Children are embracing e-books by the millions, but most say they still would choose the printed version, according to a survey released last week.
Scholastics biennial survey of 6- to 17-year-olds found e-books soaring in popularity (PDF): Forty-six percent of the 1,074 children said they had read an e-book, compared with 25 percent who said they had in 2010.
The e-book-reading numbers vary by only a few percentage points by gender or age group. But boys were slightly more likely to say that since they started reading e-books, theyre reading more books overall.
Half the young people said theyd read more books for fun if they had better access to e-books. And its clear that those surveyed are doing the lions share of e-book reading at home, rather than in school
Read more: Education Week: Children Still Prefer Print Books to E-Books.
A new report from the State Education Technology Directors Association (SETDA) points to the importance of shifting K-12 schools in the United States from printed textbooks to digital educational resources. The report released today, Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook in a Digital Age, delves into the benefits of digital and open educational resources, profiles several states that have already started making the shift, outlines the factors required for successful deployment of digital resources, and provides recommendations for meeting students’ needs.
According to the report, digital content is more flexible and cost-effective than print materials such as textbooks. Digital resources can be updated easily without the cost of reprinting. They are available anytime, anywhere for students and teachers to access in the classroom or at home. They can be personalized to meet the individual needs of students. And they allow for richer content, including high-definition graphics, videos, simulations, interactive lessons, virtual labs, and online assessments.
The report indicates that 22 states have already opened the doors to digital educational resources, either by changing their definition of textbooks to include digital resources and consequently make funding available to purchase those types of materials, or by launching digital textbook or open educational resources initiatives. However, the report points out that these policy changes alone are insufficient to ensure that the shift to digital resources takes place in a manner that is conducive to student achievement and engagement.
Read more about issues that states and school districts must address when implementing a digital or open educational resources policy: Report Recommends Shift to Digital Educational Resources Within 5 Years — THE Journal.
When Connie Dopierala was hired as the media services administrator for the Charleston County (S.C.) School District, one of her tasks was to update the district’s library books. “I was shocked by how dated some of the books were,” she says. “One school had a biography on Nelson Mandela that was written while he was still in prison.”
Some of the younger librarians suggested buying digital books, but Dopierala was skeptical. “I wanted to prove that kids still love having books in their hands,” she says. As a pilot program, the district purchased 206 digital books for the 2010-2011 school year and measured how often the books were read. Dopierala says the results blew her away. By the end of the school year, those 206 books had been accessed more than 101,000 times by K12 students all over the district. One Title I elementary school had accessed the books 58,000 times.
Full text Empowering Students with Digital Reading | District Administration Magazine.
Oxford University’s Internet Institute has published its first digital, interactive textbook for students – which will also be free to the public.
This is the latest step in the emergence of digital textbooks, driven by the growth in tablet computers.
It is also an example of how institutions are able to publish their own specialist materials.
Prof Viktor Mayer-Schonberger said this prototype book “will help to revolutionise learning tools”.
Oxford Internet Institute, part of Oxford University, has produced Geographies of the World’s Knowledge, which uses text and graphics to map the spread of information in the digital era.
It compares geographical concentrations of information – such as internet use, Wikipedia references, research activity and user content on Google.
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