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I really believe that eBooks will be in cards for schools in the future.  The computer industry is starting to get serious about eReaders like the: Kindle, Sony Book Reader, iPad, etc.  It is only fitting to assume that there will be more eBooks out there for children to read.  It is great opportunity to make a book available to children at school or at home.  While I have not switch over to reading books from my iTouch or laptop, that is a preference issue for me.  The Digital Natives will much more likely prefer to have all their media in one device, because that is the way they were raised.

Study by Weber & Cavanaugh in Gifted Chile Today showed that eBooks allowed all readers excel at reading, but especial talented and special needs readers.  The flexibility of the format of the material, leans itself to address their needs more than a traditional book.  A book is a one-way medium of exchange, while an eBook can provide multiple options for readers.   What student wouldn’t want to able to instant look up a word they didn’t know, or be able to watch video embed in the text instead of a picture of a process you are reading about. A nice sample of the iPad by Penguin books.

I also because that eBooks can save schools money and space in the long run. Schools unfortunately have budgets, and you can only have so much to spend. Right now eBooks might be more expensive in the beginning, but in the long run it would be cheaper. As a social studies teacher is great to see the Gutenberg Project. We are talking 30,000 free primary sources for class.

I also because that eBooks can save schools money and space in the long run. Schools unfortunately have budgets, and you can only have so much to spend. Right now eBooks might be more expensive in the beginning, but in the long run it would be cheaper. As a social studies teacher is great to see the Gutenberg Project. We are talking 30,000 free primary sources for class.

The print media has a new challenger, and students will want in the classroom. You only need to look at the information provide by the “Did You Know 4.0” video media to see that traditional media is dying out, just incase missed all the cutbacks and deaths of newspapers and other traditional printed media.

Weber, C, & Cavanaugh, t. (2006). Promoting reading: using eBooks with gifted and advanced readers. Gifted Child Today, 29(4), 56-63

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I live in the “Closed Garden” environment at my school.  It is not that oppressive environment, just another frustration of dealing with technology in my school.  I’m obviously a huge fan of technology in schools, and because of that I’m for an open Internet environment of school.

I know there are problems with opening up access to information.  Students being on improper sites, students wasting time on Facebook instead of working on homework, and cyber bulling on school computers.  Most of these problems are not worth the time and energy to prevent it, other than cyber bulling.  Students find ways around most blocked sites overtime.  Students should be monitored when using the Internet by the computer lab supervisor or the teacher that has students using the Internet.  If teachers want the student’s undivided attention, then tell them to close their computers.  A computer is only a tool, it still takes effective instruction to engage students in learning and not open to distractions.  It would be a tech person’s full time job to monitor and block sites, to make sure that students were not non-educational sites.  Too many sites come online everyday to keep up.

The biggest problem is that school wants to act in a traditional way of teaching students when it comes to technology.   Schools need to recognize that they are no longer the gatekeepers of information.  It should be the facilitator helping students find ways to located information and analyze its worth.  The amount of information available on the Internet is staggering, and it will only grow.  Schools need to embrace the new way of thinking.  We live in a digital age, and this digital age is destroying the traditional work environment.  People can work from anywhere in the world, and traditional media (newspapers, radio, etc.) is dying out.  We are starting to see the way the Internet is changing the world and it only going to increase.  Students need to be educated in an environment that does not restrict the information and social networking sites.  This is most likely going to be the kind of environment they will be working in the future.  Tony Wagner points out in the The Global achievement gap, students need information fluency and media literacy, data synthesis and analysis.  That can only happen if they have open environment of information.

Students are already socially networking with Facebook, MySpace, texting, and others.  Why not use this as a tool in the classroom.  You need to have an open Internet to allow these social networks.  Picardo points out a plethora uses for microblogging in the classroom on his website article Microblogging: making the case for social networking in education.  A closed system, like the one in my school doesn’t trust the students enough to use these types of networks for schoolwork.

Instead of making it a strong temptation for students to find ways around the wall to communicate to fellow students, we take down the walls and teach students how to use these networking sites and Web 2.0 tools to help make them better students.  It is time for schools to stop being the gatekeepers of information, and become teachers of the new digital age.

Picardo, J. (2010, February 16). Microblogging: making the case for social networking in education. Retrieved from http://www.boxoftricks.net/?p=1727

Wagner, Tony. (2008). The Global achievement gap. Perseus Books Group.

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