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Throw Away Your Traditional Textbooks - Go Digital!

  
  
  
  

We all know the pain of lugging around heavy textbooks full of outdated information.

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In an age where computers cost as little as $200 and cell phones have just as much functionality as a computer, WHY ARE WE STILL USING TRADITIONAL TEXTBOOKS???

Traditional textbooks are expensive

A traditional textbook costs an average of $150 per book. Let's stop there. $150 for one book that becomes outdated the minute you purchase it. At that price, most schools can only afford to adopt new textbooks about once every seven years. That means that schools today are still teaching from books that state there are 9 planets - Pluto included! What other outdated material are our students forced to look past due to outdated textbooks?Digital textbooks

Digital textbooks, on the other hand, are often much cheaper than a traditional textbook and in some cases, are even free! Of course, you do need a digital device to read a digital textbook, right? 

There are many options when it comes to electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, e-readers and of course, computers.

Most of these devices can do way more than just display a digital textbook. They have built in dictionaries to look up difficult words. They have word processing and presentation tools for essays and class projects. They even have internet browsers for learning more on a topic, getting references for an essay and finding communities for collaboration. The possibilities are endless.

Now you may be thinking, "But iPads are expensive and they break!" Well, then don't get an iPad. There are tons of devices on the market made just for schools and they are much cheaper than you may think. Shop around and you'll see for yourself.

Traditional textbooks are outdated

The minute a textbook is published, it becomes outdated. We're not talking about just history textbooks. There are new innovations and findings in math and science every day that are not making their way into your traditional textbooks. Not only is the material out of date, but the examples are also out of date. How can we expect students to learn when we are showing them examples from before they were born?!CK-12 Flexbooks

Because digital textbooks are often online, they can be edited and reworked as often as needed. Students need not worry about what information they should ignore when everything is up-to-date.

At CK-12, digital textbooks, also known as Flexbooks, are 100% free and can be updated as often as you'd like. Plus, because Flexbooks are customizable, teachers can create multiple versions for different types of learners. Books can be created for remedial students, AP students and even students who require a more hands-on education. The freedom is in the hands of the teacher with digital textbooks. 

Traditional textbooks are not good for all kinds of learners

There are three main types of learners:digital textbooks

  • Auditory learners
  • Visual learners
  • Kinesthetic learners

Traditional textbooks may work well for visual learners, but there is nothing in a textbook for an auditory or kinesthetic learner. If these three groups make up 100% of students that means that roughly 66% of students are not learning from their textbook. 

Digital textbooks can easily accommodate every learning style with the inclusion of videos, podcasts, interactive simulations, assessments, and so much more. We are no longer tied down by traditional print textbooks with only words and small pictures to educate our students.

Most digital textbooks, including CK-12 Flexbooks, are available on any device including smart phones, tablets (including iPads), e-readers and computers. This allows for students to access their books from whatever device they may have both at home and in the classroom. 

Make the switch to digital textbooks

Just as we made the switch from paper and pen to typed documents, we must also make a switch in our education system. Now is the time to put down the traditional textbook and look at a future of better education using multiple formats to fit different learning styles. 

We all want the best for our children. Traditional textbooks are no longer the best option. 

So make the switch. Go digital.

Go digital

Comments

As we know the word digital is very common in our life for its well developed features, technology etc. I appreciate it as it is very effective. Evaluation of performance shows you the way to develop your strategy in digital world. As we are living in a digital world we want everything in a digital form. Digital products are getting more appreciation now days.  
 
But I had never listen about digital term in case of old text book. I want to know more about it. As we get a clear definition of it, knowing more about it will be better.
Posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 3:57 AM by Richard
@Richard Visit http://www.ck12.org/ to check out all the digital textbooks available for free.
Posted @ Thursday, January 16, 2014 11:33 AM by Laura Ringer
I agree w/ nearly all the stated benefits & image implied benefit eliminating over-weighted backpacks. My son's private k-12 school anticipates moving significantly in this direction soon. Where to procure product & optimal devices under review. Claim re: learner types concerns me: 1) theory dated & challenged; 2) students not all of one and none of others- perhaps varied according to subject & age; 3) surely demographic doesn't parse into 3 subsets of 33% so that a claim that 66% of learners aren't reached effectively; 4) when making claims beyond product promotion foundation and citation of reputable source lends credibility. This article strengthens my resolve that we need to go digital for student learning resources much more comprehensively but glaring error in claim to support makes me suspect of this company's offerings.
Posted @ Wednesday, February 05, 2014 1:17 PM by Richard
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