Electronic Textbooks Anyone?
Today I started my face-to-face PLS class on Student Engagement and Standards Based Learning. As you know, one of the best parts of PLS classes is networking with fellow teachers. The Middle-School Math teacher from Nashville, Illinois, who sat next to me today told me how they got rid of all of their textbooks and will issue each student a laptop with e-books instead. They are saving so much money on textbooks that it will pay for the laptops.
Now I love my Kindle and would never trade back for reading real books, but I am wondering about the feasibility of e-textbooks. Here are some questions that maybe you could answer:
- Does your school use e-books, if yes for what percentage of classes?
- Do you think the students will want to print out pages and use up our paper and toner?
- How will we know if they are working on our class or looking at Facebook?
- Will this work for all subjects? What about teaching Math without a text?
I would love to require my students to all buy the same Windows tablets at the beginning of their program. My Dean is not a big fan of the e-Textbook idea.
Here is an interesting article from the Chicago Tribune that discusses the Pros and Cons of digital textbooks. Pros and Cons of Digital Textbooks
Another article I liked was from the Chronicle of Higher Education. This article talks about colleges forcing students to switch to digital texts. The End of the Textbook As We Know It
I will be interested to hear your thoughts on this issue.