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Digital Textbooks & Their Impact On Schools


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Digital Textbooks & Their Impact On Schools

  1. 1. Digital Textbooks & Their Impact on Schools<br />Katie Kalajian<br />EDU 290<br />
  2. 2. What are Digital Textbooks?<br />Digital Textbooks are books that are now available in a digital format as opposed to an actual textbook<br />These digital textbooks have become more popular because they cost less and are available to more people<br />
  3. 3. Background Information<br />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<br />The information in digital textbooks are more up-to-date<br />Author : History at the Higher Education Academy <br />
  4. 4. Why should we go Digital?<br />Legislation was necessary because during this economic crisis, it is vital that schools try their best to lower prices<br />Digital textbooks benefit students, teachers, and schools in general<br />
  5. 5. Digital textbooks must be:<br />Affordable- they should cost less than traditional textbooks<br />Printable- teachers should be able to print excerpts of a digital textbook at an affordable price<br />Accessible- “students should be able to access digital textbooks online, store them for use offline, and keep a copy for future use” <br /> (Allen, 2008)<br />
  6. 6. Impact on Education <br /><ul><li>Students are more interested in technology, therefore they may be more engaged in digital textbooks
  7. 7. For college students, they save a lot of money by not needing to buy textbooks
  8. 8. Digital textbooks will be updated with the latest information in order to keep students up-to-date</li></ul>Author : Extra Ketchup<br />
  9. 9. California Schools <br />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)<br />Governor Schwarzenegger argues that the state could save $400 million if the high school students just use digital math and science textbooks. (Surdin, 2009)<br />
  10. 10. Legislative Issues<br />Congress has recently passed legislation that requires publishers to give prices of textbooks to teachers when sold. Also, publishers may no longer sell books <br />and supplemental materials together since it costs more.<br />(Surdin, 2009)<br />
  11. 11. Criticism about Digital Textbooks<br />Not every student has access to a computer which widens the digital divide . (Lewin, 2009)<br /> 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. <br /> (Chung, 2009)<br /> The use of digital textbooks would require: <br />Money<br />Teach training<br />Bandwidth <br />Computers <br /> (Surdin, 2009)<br />Since these are open source materials not everyone trusts them to be accurate<br />
  12. 12. Students no longer need to spend money on textbooks<br />As long as students have a computer in front of them, they can access materials needed for their classes<br />Students are kept up-to-date with the latest news<br />It may cost more money to buy computers and bandwidth than schools save by not buying textbooks<br />Not all students have computers to access the textbooks<br />Not all teachers are ready to deal with the changes in technology<br />Conclusion<br />Pros of Digital Textbooks<br />Cons of Digital Textbooks<br />
  13. 13. References<br />Allen, Nicole. (2008). &quot;Course Correction: How Digital Textbooks Are Off Track, and How to Set <br /> Them Straight.&quot; Retrieved October 22, 2009, from<br /> &lt; 4/ExecutiveSummary/163571&gt;.<br />Chung, Lina. (August 17, 2009). &quot;Digital Textbooks offer a Long-term Solution.&quot; The Daily Bruin. <br /> Retrieved October 22, 2009 from &lt;<br /> textbooks-offer-long-term-solutionem/&gt;.<br />Extra Ketchup. (June 25, 2007). Flickr. Digital image. Web. Retrieved October 28, 2009 from <br /> &lt;;.<br />&quot;Gov. Schwarzenegger Releases Free Digital Textbook Initiative Phase 1 Report.&quot; (August 11, 2009). Office of the Governor. Retrieved October 19, 2009 from &lt;<br /> release/12996/&gt;.<br />History at the Higher Education Academy. (April 23, 2009). Textbooks in the Digital Age. Photograph. Flickr. Retrieved October 26, 2009 from <br /> &lt;;.<br />Lewin, Tamar. (August 8, 2009). In a Digital Future, Textbooks are History. The New York Times. <br /> Retrieved October 18, 2009 from <br /> &lt;;.<br />Surdin, Ashley. (October 19, 2009). &quot;In some classrooms, books are a thing of the past.&quot; The Washington Post. Retrieved October 19, 2009 from &lt;<br />dyn/content/article/2009/10/18/AR2009101802360.html&gt;.<br />