By Teachers, For Teachers
As a student of an online master’s program, I have found an appreciation for digital textbooks. In my previous studies for my bachelor’s degrees, online books were not widely available. As I sit here writing this article, I am looking at my bookcase full of textbooks that take up more than three feet of space on a single shelf, and that does not include nearly all of the books that I had to purchase for my degree.
Disruptive Innovation in the classroom can prove beneficial, such as being able to tailor a lecture based on quiz results taken prior to the students attending class. With the implementation of a digital textbook, the instructor can further customize the lesson not only for an entire classroom, but for a single student. If a student reads a chapter in the book, takes a quiz, and does not pass, the teacher can adapt the activities such that the student will have to redo the work until a mastery level is achieved. The students of today and tomorrow are digital-based students. Their worlds revolve around electronics. If the education system and teachers do not embrace the use of digital textbooks and the advancement of the digital age, they will be putting their students at a disadvantage in the work force.
Allen holds a BBA in Mgmt. of Info. Systems and is pursuing an M.Ed. in Instructional Technology at University of St. Thomas, TX.