Skip to comments.NY school all-in on trend of all-digital textbooks
Posted on 12/22/2013 7:15:22 PM PST by DJ MacWoW
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - At Archbishop Stepinac High School, the backpacks got a whole lot lighter this year because nearly every book - from freshman biology to senior calculus - is now digital, accessible on students' laptops and tablets.
"The last couple of years, this would have been like 30 pounds," says sophomore Brandon Cabaleiro, whose load nowadays includes just his iPad, his lunch and a jacket.
The online history books, for example, include videos on subjects ranging from Woodrow Wilson to Malcolm X. The science books show scientific processes in motion. The English books grade an essay and offer a student a worksheet on the proper use of commas if it's needed. Students can highlight passages or leave notes to themselves in the margins, without ruining the book for anyone else.
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Malcolm X? What the hell does he have to do with history?
And if your kid can't read, not to worry....the book will read itself to you.
Freshman Michael Bilotta says he is particularly fond of a feature that allows the digital books to read themselves out loud. "So when you're tired, on the bus or something, you can just put earphones on and hear the lesson."
Why, are the parents restricted under the law from accessing the information on the the students laptops or iPads?
Lots of that information is only available on the school’s wifi network.
do they have any videos on anybody you'd want to learn about?
From the short list I’m guessing that’s a “No”.
The technological disadvantages are serious ranging from internet down time at just the wrong time to glitches in the programs themselves that leave entire classes sitting and wasting time. (My wife teaches one calculus class with a digital “textbook”. She keeps her old “real” textbook on hand just for those occasions.)
Then there is the design of the texts themselves. She thinks that the “pages” don’t lend themselves to student learning. They’re hard to navigate. And she really dislikes that they send different “exercises” to each student’s ipad. So, instead of everyone working on a problem with her being able to tutor step by step, she has oftentimes each student with a different problem all at the same time. Whatever the rationale behind that, she says it is ignorant and unworkable by any model of teaching she has ever practices, seen, or heard of.
It sounds as bad as I thought it would be.
Remember the old days when “they” said watching too much TV will ruin your eyes?
Now, all kids do is stare at a TV screen 24/7. Soon they’re be wearing glasses prematurely.
If I had kids, I’d take them out of that school. I retain more reading from a book than from digital content.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Tuition is $9,000 a year. For what?
S’ok. One of the other things they can do is update the information that’s actually ON the ipad or other device daily. So what the parent looks at one day might be completely different the next.
And I loved that last sentence: "It's all great," said junior Joseph Terrigno. "As long as the Wi-Fi doesn't go down."
She’s right. Little techno pads will never take the place of real books because they are hard to “flip” through. When you know basically where something is located in a book, you can find it very quickly, and especially when a class has to flip from 1 section to another to another in the course of a couple minutes. Or if you just want to go back to check on the equation from 7 pages back again and again.
There are great things about hi tech but still many shortcomings.
Had it been done “right”, this would be a great idea. High school loads kids down with a heavy book for each academic class (and even some of the non-academic ones), and often you get homework in most if not all of the subjects. Putting all of those books on a read-only SD card, in a hyperlinked pdf format (so subjects can be cross-referenced within the text), would be ideal. That way, kids don’t have to drag 30+ pounds of paper all over the place, and they don’t have to worry about returning “damaged” books at the end of the year the way I did in HS. Instead , you get the crap in the article, where the books are all in the “cloud”, and there’s no consistency (and, as pointed out, the text can change).
This is WAY overdue.
Textbooks are a rip-off. Information and history changes constantly. Producing books annually just to keep up is expensive and time-consuming.
Not to mention the kids getting back sprains and injuries carrying textbooks in their backpacks.
I say digitize all textbooks and put it on a Kindle e-Reader, which is easier on the eyes than a laptop, which would save time, money, and hauling 50lbs of books on your back. Do it for all kids in Middle School and up.
Which is not good.
I’ve already said that I was sorry for my statement.
I am now wondering how long it will be before the WI-FI is hacked into.
I remember when schools rushed to get computers and grades went down. New technology isn’t always the answer.
We've had our WiFi hacked early on. We use a password. Hopefully so does the school.
paper versus digits is not the issues that concern. Read #8, 13, 15, 16
All manner of shenanigans can go on with these things. The issues with the program in Texas involved lessons that were only available at the school. Lessons that were mysteriously UNavailable when parents requested access.
I have an Amazon e-Reader. Replaced all my books with it. There is no concern about the text, finding my place, or worrying about flipping the page. The product does that seamlessly.
You don't need Wi-Fi. Integrate free 3G wireless into the product to receive any updates.
Textbooks are obsolete, and need to be phased out. The industry is making huge profits.
LOL, The real danger will be from the mac daddy administration hacking into it an changing the lesson to benefits his agenda.
The article did say Common Core is also digital.
The ability to flip thru a paper book is offset by the ability to search for a particular word/phrase instantly without having to flip. That you can search a whole library just as fast magnifies the advantage. Former appreciated, I’ll choose the latter.
Yeah, paper books are great - especially for the imperative of actually commanding limited space with “I exist/survived, read me” - but carrying entire libraries in a one-pound device wins. We’re living in a time as disruptive as the switch to movable type, automobiles & airplanes, and agriculture. Horses are great, but there’s two cars in my driveway ...
What is the percentage of parents who actually looked through their children's school textbooks? I would say it is around 0.0004%.
Digital textbooks is the way to go.
The coffee stain problem shared with computers on which coffee sometimes gets spewed as the viewer LOLs too violently!
Sure is if you want to hide what’s being pushed in schools. No paper reports, no homework to check. Perfect!.............for liberal propaganda. Too many parents were catching on to Common Core etc.
True-—education has been controlled and kids indoctrinated for one hundred years using Wundtian psychology and we need it exterminated yesterday. Conditioning and programming kids is not education. It is insidious.
It is time to abolish schools as they exist-—the “group think” factories which pump out irrational people to afraid of what others “think” of them if it is not PC cr*p, because of curricula designed by sick, evil people like Billy Ayers. Kids will not be able to process any Truth because their foundation is made up of lies.
Parents need to take back education-—and educate their own children-—with the internet resources they trust and homeschooling materials. It is really easy now-—even having access to being able to teach physics/calculus with the internet resources and Classical Literature where children actually learn a high level of English. Local groups of parents should form their own “schools”.
And it can be done a LOT CHEAPER than the public school monstrosity-—and will do a superior job. Eliminate the middle man/bureaucracy-—go to original source documents and the best teacher in the USA on certain topics-—where you have internet access to discussion. True education which is geared for the individual and gets back to teaching Logic and Reason and Rhetoric/Debate so we can actually have profound discussions like the Founding Fathers on all topics-—especially Religion and Politics which doesn’t exist today.
We have all the tools to educate our own kids as God designed us to do-—not institutionalize them and create group think factories. It is inhumane and evil. We should control content—not the Van Jones and Billy Ayers and other sick, evil minds like John Maynard Keynes. Wisdom is discerning Good and Evil and curricula teaches Evil is Good.
BTW, Textbooks are still needed and should still be used. I do not want a world where books can be altered easily-—changing one word can distort the entire meaning of a work......remember the evil zero-—leaving out the word God in the Gettysburg address-—and how easily is it to change the meaning of Thanksgiving when you don’t read the original words of the Pilgrims-—The “educators” have actually destroyed the meaning of Thanksgiving-—American children no longer know our true history.
Revisionism is a fact—with the Marxists-—and it is dangerous to have them control the education of children and digitalize their books. God only knows what sick ideas they are normalizing in our children-—as truth. Sodomy has already been normalized in our young.....Good and Evil is being flipped so in the NWO-—our kids will be “happy” slaves.
Same argument I always hear.
I am experienced in both flipping books, and typing in searches. And scrolling, BTW.
Word search is only good if you are just generally looking for those things, especially in a piece you are unfamiliar with, not if you already know where the whole piece you’re interested in basically is located. Word search covers EVERY instance of that word/phrase, not the single instance you’re referencing.
Likewise scrolling upon scrolling upon scrolling is NOT as fast as real flipping. Only if you are already within several “pages” of said point of reference.
Exactly what I was indicating amongst other complaints. I am an engineering grad, remember it well, and I can’t imagine having to do that nonsense with a mere search engine. I have enough irritation sometimes trying to find my way back and forth between important points in a historic narrative!
I'm specifically talking about textbooks and digitizing them onto an e-reader such as Kindle. I have no issues with books per se, and believe it's still valuable for kids to go to the physical library and check out a book.
With Amazon's new Kindles there are no issues with finding the page where you left off, text size (you can adjust the text) and the lighting.
it's just a pain to do that without a physical book.
I just think once people get used to the idea of reading on an electronic tablet, it'll be second nature to them. I really don't see the purpose of kids hauling 7 or 8 different textbooks for classes when they can have it all on one unit.
Long overdue. There's no need for hundreds of kids to attend 1 school anymore. We have the technology for kids to learn at a self-paced environment at home, at the library, or even at a YMCA taught by top professors. Also at the Y, kids can do their physical education.
Our daughters’ private school went to ipads and everything digital this year. Mit’s goos and bad. One of my daughters says that the kids sit around in class surfng the web.
I’m glad they will be fraduatng next year.
I agree with you. Yes, there are some limitations to Kindle and other electronic books, but the advantages far outweigh them. For children this is especially the case because they can more readily adapt.
When Kindle was first announced (not even built yet) I sent the info to the local school district to the attention of the person in charge of their one-to-one initiative. I said this was the future. They did eventually shift to that device. The biggest problem I have seen so far is the lack of textbooks. This is the case for the local community college as well.
Mark my words, Laddie, the Day is a-commin, an ye'll find out the hard way: ye canna eat a car!!
And what subjects, pray tell, would a Detroit baby-mama be homeschooling her kids in? It would probably, besides pubic education, consist of The Three Rs: Rapping, Robbing, and Rampaging.
As an ideal, I agree with you; but as a practicality, public education, in one form or another, is going to need to be around for a long time to come. It is the function, scope, and form that needs considerable revision; then, just maybe, universal homeschooling could become a reality.
The key is to first restore local, or at least state, control of education, junking the federal government's role in it, most especially the funding.
It took 200 years to go from parental homeschooling & apprenticing, to parents hiring a neighborhood or town teacher and providing a building, to forming locally elected school boards and enacting mandatory attendance ordinances, followed by legislatively mandated state school boards & superintendents, to the current bloated and unresponsive federal bureaucracy. It will take considerable time, thought, and effort to reverse course.
Just in case you didn’t notice when replacing your books with your e-reader, the stores don’t charge prices that are terribly different for e-content as they do for dead tree editions. That’s a constant source of comment on the Barnes & Noble website, in my experience. The “reasons” texts are expensive will continue to exist, whether a tree falls in the forest or not.
Who will pay for that “free 3G wireless?” I’d truly like to know since I’ve not found such a thing.
I develop training/teach new AF recruits their career field foundation. We moved from paper to Net Books and I don’t like them - awkward to get good notes with and it seems we are washing more folks out. In the classroom, paper works best for me.
There is good and bad. My wife’s class goes through the district server and most everything on the web is off limits, so there’s no interesting surfing that’s possible.
Plus, the class itself is hard and the kid’s have to focus, and she’s a walk around the class kind of teacher.
Hard to believe it took until post 17 in this thread for a sensible opinion to be brought forth.
e-Books are not part of any grand conspiracy to keep conservatives from knowing what their kids are being taught. That’s just silly.
I love my actual books, but when I am (as I usually am) reading 3 or 4 books at a time, my Nook makes it a whole lot easier.
And the objection that you cannot find stuff easily in ebooks, have you never heard of a) bookmarking, and b) using the search feature. I daresay finding an obscure passage in an e-book is order of magnitudes easier that with a paper book.
The real question is WHO is selecting the historical or scientific information and HOW are they CHANGING the history or science? In a digital world, it is very easy to change the FACTS.
Students in the LA school district hacked the ipads very quickly and the district recalled them - see links below.
Many people are not aware that the new common core curriculum utilizes ipad technology (required/ stimulus funded) and the link between technology and converting to Islam and the caliphate.
Common Core The Qatar Connection: A Wahhabi State Skypes With Your Children Connect All Schools
Already being implemented in TN
Common Core Lesson Plans: A call to Jihad, Converting to Islam, 5 Pillars of Islam, submitting to the Will of Allah
Greg Gutfeld on redeye
LA School Officials Take Back Free iPads
LA to give every student an iPad; $30M order
Go to the 19:10 min mark and see how the testing evaluates students with the technology.
As children take tests a wristband will take their pulse
The mouse will measure their stress level
The chair will test posture
The camera is focused on face during testing - evaluating emotions.
The Glenn Beck Program: Common Core and Education