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Preparing Future Teachers for Textbook Futures

As K12 schools move to open textbooks it becomes important that teacher preparation programs also begin to integrate this text format. This paper presented how an introductory educational technology undergraduate course began to integrate an open sou

Terence Cavanaugh

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of Preparing Future Teachers for Textbook Futures

Preparing Future Teachers for
their Textbook Futures As the world moves to electronic books it becomes important that teacher preparation programs also begin to integrate this text format.

The use of open textbooks provided a cost effective strategy as well as a preparatory activity for future classroom applications. FL SB 2120:
K12 Education Funding Florida K12 schools changing Affordablity Accommodating features Adaptablity Laws - Textbook Affordability “That course instructors and academic departments are encouraged to participate in the development, adaptation, and review of open-access textbooks and, in particular, open textbooks for high-demand general education courses” (FL Statute § 1004.085, 2010 4e). Versions Web/HTML
Audio... Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) that are now in effect in the U.S. concerning textbook costs which include: price disclosure, unbundling, and textbook lists Terence Cavanaugh (LSCSM) - Brian Zoellner (FSE)
t.cavanaugh@unf.edu - b.p.zoellner@unf.edu Awareness of digital versions of text availability seems to be correlated to age, with students being more aware of ebook files and tools than faculty (Rowland et al 2007, Levine-Clark 2007). The Project Tomorrow NetDay's annual survey of over 100,000 students in grades 6–12 found that as of 2006, 22% of those students already used electronic versions of textbooks for some classes (Evans 2007). Open textbooks are distributed freely under an open license, such as Creative Commons, which permits users to make copies of the textbook and convert it into different formats Do you know? DOE mandate: Florida schools adopt digital textbooks by the 2015-2016 school year Impact 1. Science Methods
2. Math Methods
3. Concepts
~100 students/year Objectives Benefits More efficient planning
More comprehensive content access
Learner-centered approach—opportunity for candidate (and ultimately their own k-12 learners) decision making regarding content

Also the reach of this project expands by the presence/visibility/use of ebooks by candidates in science methods at Sandalwood High School. Better tailored use (to student need and interest) of text in lesson plans
and class activities
More reflective and critical use of text Extended
Instructor demonstration in other courses
Candidate use in field-based courses with K12 students It is estimated that "textbooks serve as the basis for 75 to 90 percent of classroom instruction" (Stein, Stuen, Carnine, and Long 2001, p. 6). Devices already being used in some FL schools
Other platform integration
Cost effective
Textbook availability Candidate familiarization with digital texts
Candidate awareness of the benefits of digital texts
Effect change in candidates’ lesson planning for ESOL and exceptional students
Effect change in candidates’ lesson planning processes
Effect change in candidates’ views of texts as curriculum resources Accommodations Text-to-speech
Summary tools (differentiated reading amounts)
Podcast audiobook

Distance Learning... Karen Cator, director of education technology for the U.S. Department of Education, said U.S. schools must “ensure that students have in their backpacks not a stack of textbooks, but a mobile device that has a wealth of information,” (Devaney, 2010, eTextbooks for a new learning generation). President Obama's goal: an e-textbook in every student's hand by 2017.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski and Education Secretary Arne Duncan recommended on January 31, 2012 at a summit of industry and education officials that states modify the textbook adoption process, allowing K-12 schools to use taxpayer funding once reserved for printed books on iPads, Kindles and the like — as well as software. Sources Results CK12.org http://www.ck12.org/teacher The Challenge and the Potential
Secondary/Middle School Science Methods
Pre-intervention Survey (Partial)
Most stated that have not used e-text or e-books
Most did not plan to buy an e-reader
However, they do see the potential class uses:
Logistics/Pragmatic: "They are easily portable!" "Pages are not ripped out, students have all their books in one place that they can take to all classes."
Curricular: "[Greater] ability to link to other sources of information or to go online to learn more." Observations e-Reader model preferences vary
Key differences in roles as students vs. pre-service teachers
Importance of cross-device competence
Challenge of technical PD Next Steps Assessment of attitudes and skills
Nook "check out"
Direct technical training
Discuss generalizable approaches and
use of e-Text and e-Readers
Text assessment and modification for
use in inquiry lesson
Reflection Special Thanks to the UNF COEHS
Dean's Education Advisory Council
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