Literacy Coaching in a World of Technology!

Instructional technology techniques for the Literacy Coach.

The Digital Book Takeover October 17, 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — suzanneb429 @ 5:38 pm

As a mom of three little ones (2 that are pre-k age), I am constantly reading to my children! I am amazed at how quickly they can remember the way that a word is spelled and recognize in other texts… Digital books add to the exciting time when pre-schoolers start learning that letters and sounds are connected and theat words mean something! These are a couple of my favorite sites:

http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/customer_login.asp?accessdenied=%2Flibrary%2Fasp%2Fhome%5Ftumblebooks%2Easp
http://disneydigitalbooks.go.com/?cmp=ddb_hp_redirect_extl

The author of this blog: http://hobbymerge.wordpress.com/2011/09/22/textbooks-of-tommorow/, shares a survey in which the concept of digital books increasing in sales and print books decreasing is demonstrated. It is certainly “easier” to open up a book online and even have it read to you, but will some people rebel against this new trend in “reading” and continue to choose traditional reading methods instead? I am not certain, but i do know that digital books will continue to assist teachers, parents and struggling readers with literacy development!

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2 Responses to “The Digital Book Takeover”

  1. Kayla Says:

    Suzanne,

    I think this article is so great! Obviously our world is constantly trying to go as digital as possible. Both my sister and Dad have a kindle, and they absolutely love it- they would never ever go back to paperback reading. Oddly enough, I beg to differ. Anyways, they find the advantages of a kindle to outweigh any paperback novel. The kindle allows you buy to books online, it is much lighter, possibly easier to read, download games on it, it lights up to read in the dark. Overall, the kindle does seem like an amazing novelty to have.

    In terms of textbooks, I think it is a really smart idea, and students would definitely agree. Digital textbooks would be great for visual learners, it would be lighter for students to carry, instead of lugging 5 5-pound textbooks every day. I noticed in the article that there are applications that students can download to take notes on the side of a digital textbook, research while reading, as well as write papers on their digital device. The only challenge schools might encounter is the cost. It would be an enormous addition to the budget. It would be great investment, but finding the money for it may be an obstacle. As seen in the article, South Korea has developed a budgte to have completely digital text by 2015, and luckily their budget is only $2 billion. However, for our population ours would be at least $10 billion-WOW!

    It is the route our country should try to take, but it will come with certain obstacles. Another obstacle might be teaching students how to properly use these devices-again teachers will need to be properly trained through professional development and experience to ensure their comfort level with these devices as well. We need to act upon this now, and I truly believe digital textbooks would be a great investment for schools-even the entire world(lets save our planet by saving trees too!).

  2. ceg5486 Says:

    I have to admit that I have not tried digit books yet, but they are intriguing. I agree that schools would have to provide a great deal of professional development if they were to change to a digital library. One of my classes is already using a digital textbook which is accessible on line. I can see that advantages of this, primarily that they do not loose the text. However, there are other issues, such as lack of access at home. If schools are going to go digital, does that mean that students will have to be supplied with home computers? How will the cost be covered?


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