Textbooks or e-texts? Poll and discussion.

In a recent discussion with a colleague, we were thinking about whether to update the printed texts we have with new editions or to go entirely online. We are a 1-1 school with fast, unrestricted internet use. Expecting all students to prefer the online mode, we were surprised to see them choose printed texts.

So what would you prefer? If you want to, give some of your reasons or experiences in the comments.

About Stephen

International Educator: China via Japan, Indonesia & the UK. Director of Innovation in Learning & Teaching. Science educator. Twitterist (@sjtylr), dad and bloggerer. MA International Education & current EdD student. Experienced Director of Learning & MYP Coordinator. Interested in curriculum, pedagogy, purposeful EdTech and global competence. Find out more: http://sjtylr.net/about. Science site: http://i-biology.net.

Posted on March 15, 2012, in #edtech #scitech. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Catherine Mulvenna

    Hi Stephen,

    We are moving to a 1:1 program shortly at my school, and I was just wondering which online texts you were looking at using? Particularly for the IB DP program (or any MYP recommended).

    Many thanks!

    • Hi Catherine,

      We continue to use the Allott and Mindorff Course Companion and the Allott Study guide. However, we don’t use them heavily in my class – part of the reason for building this online resource is to move away from paper.

      For MYP Sciences we have Prentice Hall Science Explorer for Middle School and a mix of traditional texts and online resources for High School. For my classes, we use an internal GoogleSite with links curated for each topic, rather like this site. I recently found Mark Bishop’s online Introduction to Chemistry, too.

      I hope this helps!


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