Etextbook teaching strategies


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In this Webinar, presented by Jared Dees, Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press, you will learn elearning teaching strategies for to use with e-textbooks. Teachers will find this advice very useful in this digital age.

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  • My name is Jared Dees, I am the Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press.
    I have experience as a catechist, youth minister, and religion teacher at both the middle school and high school level. Although I am no expert on technology, like many of you, I have learned by experience the many benefits of using technology. I have also had my struggles. Many things have huge learning curves with more hassle than they are worth.
    The goal to day is to introduce you to some tools that are out there and provide some tips for using them. I will also be sharing with you some of the tools we offer at Ave Maria Press.
  • Here is how I would like to organize today’s presentation:
    Effective Instruction never changes. People continue to learn in the same ways even though the media they use to learn changes.
    Therefore, this presentation will be organized around ways you already teach.
  • This adds up to about 5 hours, by the way.
  • (in addition to the cost savings and durability)
  • What did we do in the past?
    Notecards: coded at the top corner, filed in a system
    Lay out the notecards for writing
    Simple Word documents with lots of information
    Evernote: my #1 note-taking tool of choice:
    Send from anywhere, use on any computer, smart phone or on the web
    Creation of notes, send web pages, pdfs, emails, etc.
    Organized in Folders, tags, and search
    Web clipping
    Microsoft OneNote – evernote without cloud computing
    Great for manipulating PDF notes
    Word Doc/Google Docs (google docs = collaboration)
    Excellent bookmarking tool
    Social aspect with sharing of links
    Highlight and take notes on webpages
    Bookmark and Take a snapshot of webpages
    Organize by tags
    List – display bookmarks
  • Using Facebook effectively
    Surpassed Google as #1 site on the web
    Google Docs
    Excellent collaboration tools
    Now with real time collaboration, editing
    A number of teachers use this effectively
    If you are not familiar with a wiki…essential a group of people can collaborate to create and edit
    If you can get past the technical difficulty, then it is a great tool
    Easy to set up
    Have students blog add entries themselves, or comment on what others have written
    More and more schools and teachers are using Moodle
    Course Management System
    Great fore creating a home of your course online: communication, content, assignments, and more
    Upload Assignments
    Great for conversation at desks
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
    Microsoft Publisher
    Google Docs: Presentation
    Adds collaboration opportunity
    Zoho Show
    Dark horse
    More editing options
    Collaboration like Google Docs
    Upload pictures, videos, music and it creates a video
  • Mention Ave Maria Press redesign
  • Etextbook teaching strategies

    1. 1. E-textbook Teaching Strategies Presented by Ave Maria Press © 2010
    2. 2. Opening Prayer Feast of St. Charles Borromeo Patron Saint of Catechists O Saintly reformer, animator of spiritual renewal of priests and religious, you organized true seminaries and wrote a standard catechism. Inspire all religious teachers and authors of catechetical books. Move them to love and transmit only that which can form true followers of the Teacher who was divine. Amen.
    3. 3. What has worked for you? Type your most successful e-textbook or laptop teaching strategy or activity in the Questions section of the Go To Webinar Panel.
    4. 4. Are you purchasing e-textbooks this year? Unsure No Yes
    5. 5. About the Presenter Jared Dees Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press Email
    6. 6. Advanced Organizer 1. Teenage Digital Natives 2. How Teens Use Technology to Learn 3. Details on E-textbooks 4. Additional Tools that Students Can Use 5. Tutorial of 6. Sample E-textbook Teaching Strategies
    7. 7. The Digital Natives Your students spend: • 1:22 hours watching TV per day • 1:14 hours listening to music per day • 1:30 hours on their phones per day (and send or receive 96 text messages per day) • 0:25 minutes gaming per day • 0:23 minutes on the Internet per day (1:00 hour total on the computer day)
    8. 8. This may surprise you… • Teenagers spend 0:25 minutes reading per day (more than both the Internet or gaming) • 25% of teenagers read the newspaper daily • Teenagers spend almost 18 hours LESS than adults on the Internet per week. • Teenagers spend 35% less time watching online videos than adults ages 25-34. • 77% of the time, teenagers focus on one medium at a time (myth of multi-tasking).
    9. 9. Sources on Statistics • Prensky, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants • Nielson Study, “How Teens Use Media” (June 2009) • Kaiser Family Foundation, “Daily Media Use Among Children and Teens Up Dramatically From Five Years Ago” (January 2010) • Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American public life project
    10. 10. How students learn with computers today • “Google it.” • Wikipedia • Copy & Paste Reports • Social Sharing • Video (YouTube)
    11. 11. Words of warning with technology • Multitasking • Finding Reliable Resources • Plagiarism • Turning off text-speak (LOL) • Lack of Critical Thinking • Privacy Concerns
    12. 12. Work with Parents • Parents as Partners – Convince them to monitor their children online – Send home letters or emails – Beginning of school year meeting • Social Networking Sites – Read their posts – Logout and check your son or daughter’s page • Cell Phones – Parental control time limit • Set up Google Alerts
    13. 13. Benefits of E-textbooks • Reliable information on the web • Students are comfortable with technology • Technology = engaging for teens • Students can create within the book • Integrate with other e-learning systems (i.e. Moodle, wikis, etc.)
    14. 14. E-textbook Capabilities • Projecting the book in front of the class • Examining pictures • Highlighting, note-taking, linking, book-marking • Searching within the text
    15. 15. Incorporating Other Tools Note-taking: – Evernote – Microsoft OneNote – Google Notebook – Microsoft Word Document – Google Docs Book-marking: – Delicious:
    16. 16. Online Collaboration Tools • Facebook (yep, you can’t stop it) • Google Docs: Documents, Spreadsheets, Drawings • Wikipages • Blogs: Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, Weebly, Tumbler, and more… • Moodle
    17. 17. Creating Presentations • Microsoft PowerPoint • Microsoft Publisher • Google Docs: Presentation • Zoho Show: • Animoto:
    18. 18. Creating Content Blogs Wikis Videos Webcams Cameras Podcasts
    19. 19. They’re moving!! Classroom Resources @ Handouts, Reading Guides, PowerPoints, Crossword Puzzles, Maps, Tests, Links of Interest
    20. 20. Ave Maria Press Textbooks in Xplana • Introduce the Xplana learning platform • Survey the e-textbook platform • Examples of Teaching Strategies: – Modeling note-taking and highlighting – Answering Review Questions – Pre-reading strategies – Responding to activities – Using Evernote
    21. 21. Resources for Teachers Ave Maria Press: Subscribe to the Engaging Faith blog: And sign-up for the bi-weekly eNewsletter by emailing
    22. 22. Questions/Comments? Ideas to share?