Digital storybooking and etextbooks are taking over the world by storm. It is making classrooms eaiser for some teachers but harder for others.
Readdefination. This media can come in forms of textbooks and storybooks. In many ways it will save a company money but in some other ways it will not be benifisual to the user.
A digital story has to be read on a E-book reader. They also can be read on some softwares for laptops but this software has to purchased to be compatible. The e-book readers are very lightwight and are easy to carry around. Most of the books come from open source software on the internet. This open source software comes from most of the companys that come with the book reader or also the textbook companys are coming out with their own software now. The sotrys can be projected onto a big screen, printed, edited, and also you can embed videos or sound into each story if you want. This is nice for college students because they can study by highlighting something, also if they take their book to class and they want to catch something they think the professor is going to say that’s important about a topic they could record them and have somthign to refer back to.
Students can highlight and take notes right on their computer screen. They can enlarge a picture or words if it is needed. Also study guides can be done right on the compter. This makes things for teachers eaiser. They are saving paper because they don’t have to make copys of something if a student doesn’t have their book or worksheet one day. Also it saves the envionement because it can be updated anytime. Teachers and students will not have to get yearly books because of this. Only one version of the book will ever be made, and edits will be made to it if needed and an update will be sent out. The ajustments can be made by the teacher in each studetns situation to whatever best fits him or her.
Schools will have to purchace the E-book readers and also the software for their main compters if they transfer to digital books. Some of the compters they already own may not be compatible with this software and therfor they would have to update their computers. This costs them more money that some schools may not have. For some students reading on an e-reader will be harder than just reading out of book. If you get the print outs there not the same for that student since they cannot edit it the same as their fellow studetns. Also the digital divide will be much more proment with this addition to schools. If a student does not understand computers or does not have access to things at home to do their homework it will be a problem.
The state is gettting funding for these digital storybooks. They are trying them out in schools and seeing how teachers, studetns, and administraters approve or dissapprove. Instead of putting as much focas on the paper copies they are resorting to the digital books. Some rumors for the furtures are that each school is going to become digital. They hope to have this accomplished by 2013. There will be a diffence between the rich and the poor and it will show in the schools. Hopefully schools will only decide to have some corses online so studetns who may be less fortunate don’t have to take those classes.
In an Elementary classroom you can record things for students to do with each activity. Also many of the books tell you right what to do. If a student needs help reading the book can read to them. Also they can do the activitys that come with each story. They can dray with them and highlight things they may not understand.
Some schools are trying out some online courses expecially in California. They are allowing students that need some extra creadits or just want a new kind of elective to chance a class that involves a digital storybook. Most stuendt are enjoying it and administraters seem to love the idea.
Digital storybooks/textbooks<br />Taking over<br />Teachers/students<br />Introduction<br />goXunuReviews<br />
“Digital textbooks offer various interactive functions, and provide the learner with a combination of textbooks, reference books, workbooks, dictionaries and multimedia contents such as video clips, animations, and virtual reality, both at school and at home, without the constraints of time and space.” Wikipedia<br />Textbooks<br />Storybooks<br />What is a digital book?<br />
They are lightweight<br />“Open source” software<br />What to do with the media<br />How do they work<br />
How going digital is good<br />How students use it<br />Teachers benefits<br />Envionmental<br />Ajust to fit students needs. (board, laptop, print outs)<br />
Certain programs<br />Certain computers/readers<br />Harder to read<br />Digital divide<br />How going digital is bad<br />
Looking into K-12<br />What is Legislatrue doing<br />State funding<br />Directions this is taking them<br />All schools 2013<br />Rich/Poor<br />Certincorces online<br />
Trials<br />Few online courses<br />Teachers using it in their classrooms instead<br />administraters<br />What schools are doing now<br />
The New York Times<br />http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/09/education/09textbook.html?pagewanted=2&_r=1<br />The Washington Post<br />http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/18/AR2009101802360_2.html<br />Wikipedia<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Textbook <br />Web Referecnes<br />
Wikipedia<br />http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:DT_USE1.png<br />Flickr<br />http://www.flickr.com/photos/43602175@N06/4070018782/<br />All photos are hyperlinked to the site also.<br />Photo references<br />