Digital Textbooks By Alex Zapinski
- Textbooks are a major sources of information for students.
- They provide information to the students so that they are able to follow along with what the teacher is teaching.
- Textbooks are NOT meant to be the only resource for a student: the main resource should be the teacher.
Problems with Textbooks
- The average middle school student carries around 15 to 20 percent of their body weight in their backpacks 1 .
- Textbooks are a reason that this load is so heavy.
- A textbook can weigh between 3-5 pounds 2 .
- Three textbooks could weigh up to 15 pounds!
The Digital Switch
- Textbooks are beginning to become digital
- This began with online help sites
- Offer handouts, study guides, and extra sources of information 3
- Textbooks are now available digitally with the purchase of the hard copy of the textbook
- The most current technological advancement comes with the ability to buy and read textbooks digitally
What is a Digital Textbook?
- “ Digital” just means that it is available and can be used on a computer 4 .
- A digital textbook contains the same things as the printed version, if not more.
- Digital textbooks are also called eBooks.
How Digital Textbooks Work
- Digital textbooks are downloaded onto a computer and can be read through software or online.
- Software- Adobe Reader 5 or Adobe Digital Editions eBook Reader.
- Some books can only be viewed for a period of time, like a rental, or they can be owned forever.
- Some eBooks are capable of being shared, printed, and copied.
- In schools, laptops will be loaded with the textbooks and are checked out at the beginning of the year 7.
Impact on Students
- They will now have access to textbooks without having to actually take a book with them.
- Ability to use supplemental material increases.
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- Students will have more ways to interact with the material that is presented to them.
Digital Texts in the Classroom
- No waiting for updated and correct versions 7
- More interactive learning experience
- Will keep children on the upper end of the technology curve
One Laptop per Child
- Laptops can assist under privileged students more than just textbooks
- Environmentally friendly 8
- No technology knowledge needed
Digital vs. Print Honou
- Can be too heavy and bulky
- The state of California spends up to $400M annually on K-12 textbooks 11
- California Open Source Textbook Project (COSTP)
- Offers easy access to textbooks for less money
California’s Example California
- Will save California upwards of $200M+ per year for K-12 textbook allocation within five years.
- Personal readers are becoming available
- Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. Can be loaded with up to 1,500 standard books at one time 12 .
- These small readers will be easier to carry around than laptops containing textbooks.
derechoaleer Future of Textbooks
- Prices for these readers will go down, making them more accessible to schools.
- Eventually digital textbooks will become the cheaper and more convenient aide to classrooms.
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- “ Students may one day be given district-issued laptops with every class's books installed 7 ”
- Until Digital textbooks become more affordable and accessible, the majority of textbooks in schools will still be available in a paper form.
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