No single, simple definition<br />Go beyond printed words to make “textbooks” a fluid concept<br />Integrate a variety of media<br />Can be entirely digital or a mix of print and digital<br />
Who produces digital textbooks?<br />Textbook publishing companies like: Pearson, Glencoe/McGraw Hill, and Harcourt<br />Digital textbook developers such as learning.com and Kinetic Books<br />Non-profit, open source organizations such as CK-12<br />
What are the Advantages to Schools?<br />Saves schools money!<br />Allows teachers to be more innovative in their methods<br />Integrates technology into education<br />Digital textbooks are easily adaptable<br />
What are the Benefits for Students?<br />Students don’t have to carry around lots of heavy and expensive books!<br />Learning becomes more interactive and interesting<br />Digital textbooks employ a variety of multimedia<br />Digital textbooks can be tailored to meet the needs of individual learners<br />Books in a stack.jpg<br />Author: austinevan<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/1225274637/<br />
Digital Textbooks in California<br />California recently approved 10 digital textbooks for classroom use<br />They are for high school math and science classes<br />All 10 textbooks are open source collaborations and free<br />Gov. Schwarzenegger hopes it will save money and update textbooks<br />
Drawbacks and Disadvantages<br />Many schools do not have enough computers to use digital textbooks<br />Open-source digital textbooks may contain unreliable information<br />Many students would be unable to access digital textbooks at home<br />CCDHS Classroom, Miles City.jpg<br />Author: dave_mcmt<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_mcmt/187432802/<br />
Conclusion<br />Digital textbooks enhance student learning<br />They allow teachers to teach more effectively<br />Digital textbooks are potential cost-savers for school districts<br />They enhance curriculum by integrating technology and multimedia<br />
References<br />Waters, John. "Out of Print." T.H.E Journal May 2007: 30-36. Print. <br />Surdin, Ashley. "In some classrooms, books are a thing of the past." The Washington Post. 19 Oct 2009. The Washington Post Company, Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/18/AR2009101802360.html>. <br />Fletcher, Geoffrey. "How Would You Like Your Content?." T.H.E Journal 04 Jan 08: n. pag. Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://thejournal.com/Articles/2008/04/01/How-Would-You-Like-Your-Content.aspx?sc_lang=en&Page=1>. <br />Lewin, Tamar. "In a Digital Future, Textbooks are History." The New York Times. 08 Aug 2009. The New York Times Company, Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/education/09textbook.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2>. <br />Images:<br />"books in a stack." flickr. Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/austinevan/1225274637/>. <br />"CCDHS Classroom, Miles City." flickr. Web. 29 Oct 2009. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_mcmt/187432802/>. <br />
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