eText Invasion Kathryn CampbellSt. Paul Academy and Summit School Saint Paul, MN
InquiryWhat do you love about books?What do you love about reading?
A Timeline of Books… 3500 BC Sumerian Clay Tablets come into general use. 2400 BC Date of earliest surviving papyrus scroll with writing. 150 BC The first paper is made in China. 47 AD The largest library in the world at the time, the Library of Alexandria, is damaged by fire. Many of the great works of the ancient world are lost forever. 751 AD Paper making introduced in the Islamic world. 868 AD The first book is printed on paper in China using block printed Buddhist scripts. 1085 Papermaking is introduced into Spain. 1418 The oldest known example of the use of woodcut is created. 1456 The Gutenberg Bible, the first use of movable type and the most important invention in launching the print revolution, is published in Mainz, Germany. 1493 The earliest known etchings are created by Daniel Hopfer in Augsburg, Germany. 1522 Luthers translation of the New Testament is published. 1661 The first Bible published in America, John Eliots Algonquin Bible, is published by Samuel Green. 1841 Paperbacks are introduced by Tauchnitz Verlag in Germany. 1942 The first computer is developed in the United States. 1977 The first mass produced personal computer, the Apple II, is introduced. 1991 The World Wide Web is introduced.
Creation of the first book depends on your definition, but DiamondSutra (868 AD) is considered the “earliest complete survival of adated, printed book” (British Library Online)
Gutenberg It wasn’t until the 15th Century that printing came to the masses with Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press and his Gutenberg Bible. “For the first time in history, the written word was readily available and easily accessible, and within a short time the fields of science, art, religion, politics, and literature were transformed by printing.” (Gutenberg to Gates)
The question of Text By definition, eText or electronic text, is text that exists in a form that computer can store or display on a computer screen What are the ways you read eText already?Using etext is not a question of “Do you like print or electronicbooks? We live in a world where we seamlessly transition fromone to the other. And so do our students.
Our Story Goals & Student Skills Experience Discussion
Welcoming the students to eBooksOur summer read was Logicomix, a graphic novel exploring many of the conceptswe would explore in class. The remainder of texts for this course were free,downloadable ePub books from Project Gutenberg. For a uniform readingexperience, I asked students to download the Kindle for PC app onto yourToshiba before the first day of class. http://tinyurl.com/chpmx37They downloaded our primary texts by using the links below:Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (Kindle w/images): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/829Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Kindle no images): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/84Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (Kindle no images): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1342A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (Kindle no images): http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/98
More reading optionsIn British Literature II, we will be using e-texts with audio options. There are manyadvantages to stepping toward virtual text: (1) You can read anywhere on any readingdevice including iPad, smartphone, computer… (2) You will never have to worry aboutcompleting your reading if you forgot your book in your locker, because there is no“book” to forget (3) With audio versions, you can read while driving to and from school,during your sports practice (if personal listening devices are allowed for running orweight training time), while helping make dinner (4) You can take the money you wouldspend on books for English class and invest it somewhere else in your life.If you would like to use audio texts for your reading, please download the mp3 files from LibriVox:Gulliver’s Travels:http://librivox.org/gullivers-travels-by-jonathan-swift/Frankenstein (1818 version):http://librivox.org/frankenstein-or-the-modern-prometheus-1818-by-mary-wollstonecraft-shelley/Pride and Prejudice:http://librivox.org/pride-and-prejudice-by-jane-austen/A Tale of Two Cities:http://librivox.org/a-tale-of-two-cities-by-charles-dickens/
What were the goals?2-5 minutes:What would be your goals ifyou moved to eBooks in yourclassroom?- What skills would you want to keep?- What would you want to add?
Goals & Skills What did I hope the students would gain? “Read with a pencil, computer, and dictionary” Esthetic Accessibility Stronger annotation skills Trending Screen share Citation
A Look into our eBooks Our first text: Gulliver’s Travels
…but it really is about eText Each unit also includes: (P&P Examples) Historical context – (BBC Interactive Timeline) An essay – (“Vindication of the Rights of Women” @ Bartleby) A “Bonus” – (Jane Austen at Hark! A Vagrant) A poem – Romantic Era poetry “She Walks in Beauty” by Lord Byron Rules of society – (Regency Era card games, dancing, fashion, rules of dating, titles and power, superstition, the “God” debate, industrialization and country life…) This allows for incorporation of the nonfiction voice, voices of diversity and can come as links (annotated on Diigo) or PDF in the web collection, or as handouts or activities in the classroom.
Were we successful? Students in the BL classroom took three surveys Post Gulliver’s Travels (their first book) Post Pride and Prejudice (their second to last book) Final Course Evaluation
…and the debate continuesEducation Chief wants textbooks banned (National Press Club) - FOX News -http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/10/02/education-chief-duncan-wants-textbooks-to-become-obsolete/Long Live Paper - NYTimes Opinions -http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/10/opinion/long-live-paper.htmlDoes the Brain Like eBooks? – NYTimes Room for Debate –http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/10/14/does-the-brain-like-e-books/eTexts can report back on student reading habits - Chronicle of Higher Education -http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/now-e-textbooks-can-report-back-on-students-reading-habits/40928Why Printed Books Will Never Die - Mashablehttp://mashable.com/2013/01/16/e-books-vs-print/Interactive eBook Apps: The Reinvention of Reading and Interactivityhttp://uxmag.com/articles/interactive-ebook-apps-the-reinvention-of-reading-and-interactivitySummer Reading Recommendation:Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Stonemctereads.blogspot.com
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