Thursday, June 03, 2004

Electronic Textbooks

According to the article, Textbooks of the Future , electronic textbooks will be a wonderful tool for the classroom. Students using electronic textbooks will be able to search the text with only a click of the button, and answer the questions at the end of the chapters by copying and pasting.

Students are fascinated with technology, computers, and everything new and better. Perhaps electronic textbooks will encourage our children to work harder and improve their grades. Students also love to spend time on their computers; and with electronic textbooks, they can study and discuss with their friends simultaneously.

Perhaps the most significant advantage I see for electronic textbooks is the adaptability to different learning styles. Each student could have the opportunity to learn using the method they prefer. As well as a great support for the different learning styles, electronic textbooks would eliminate many of the problems associated with teaching ESL students.

As a classroom teacher, I struggle with motivating each of my students to want to learn and to recognize the need to learn. I also struggle with meeting the different needs of each of my students. If electronic textbooks can provide all the qualities mentioned in the article, I truly hope all schools will be able to implement the texts for their students. Even though no one item will solve all the classroom challenges and meet all the needs of our students, electronic textbooks would assist in some of these challenges.


Blogger VHebard said...

Anything to motivate a student is welcoming. I do believe that this will motivate many students. It will also motivate teachers. This will also make teachers become more aware of different technologies and how to use them.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Brittany Pyles said...

I agree with you that a HUGE advantage of using the electronic textbooks is the fact that they allow the teacher to reach so many different learning styles. Wouldn't it be great to have a tool to use that does most of the modifying for us? :)

8:55 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I agree, I certainly think a major advantage of this technology is that is can accomodate so many different learning styles.

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Blogger Amy said...

I agree that we could definitly benefit by reaching more learning styles of our students and you know in our district the ESL students could definitly be reached.

9:05 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I think it will be a wonderful resource for teachers to use. Your right, the students will get into it.

9:07 AM  

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