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A Digital Textbook Should be More Than A Textbook

My students have digital textbooks for several of their classes, including my social studies class. These texts are basically pdf files of the book, with a much more confusing navigation. I'm not a big fan of textbooks, and we rarely use them in class.

Ebook Design Presentations

Listly List - Ebook Design Presentations - E-book presentations, My E-Textbook by Klaus Hedegaard, My ebook should be by A Nowak, My First EBook by Graciela de Bianchetti, ebook design by Kristina Filipovic, and Design by Maria Jose


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The Importance of Visual Imagery in ebook & Materials Design Tips

"Our students must be able to move gracefully and fluently between text and images, between literal and figurative worlds" Lynell Burmark This article is part of my own research into visual literacy and book design. What if we could create visual mnenmonics that could capture feelings, experiences and trigger the imagination in powerful ways?

Simple Machines - LiveBinder

Made by 3rd graders! Edheads - Simple Machines Activities - Lever - Pulley - Wedge - Screw - Inclined Plane - Wheel and Axle - Gear

E-book for Advanced University level learners

Activities? Activities will include...Listening tasks from open sourcesLive chats for student feedback (hangouts?)Collaborative writing (wikis) to give opinions & suggestionsChecking our understanding Quizzes to check comprehensionGames to find solutionsOpportunities for learners to create comprehension tools for othersFormattingMust be...user-friendlyintuitive non-intimidating Reflection & feedbackSpace for reflection and feedback Further learning & sharing opporuntiesLearners will have access to links for further learning opportunities.

Students and eTextbooks
Students and eTextbooks - THE SOUTHERN GAZETTE final, The Living Textbook, Using Voice Comments with Google Docs for Peer Editing, Quest - Write text adventure games and interactive stories, The Comic Book Project, Future of the Textbook post by Andre Spang, Example of Andre Spang's student ibooks,
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Beast Academy: grade three math textbooks in monster comics form

Beast Academy is a set of grade three math textbooks and practice books structured as comic books about monsters. The books are "aligned to the common core state standards for grade three," if that matters to you.


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Beyond the Textbook

My brain is tired. That's what you get for spending a day and a half talking about really big issues with really smart people. The Background: Discovery Education, for whom I'm now employed has been involved with digital spaces and for lack of a better word, a textbook, although we call it a techbook.

10 Tips for Effective Digital Instructional Design

Okay, so there are definitely more than 10 things to be considered in instructional design, and not all of them are limited to just the digital mode, but for what it's worth here is what I consider to be a short list of some of the more important things you might like to think about...

English Tree for Beginners by Jason Renshaw

A sample selection of "English Tree" worksheets I've been experimenting on with beginner level adult learners of English... Have you ever noticed how often "newbie" teachers end up with the "newbie" learners in so many ELT contexts?

Digital Textbook Initiative

Review results from all three phases of the Digital Textbook Initiative are listed separately below. Each link will take you to the full CLRN textbook review. While digital textbooks were reviewed for their alignment with the content standards, California's Social Content Review criteria were only applied during Phase Three.

Spin, Weave, and Cut: dissertation

Nick Sousanis cultivates his creative practice at the intersection of image and text. A doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, he is writing and drawing his dissertation entirely in comic book form. This blog shows you each step of his writing process.

Blank pages for course books by Jason Renshaw

This blog post is the third in a I am dedicating to my coursebook series during the month of June. Boost! is a six-strand, four-level skills and integrated skills series made for learners aged 10-15.

Phillip Cox - Books on iBooks

Preview and download top songs and albums by Phillip Cox on the iTunes Store. Songs by Phillip Cox start at just .

Let's Go Camping ebook Design for Young Learners

This blog post is the fourth in a special series I am dedicating to my coursebook series Boost! during the month of June. Boost! is a six-strand, four-level skills and integrated skills series made for learners aged 10-15.

Grassroot Comic Books for Learning

Manuals, publications, and presentations

Unplugged Coursebook "Windows" by Jason Renshaw

is a coursebook concept drawing on potentially ambiguous pictures as a starting point for unplugged language teaching . Well, as you might expect from any quality coursebook production, my new series Windows was a long time in the making... a whole morning in fact.

Write Ways PDFs to Download by Jason Renshaw

For the next week I'll be featuring a series of units for teaching writing skills to t(w)eenage learners of English. I call the approach/materials WriteWays (for lack of a more imaginative title at this point) and they are loosely based on the approach used in my Boost!

How to Create Your Own Textbook - With or Without Apple

By Dolores Gende Apple's iBooks2 and authoring app has created big waves in education circles. But smart educators don't necessarily need Apple's slick devices and software to create their own books. How educators think of content curation in the classroom is enough to change their reliance on print textbooks.

A hybrid Course Design?

Or am I just reinventing a wheel that is already out there in coursebook design? (Digression: Mmm, yes - I'm dilly-dallying about with coursebook design again, which -- depending on your take -- means I'm continuing to explore the idea that coursebook design can improve and become more inclusive of innovative approaches to learning, or else proving yet again what a hypocrite I can be!)

Aggregate, Curate and Create Your Own Textbook

'Beyond the Digital Textbook' as one of the trends with the premise of adding interactivity to digital versions of textbooks. Apple has now partnered with the major textbook publishers with the newly unveiled iBooks Textbooks.