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    1. 1. The E-xcitement over E-books Using E-books as Assistive Technology in the Classroom By Bri tt a ny D yer Spe ci a l Educ ati on Te ach er a n d C a se M a n age r
    2. 2. What is an E-book? E-books stands for electronic books. They are books that you can retrieve and read from the internet or a download on your computer (Jackson, 2003). However, people use the term e-book to refer to the device to read from, the software needed, or the actual file (Looney, 2001). For these purposes, we will refer to e- books as the file and use the term e-book reader as the device.
    3. 3. What Kinds of E-books are there? There are all sorts of e-books. E-books can be already published books that are in print, or they can be books thats are only available online. E-books not only come in literature form, but some companies also sell or provide textbooks and reports (Jackson, 2003).
    4. 4. How does one View an e-book? E-books can be viewed on a regular laptop, PC, or Mac. However, e-books can also be used on e- book readers and devices such as the Franklin eBookMan and the goReader (Looney, 2001). Teachers can also create their own e-books for the classroom by using Microsoft Office and Clip Art (Rhodes & Milby, 2007).
    5. 5. Why E-Books? I taught a reading workshop during fall semester. It’s hard to get my students to read by themselves. We read as a class, with either me reading aloud or other students who wanted to volunteer. Looking around the room, I noticed most of my kids had their books in their laps not following along. I was getting tired of telling kids to pick up their books!
    6. 6. While looking for my next novel to read with the class on the Barnes and Noble website, I came across a button that said to download the electronic version. I looked into it and downloaded it onto my laptop. I hooked the laptop up to an overhead projector. In class, I read aloud to my students with the book projected onto the screen.
    7. 7. My students loved it! For the first time, I saw students who hated reading read from the slides. I saw students’ lips move as they read the story to themselves. They were even asking me at the beginning of the day if we were going to be reading that day.
    8. 8. Becoming a Trend In an article naming the top 5 K-12 technology trends of 2010, e-books were ranked #1. This is due to the rise in material available in more fiction and non-fiction writings. E-book use is expected to increase as technology becomes even better and as e-book readers gain color and animation tools (McCrea, 2009).
    9. 9. “Over the last 5 years, e-books are the only book publishing segment consistently showing double-digit sales increases. The Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) 2007 ‘S1 Report’ reveals that sales of e-books have enjoyed a compounded growth rate of 55.7% since 2002” (McKenzie, 2009).
    10. 10. Benefits ❀ dictionary plug-ins ❀ text-to-speech technology (Looney, 2001) ❀ enhances student confidence ❀ sound ❀ animation ❀ interactive activities (Rhodes & Milby, 2007) ❀ instant access to library books ❀ brings lessons to life ❀ connect technology to learning ❀ zoom features ❀ keyword search(McKenzie, 2009) ❀ some textbooks cost half the price of hard copies (Knutson & Fowler, 2009)
    11. 11. Weaknesses ❀ some e-books are locked, which means that they can not be shared or printed ❀ some people have complained that they are awkward and inconvenient ❀ e-book readers are expensive (Knutson & Fowler, 2009) ❀ some people find it hard to read large bodies of text on the computer ❀ technical glitches ❀ recently published works are usually not free ❀ some parents are hesitant to invest in online books ❀ “vanilla text” usually typewriter print on white background (Jackson, 2003)
    12. 12. E-books are designed for: In an article written in 2001 by M. Looney, e- books are described as devices and material used by college students. Looney states that they work best for people that read for information or for English as a Second Language Students, because of the text to speech capabilities.
    13. 13. Who Benefits from e-books? In more recent articles, e-books have evolved and are described as benefiting more types of students: ❀ students with disabilities (Rhodes and Milby, 2007) ❀ struggling readers (McKenzie, 2009)
    14. 14. E-books and Disabilities The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that states use researched based methods for teaching students to read. One way to do this is through assistive technology. How does this assistive technology help students with disabilities? For one, the e-books provide multimedia support for students who need help with understanding and comprehension. Students with physical and learning disabilities are accommodated through e-books with the capability of being able to manipulate the text format. The text-to-speech capabilities also help students who struggle with a disability. The e-books also provide increased interactivity for students who need help staying focused or just have a hard time enjoying reading (Rhodes, 2007).
    15. 15. E-books and Struggling Readers E-books help engage struggling readers by bringing books to life. Students who feel embarrassed about students seeing what they are reading no longer have to be, because other students are not able to tell what they are reading on their computer screen or e-book reader. Zoom tools, read aloud options, dictionary and key word search, also make reading more enjoyable and less of a struggle for readers that need extra support (McKenzie, 2009). In addition, text-to-speech capabilities and built in dictionaries can also help students whose first language is English (Looney, 2001).
    16. 16. Ideas for the Classroom Extract meanings of complicated texts in front of the class while students view their own copy of the book. Teach a guided reading lesson with an interactive e-book and big book in front of the whole class. Teach a grammar lesson by taking out a passage from a novel (McKenzie, 2009). To assist students with disabilities, provide them with the online version of a textbook. Have students create their own e-books by having them read aloud a book and put it to text. Have students choose two poems, and have them highlight similarities (Jackson, 2003).
    17. 17. How can you use e-books to enhance your classroom?
    18. 18. References Jackson, L. (2003) E-book excitement. Education World . Retrieved from http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/techtorial/techtorial039.html Knutson, R., & Fowler, G.A. (2009) Book smarts? e-texts recieved mixed reviews from students. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from http://www.online.wsj.com Looney, M.A. (2001) Digitizing education: a primer on ebooks. Community College Week, 14(2), 6-7. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com McCrea, B. (2009) 5 k-12 technology trends for 2010. THE Journal. Retrieved from http://www.thejournal.com/articles/2009/12/10/5-k12-technology-trends- for-2010.aspx McKenzie, D. (2009) Ebooks and the 21st century learning. Multimedia &Internet @ Schools. 16(1), 27-28. Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com
    19. 19. Rhodes, J.A, & Milby, T.M. (2007) Teacher-created electronic books: integrating technology to support readers with disabilities. Reading Teacher, 61(3), 255-259. DOI: 10.1598/RT/61.3.6 Pictures taken personally by Brittany Dyer
    20. 20. Thank You