I chose to frame the ebook conversation speaking of: the past, present and future.
Most of use have seen this video of medieval monks figuring out the "book." Very funny as we can all relate to something new which we can't wrap our head around. Many teachers fall in this camp and need to be reminded that technology does not move backwards.
If they complain about eBooks, show them this link at www.SpritzInc.com and they should be duly scared. (Be sure to click in the window to see reading at 250+ WPM)
See your librarian for present choices. Why?
- Kids are connected
- Devices are prolific and multiplying like bunny rabbits in Spring.
- Titles are engaging
- You don't have to carry a heavy load on your back
- It justifies those "testing devices" to be used for something other than "assessment"
- We need to keep current
- You can search by keyword and don't have to find the page -- it comes to you!
- You can read at night without a light on...your devices light it up
The moral of the story for administrators was that we already have eBooks. They need to find out what is currently available.
If your district is contemplating eBooks for eTextbooks, likely they are talking to the same textbook vendors without considering these innovative options:
Overdrive for Fiction
- GALE CLIC - US History, World History, Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science
(EXCELLENT secondary eTextbook model - especially good for schools with 1 to 1 initiatives)
- Rosen Digital Learning Center
- Scholastic TrueFlix, ScienceFlix and more...
- PowerKids Life Science
- and more...
These provide a look into textbook alternatives. These are options to consider. We are not talking flat PDF's or home-grown uploaded papers. We're talking interactivity and more. Wrap your read around eBooks and eTextbooks today. Be ready with the answers. Provide solutions. Be part of the change.