Tech Trends: Online Textbooks

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Tech Trends: Online Textbooks

Tech Trends: Online Textbooks

Horizon's K-12 2013 Report predicts that open content (including online textbooks) will be widespread in two to three years. There are many reasons for this trend. Lower cost of text materials, high student engagement and more access to content are just some of the benefits. Here are articles, tools, quotes, and videos I found. Use this Glog to to find out more about this trend.

My Research

Horizon Report K-12 2013

The article from the report started me researching online textbooks. The article from the New York Times was very insightful. The quote below illustrates the need to engage today's students with digital resources instead of textbooks.

“Consistent with teachers’ views of reading and content learning, secondary school students place greater value on their teachers’ oral and written texts (such as lectures, study guides, outlines, and conceptual maps) and on the texts they generate themselves in class (such as lecture notes) than they do on official course textbooks.”

My next article came from Reading Online. This article explained in detail the reasons students, teachers, and schools are drawn away from traditional textbooks.

“Students may not be reading because they find classroom texts to be inconsiderate, difficult to comprehend, or not engaging.”

I started by reading Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age in the "Further Reading" of the open content section of the report.

"In a Digital Future, Textbooks are History" New York Times

"The Role of Text in Classroom Learning: Beginning an Online Dialogue" Reading Online

"The Educator's Guide to the Read/Write Web" Educational Leadership

Video: Turn Your Classroom into a Virtual Textbook by Family Online Safety Institute

“Teachers need digital resources to find those documents, those blogs, those wikis that get them beyond the plain vanilla curriculum in the textbooks.” (p1)

My last research article from Educational Leadership explained the positive outcomes of students using digital tools to become creators, collaborators, and owners of their work.

After reading the articles, I took my research to YouTube where I found this video highlighting digital classroom learning and three tools to use.

"Digital tools allow students to easily work together outside school—for example, collaborating on projects through instant messaging or text messaging on phones—and to share the results of that work with a broader audience. We should encourage such collaboration and outreach. Instead of just collecting student work to be graded and discarded at the end of the year, teachers could urge students to publish their work online so that others can learn from that work and interact with students about the ideas it contains." (p.3)

I checked out the tools mentioned in the video. Khan Academy has a free app to use on devices. TED-Ed is my favorite. The videos are great, and I love the way teachers can create their own lessons using videos or "flip" videos already loaded. I used this one with my English 9 students.

I found the video below while researching. The camera work is rough, but it is an interesting example of real students using online textbooks.

Use my research! Follow the timeline of my research and click on the article titles to learn on your own!


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