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With the advances in technology, these days, children are growing up and adapting to technology all around them-computers, tablets, smart devices, remote controlled gadgets etc,.
Henceforth, educational institutions have realized that the only way they can keep up with the technological advances and maintain the interest of the students (learners) in education is by bringing digital technology into classrooms, which includes whiteboards, virtual projectors and predominantly electronic books or eBooks.
Educational Institutions and Publishers (specifically academic) have begun to accept that eBooks (digital textbooks) have more potential to deliver effective education than their traditional counterparts, as eBooks create an efficient, interactive and thus effective learning environment for children.
eBooks being interactive provide both fun and entertainment thus making children at low ages to get attracted more and for learners in higher education the interactive features (with multimedia content) provide more choices than the traditional print textbooks.
eBooks, thus, offer students to learn outside the classroom environment at their convenience.
eBooks are changing Education due to the following reasons:
a) Easy to Store, Carry and Move Around:
eBooks are gradually replacing the traditional printed textbooks as more students are embracing technology and hence educational institutions too are making eBooks as a part of the curriculum as eBooks provide learners with a highly portable learning solution.
Students can carry around with ease thus no longer have to carry a heavy backpack and have a possibility to forget their books at home.
b) Generate Interest in Learning:
Smart Devices and in particular mobiles provide fun while continuing with learning to be interactive. When teachers put eBooks into place, instead of traditional print textbooks, this would help develop students’ interest to go through the learning lessons/course content more often.
Also students have a leverage to access the course material anytime anywhere, at their convenience.
c) Increases Collaboration between Teachers (Educators) and Students (Learners):
eBooks are embedded with social savvy features where students can share content, references and discuss homework, assignments and projects, thus encouraging more collaboration and interactivity with teachers and students.
Participation of students in online discussion forums will assist to interact with peers and other students and teachers across the school.
Online student communities help students to stay in touch with each other and be aware of latest developments.
d) Foster Interactive Learning:
eBooks come with rich multimedia content in various formats which paves a way for students to learn in an interesting and interactive manner with the incorporation of images, audio, video and furthermore.
Recent eBooks are also coming with a read-aloud feature – highlights text as content is being read out – which fosters more interactive learning.
Animated-videos present content in a fun and easy-to-remember and engaging manner which helps students to stay engaged while learning.
e) Increase Performance and Learning Capability:
eBooks have quizzes and tests that evaluate students’ performance from time-to-time so that teachers can measure the level of understanding of the concepts of their students and come up with personalized learning plans to make students’ learning process more efficient and effective.
eBooks enables teachers to assign homework/assessments/projectwork online to their students and monitor progress, thus paving the way for increasing learning capability and increased performance.
f) Provide Immersive Learning Experiences (with AR/VR/MR):
AR/VR/MR provide rich real-time experiences that no print textbooks can provide thus adding additional information in the form of 3D-images than normal ones, thus making learning experiences more immersive.
Decentralization of learning topics and hence content will be achieved.
eBooks are all-in-one learning devices via its interactive features facilitate more engagement thus offering an engaging learning experience. eBooks allow students to annotate, bookmark (page/chapter), highlight content, online dictionary, access to internet etc, apart from letting students to adjust font size and style, contrast, brightness and zoom level as per their choice of preferences.
Publishers can produce high-quality and relevant content and drive more sales with the development of interactive eBooks thus making the learning journey more fun, interesting, interactive and informative.
Harnessing technology advancements in digital publishing is very important for Publishers for the benefit of revolution happening with technology in EdTech.
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