E-Textbook: A Better Way in K-12 Class Teaching Essay

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E-Textbook: A Better Way in K-12 Class Teaching From carving in bone and shells to the invention of paper, from printing on papers to publishing books on the Internet, the bases for writing have been changed for many centuries. Likewise, since the late 20th century, the teaching methods have also evolved from using only texts, images, and sound to multimedia. Nowadays, a new technology named electronic textbook (e-textbook), a digital form of textbook including color images, videos, and other functions, starts to play an important role in class teaching. In 2012, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission chief Julius Genachowski announce a plan to get all U.S. students, from kindergarten through the …show more content…

One reason why the e-textbook is better than the printed textbook in class teaching is because it improves the student's learning motivation and interest. According to a survey of PBS LearningMedia in 2012, it shows that 81% of teachers in pre-K-12 feel that the tablets enrich classroom education. (Technology & Learning 12) In other words, most of the teachers believe that the tablet, a kind of e-textbook device, is playing an important role in class teaching, and it successfully creates an interactive classroom. This means that the teaching model will switch from the traditional teacher-directed into the student-centered by using the e-textbook. To sum up, this data successfully support my point that the e-textbook does benefit the student having a strong desire to learn more knowledge and being more interested in studying. However, some people might object that the e-textbook creates more opportunities for the student to get access to the Internet than ever before. Since a student in K-12 lacks self-discipline, using the e-textbook in studying will easily get him addicted to the Internet. (Ghamrawi 921) From my point of view, in today's society, the students have already had many different choices to connect to the Internet like the computer and the smart phone besides the e-textbook. Also, as John Dewey, an American educational reformer, puts it, "If we teach today as

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