John Palfrey talks about the conceptual process of publishing his latest book not just as an iBook but as an iPad app. It got me thinking more about Nancy's project and might give her ideas for concepts to include in the ebook she produces for her capstone. John also talks about some thoughts about what happens in terms of library preservation of books if they are created as apps. Food for thought...
"Here are some guiding questions for creating your digital textbook: How are the learners going to use the information? How will they demonstrate their learning? Are they completing a document, creating an outline or answering a set of questions? What are the assessments associated with the material?"
Nancy, perhaps this might interest you as you think about eBooks in Mexico?
The old print textbook model really needs to be modernized, particularly as more and more K-12 schools struggle with their budgets. I've been thinking for awhile that the most cost effective way to get a tablet device (like an iPad) in the hands of every student who needs one (probably grades 1-8) is to think of the purchase the same way we think of hard copy texts. The tablet will also have to be subsidized by activity fees, a reality that most schools face as they charge for bus, sports, etc. I like the notion of students have a tool for creation and curation. Media literacy in the 21st century is about curation and all the skills students need to curate their learning.
Really great summary/live blog by Ethan Zuckerman of David Weinberger's book launch last night with a talk about "unsettling knowledge". It looks like Weinberger is continuing the research from his last book everything is better and talking about the social curation of knowledge. I love the statement that it is not so much a question of "information overload" but rather "filter failure".
To continue this look at Facebook, it is important to address what is happening in the brains when we drop in on Facebook multiple times a day, while standing in lines, while working, making dinner, etc. Not only is there a brain cost, we disrupt or perhaps even prevent what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi calls "flow." While applicable to all of us as users of Facebook, this article touches on points important for both Vera and Jesse's projects.