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E-Readers Fail At Education

E-Readers Fail At Education | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Thanks to a peer, I was finally able to discover a con about some ereaders. This article examines a study completed by University of Washington graduate students who used the Kindle DX for a period of over seven months. The students found that taking notes was difficult on the Kindle, so they often used paper or even their computers. In addition, they found that the Kindle did not help with a skill called cognitive mapping, where readers can remember the location of a detail based on its position on the page. This article suggests that perhaps our brains are not set up to read on ereaders in the way intended, and that we should not be so quick to get rid of textbooks, pens, and paper in the college classrooms. However, Schwartz does note that tablets may be better suited than ereaders for use in academica, since there are features that support note-taking and other interactive tools that may support student learning as they read.

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Electronic textbooks: What's the rush?

Electronic textbooks: What's the rush? | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This post discusses the role of electronic textbooks in relation to print textbooks, and the current push to include them as much as possible in schools. Willingham notes the benefits of texts on e-readers, but also notes that textbooks are read quite differently than narrative texts, and this is where educators need to be apprehensive about excessive use of those texts. Willingham also points out the lack of research supporting the use of e-textbooks in classroom, as opposed to print textbooks. Willingham suggests that while he is not saying to avoid the use of e-textbooks, maybe instead we should slow down our push to include them instead of print textbooks.

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eReaders and the Future of Education

eReaders and the Future of Education | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article discusses the role of e-readers in the classroom, specifically on a community college campus. Ereaders are caught in the cross-fire between tablets and print textbooks, and because e-readers are not as interactive as tablets, yet are not print textbooks. In addition, the flexiblity with e-readers is limited, as the books available for various e-readers vary. The argument of this article is that e-readers such as the Nook and the Kindle will not have a place in the educational technology that will become a significant part of educational culture. While e-readers allow for note-taking and are lighter, ultimately they will not play a major role in classrooms.

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Tablets vs. Textbooks - ProCon.org

Tablets vs. Textbooks - ProCon.org | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

ProCon.org has taken on the debate of “Tablets vs. Textbooks” on a new site that debates the use of tablets in schools. It contains four sections: “Did You Know?,” “Pro & Con Arguments,” “Background,” and “Video Gallery,” all devoted to the exploration of whether or not e-texts have a place in K-12 schools. The site opens with an introduction to the debate, discussing how most students and teachers support the idea of using tablets, and that tablets improve standardized test scores. I have yet to see those statistics of both the popularity of tablets and the testing scores, but ProCon is simply discussing the hearsay of the tablet debate. The site references President Obama’s call for the opportunity of digital textbooks in schools, extensive research, a much more developed Pro and Con list than my own, and a curation of videos all relevant to this discussion. This site is one to investigate for an extensive amount of time as it brings to attention the relevant issues within this lively debate of “Tablets vs. Textbooks.”

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Big Thinkers: Sasha Barab

This video by Barab discusses his Quest Atlantis program. While this is not an e-reader program, he does discuss why print textbooks are no longer relevant, which is what I am focused on in addition to e-readers. He states how digital learning allows students to have the power of learning- they are now able to control their learning and to see themselves actively involved in the content. Print textbooks are limiting in these times because they are no longer relevant. Students will not use textbooks outside of schools- they will be using social media tools, e-readers, and other forms of interactive learning. Textbooks do not demonstrate 21st century skills, which are vital to student success both in school and in post-secondary school lives. Barab emphasizes the need to get teachers, administrators, and parents to advocate for a more real presence of media literacy into the classroom, and move away from print-based literacy.

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eReaders

This video discusses how a middle school ELA teacher plans to use e-readers in the classroom in the next year. One reason to use them is to help motivate reluctant readers to read more because she has seen them more interested in the technology. This teacher has provided links on her blog regarding ebooks, one of which is a resource that provides ebooks that can be checked out, as physical books are checked out in a public library. She also references Barnes and Noble's Free Fridays which can encourage students to get the free book for Nooks that are given every Friday.This video provides a multitude of ways to incorporate ereader use in the classroom, thus providing benefits for using ereaders in the classroom.

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E-Readers Fail At Education

E-Readers Fail At Education | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Thanks to a peer, I was finally able to discover a con about some ereaders. This article examines a study completed by University of Washington graduate students who used the Kindle DX for a period of over seven months. The students found that taking notes was difficult on the Kindle, so they often used paper or even their computers. In addition, they found that the Kindle did not help with a skill called cognitive mapping, where readers can remember the location of a detail based on its position on the page. This article suggests that perhaps our brains are not set up to read on ereaders in the way intended, and that we should not be so quick to get rid of textbooks, pens, and paper in the college classrooms. However, Schwartz does note that tablets may be better suited than ereaders for use in academica, since there are features that support note-taking and other interactive tools that may support student learning as they read.

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) | Edudemic

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) | Edudemic | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article discusses 5 issues with using iPads in the classroom. The hope is that by providing a discussion of the issues that have arisen with the iPad's presence in the classroom, those issues will be fixed and the devices can be better implemented into instruction. One suggestion is for teachers to not solely based on content; there are many apps that can help students in other ways. Another issue is that teachers have little training and preparedness in terms of the iPad and other ereaders. The iPad should not be treated as a small laptop, nor should it be used as a device for a multitude of users. The final reason is that schools often fail at provding strong reasoning for the use of iPads in the classroom, but if this is more coherently discussed, the role of iPads and ereaders can be more effectively used in the clasroom.

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The Truth About Tablets: Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students' hands—but it's not easy - The Digital Shift

The Truth About Tablets: Educators are getting iPads and ereaders into students' hands—but it's not easy - The Digital Shift | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article discusses some of the obstacles that come with using ereaders in school. Most agree that ereaders are easy to carry, easy to use, and many students feel that they can read faster with ereaders. Of course it must be pointed out, as other articles have as well, that ereaders are expensive and many are not set up to allow schools to download books en masse. This article suggests the idea of allowing students to take devices home, which would allow students to access their digital library at all times. This article proves the fact that we still have a long way to go to fully implement ereader and tablets in the classroom.

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The Kindles Are Coming: Ereaders and tablets are springing up in schools—and librarians are leading the way

The Kindles Are Coming: Ereaders and tablets are springing up in schools—and librarians are leading the way | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article addresses using Kindles, and possibly iPads, in school libraries. Hamilton is the librarian in this article, and she has acquired Kindles through state money, grants, and other sources. She sees even her reluctant readers engaged in reading when they use Kindles, and she comments on how the privacy-something she had not thought about before- is a true positive of e-readers. Students can read as many books as they want, take as much time to read as they want, and read whatever they want, and their peers cannot see those details on the e-readers. Hamilton has come up with many ideas to improve the use of Kindles in schools, all of which address more efficiency and effective use of the devices. 

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Bring e-readers into the classroom | | Independent Notebook Blogs

Bring e-readers into the classroom | | Independent Notebook Blogs | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

Elkin notes the benefits of an e-reader over an iPad, as students won't be distracted by other components such as those that exist on an iPad. She also discusses how Amazon is grasping onto the pull of e-readers by offering discounts to schools when Kindles are bought in bulk. Elkin also brings up how e-readers can assist diverse learners, especially as she has found that some struggling readers react better to larger print, which is a component of an e-reader. Elkin believes that while Kindles may not be available to every student outside the classroom, keeping them in stock in the classroom is a beneficial addition to education.

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Going Digital: Using e-Book Readers to Enhance the Reading Experience - ReadWriteThink

Going Digital: Using e-Book Readers to Enhance the Reading Experience - ReadWriteThink | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This Read-Write-Think lesson plan adds to the use of e-readers in the classroom because it actually implements a lesson plan to teach students the skills to use e-readers. While the lesson is intended for elementary age students, it can be modified to reach all students at all levels. The purpose of this lesson is to get students accustomed to using the e-readers. At one point, the class should discuss the differences between the use of an e-reader and a book. This lesson plan also emphasizes the fact that note-taking, vocabulary building, and text-to-speech can all be done on one device.

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E-Readers in the Classroom

E-Readers in the Classroom | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This blog post discusses both the pros and cons of using e-readers in the classroom. It identifies the cost and the delicacy of major issues with implementing e-reader use in the classroom. It also notes that continued devotion to large amounts of time looking at screens is detrimental to vision. In terms of pros, Martin discusses how using e-readers will help take the weight out of backpacks and how using the technology requires responsiblity, but may also incite a new passion for reading because it involves technology. This post does not identify facts about how e-readers aid in terms of learning. It is written by an aspiring teacher, which is an interesting perspective because we are both coming from the same mindset of a future teacher who has yet to be in the classroom and try using this technology.

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HowStuffWorks "The Future of E-readers"

HowStuffWorks "The Future of E-readers" | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article cites books’ weight and technological stagnancy as the issue with their continued relevance in education. Therefore, this article questions the role of e-readers as a replacement for books. It identifies that some e-readers simply serve as digitalized copies of books while others, such as tablets, have a multitude of tools allowing for more interaction. With e-readers, there still exists the issue with gaining all of the texts necessary for study, in addition to cost being an issue for e-readers, and especially tablets. E-readers, however, are becoming increasingly popular, though not at the extent of printed books. E-readers will continue to have a place in the book world, but this article doubts that books will completely disappear.

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Should Your School Replace Textbooks With E-Readers?

Should Your School Replace Textbooks With E-Readers? | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article discusses the use of e-readers in schools, in comparison to tablets and traditional books. The problem with using e-readers is that they do not allow for collaboration within the text, as tablets often do. Current e-readers do allow for some annotations, and for those annotations to be shared with teachers. Tom Vander Ark argues that schools should no longer be buying print textbooks, but his support for newer technology would be laptops or tablets, and that e-readers are too expensive and too one-function. Ultimately the argument here is to find a device that is multi-functional and most fitted to the educational environment.

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The Pros and Cons of Digital Textbooks | Digital Book Today

The Pros and Cons of Digital Textbooks | Digital Book Today | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This blog post focuses on six pros and cons of using digital textbooks. The cons discuss how digital textbooks are not always cheaper, especially when considering the cost of an e-reader and the cost of renting or buying the e-textbooks. In addition, the e-reader owned by a student may not allow for the downloading of an e-textbook required for a class. There is no standardization of format so it depends on the device if the e-textbook is available for use. The last con discussed is a health concern: excessive use of e-textbooks can lead to eye strain. The pros discussed in this post identify the lightweight factor as a definite positive, as textbooks add up to an astronomical weight. In addition, e-textbooks help with accommodations for special needs students. Finally, the poster appeals to the eco-friendly that hopefully exists in all of us: he says that one version may be greener than the other. He states that it has not been determined which one is greener than the other, but his language insinuates that he is leaning towards the e-textbooks.

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How Teachers Will Use E-Readers to Catch Cheaters

How Teachers Will Use E-Readers to Catch Cheaters | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article discusses a tool developed by CourseSmart, a company that publishes etextbooks, in which a professor can detect the reading time, pages viewed, and notes made as the student opens the text. "The Atlantic" notes that this can help teachers detect cheating in a new way, and hold students more accountable than ever before. The article notes that there is a "Big Brother" aspect to it, and it will unnerve students, but it gives teachers the upper-hand. Teachers can easily allow students to opt out of this reading time tracker, but then students will know that their teachers beleive they are not completely the readings effectively. This is an incentive to ereaders in a way that has yet to be discussed within these curations: this tool is one with pros and cons as well, with the cons actually more likely to be student-driven.

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Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Now E-Textbooks Can Report Back on Students' Reading Habits - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

CourseSmart is a company that sells digital textbooks and has created a new tool to help educators identify the usefulness of electronic course materials. This tool tracks students' use fo the material: the time spent reading, the pages viewed, the notes made. This can all be incorporated into an engagement score. This can help educators identify the benefits of using course materials in a class, because it will show how students interact with the texts. One issue raised is regarding privacy. Nevertheless, this tool adds another benefit to the idea of using ereaders in the classroom, as this tool can demonstrate the usefulness of the actual text.

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What Students Say | eTextbooks and the Digital Classroom

This video shows the students of South Kent High School and their perspective on having a digital school. Their positive comments range from not being tired at night while doing homework to life just being easier by using the iPad 2. South Kent High School received financial aid from ClassBook.com. South Kent is, at the creation of the video, 92% digital textbook. All students and faculty members received an iPad 2 in the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.

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5 Reasons to Use Digital Textbooks | Edudemic

5 Reasons to Use Digital Textbooks | Edudemic | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article identifies 5 reasons why digital textbooks should be used. It states how Arne Duncan is pushing schools in the United States to move away from textbooks and to move towards digital textbooks. Not only do digital textbooks help with neck pain, nerve damage, and other issues that come from the heavy backpacks students haul around, but digital textbooks are more representative of the way education is moving. Education is becoming more digital and engaged, and this is not depicted with textbooks, in addition to the fact that by buying or renting one digital textbook, you are saving a great deal of money. The final comments made by this article is the fact that notebooks and textbooks can be combined on one device, as opposed to adding to growing number of supplies necessary for students to keep track of. Finally, digital textbooks open up the opportunity for a wider variety of sources for textbooks, rather than being reliant on textbook publishers influencing school systems to buy sets of their multiple genres of textbooks. 

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Education Week: Schools Test E-Reader Devices With Dyslexic Students

Education Week: Schools Test E-Reader Devices With Dyslexic Students | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This feature article discusses one specific group that may benefit from e-readers: students with dyslexia. A few reasons why there are benefits have been found in multiple articles. Students are familiar with technology and thus are excited and explore with ereaders, and the text is easy to enlarge, which is something that helps those with visual impairments and learning disabilities to read more easily. The article also points out how there is not a lot of research available on ereaders because they are so new. Technology allows students to read more independently because text files can be transferred into audio files, or words and phrases can be researched individually on the devices. 

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Education chief Duncan wants textbooks to become obsolete

Education chief Duncan wants textbooks to become obsolete | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article politicizes the effort to move towards digital textbooks. Arne Duncan emphasizes the need for U.S. schools to use digital textbooks because so many other countries are moving that way, and the U.S. needs to keep up. One issue with a focus on e-readers is the fact that it is expensive for districts to invest in devices and e-books for all students. Another issue is that instruction needs to shift: our current instruction style is not geared toward the interactive experience that comes with using e-readers. However, this article discusses that implementing e-readers is more available now because so many states have made the move to implement Common Core curriculum, thus making cooperative efforts to collaborate with texts easier across the nation. Already textbook companies' focus is creating texts that are geared toward interaction and digital reading.

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Using Digital Books in the Classroom | Scholastic.com

Using Digital Books in the Classroom | Scholastic.com | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article is written by an English teacher who has developed an interest in ereaders. She discusses the many methods of using  ereaders along with other devices, such as laptops and SMART boards. She also notes the usefulness of Bring Your Own Device, in addition to allowing students to teach the teacher how to use new technology. Using ereaders can also aid those with diverse needs as learners, as the ereaders have features that assist students in many ways, including font size and text-to-text speech. Her final comment on ereaders is that using digital text provides her students with necessary 21st century skills.

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Connecting iPads and Reading in the Classroom: Part 2

Connecting iPads and Reading in the Classroom: Part 2 | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This post discusses one aspect of using e-readers in the classroom: iBooks. The blog post gives a description of the buttons and purposes of parts of iBooks, and then discusses the teaching benefits of iBooks. iBooks allows the user to take notes, see a complilation of notes (as in the teacher viewing what students have completed), and email or print notes. The post states "I often tell teachers, anything you do with a sticky note in a book, you can do in iBooks." Obviously from this perspective, then, e-readers are seen as a valuable tool, especially since everything is right at the fingertips of the user. 

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Education Technology – Weighing The Pros And Cons | Emerging Education Technology

Education Technology – Weighing The Pros And Cons | Emerging Education Technology | The Pros and Cons of using E-readers in the Classroom | Scoop.it

This article analyzes multiple forms of education technology, but the one that I focused on was the e-readers section. It brings up an interesting point about the wear and tear of using the e-readers. Kids are not necessarily the most careful with all of their items, and this section notes that if an e-reader is damaged, after dropping it or spilling liquids on it like a normal textbook, then students may not have access to their textbooks while it is being repaired. E-readers are also expensive, but the concept behind it is that over time, schools will save money by not having to continuously order textbooks as new additions come out, ones need to be replaced, or there are more students who require the textbooks. Walsh also notes that often textbooks have "a surprising variety of 'standards' out there" meaning it may be difficult to get all materials provided by a physical textbook. This article examines more of the physical cons of using e-readers, and not the use of it as an educational tool.

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