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From ISTE: The Digital Reader: Using eBooks in K-12 education

Cover image of The Digital ReaderThis educatorís guide is a combination reference, strategy guide, and tutorial for teachers about electronic texts (eBooks) and how to effectively use them in education. The book provides strategies, instructions, and ideas for using eBooks and other forms of electronic text as teaching and learning tools at all grade levels and in all content areas. Included are instructions for making eBooks to use with students, instructions for using existing school technology for reading eBooks, and applications for using eBooks within the classroom and media center.

The eleven chapters are divided into four sections. The first section introduces the concept of the eBook. The next section focuses on eBook technology, including hardware and software. While most of the book focuses on the big five formats (MS Reader, Palm Reader, Adobe Reader, web based, and text based) other formats are included. The availability section provides locations of resources, such as digital libraries and special collections, that make eBooks available for schools, usually at no cost, and describes how to create eBooks. The largest section highlights applications of eBooks as reading resources and tools for reading, language arts, and other content areas. This section also discusses digital library development and integration into the classroom and school, the use of eBooks as scaffolds and supports for student reading, and eBooks as a form of assistive technology for ESE and ESOL students or any student with reading disabilities or difficulties.

The rapidly increasing availability and low cost of e-book technology make it perfect for schools and educators looking to expand their resources for readers. This book introduces the unique features that have established e-books as a powerful, effective learning tool for all grade levels and for special needs students.

It includes descriptions and illustrations of the most popular e-book platforms and programs, as well as dozens of practical ideas for using e-books for reading instruction, personal productivity, and curricular enrichment. Brimming with interactive lesson ideas, teaching tips, and online resources, this book is a must-have for teachers in all content areas and library media specialists.


bulletDescriptions of the most popular and affordable e-book devices, software, and content for educators
bulletGuidelines for accessing the free digital library resources available on the Web and for creating your own e-books using basic software tools
bulletStrategies for using the annotation, reference, and hypertext capabilities of electronic text to promote active reading

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