Is this the start of the era of digital textbooks? The ERPI Editions believe it. During a workshop at the 29th AQUOPS conference, around fifty participants were able to familiarize themselves with Option Science, a collection offered in theOnline edition.
Anne Marchand presents an overview of the different possibilities of the new digital manuals designed by Éditions ERPI. "We are no longer talking about a USB key that complements the traditional teaching method," announces the facilitator. An annual subscription allows users of our new publications to access our Online Publishing platform ”.
The manual that served as an example throughout the presentation was that ofScience option intended for secondary school customers. It is not a simple PDF document that is projected onto a IWB.
At first glance, you don't get lost, because the visual presentation allows you to turn the pages, as you do with a traditional manual. Projection mode allows you to magnify all parts of the book (images, graphics and text) without losing quality. This practice is useful since BITs are not as big as green boards. Like a paper book, you can also consult the table of contents. This time, however, the teacher can arrange it according to his teaching sequence. A planning mode also allows him to prepare his lessons by highlighting, adding notes and identifying his favorite pages.
Throughout the workshop, Daniel, a secondary school teacher, completes Ms. Marchand's comments by explaining how he integrates this new tool into his teaching. “I'm not a tech pro,” he says. But I went from the paper manual to the digital manual. It took some getting used to, but I wouldn't go back. "
The advantage of such a manual is the possibility of inserting personal notes. During planning, the teacher can highlight the course content they want to emphasize. “For my part, I chose not to distribute lecture notes anymore,” says the science teacher. I want my students to be independent and they design their course notes from what is highlighted ”.
Another benefit of a digital textbook is the personalization of the content. "I add Internet links for my students to consult and exercises," adds the physics teacher. I also include personal reminders that are useful to me when I teach. Suggestions for videos available on the Internet could also be incorporated into the annotations, the latter being clearly identified by push pins in the manual pages.
Flash-like animations are also included in the material in this collection. These are particularly useful in science to better conceptualize certain notions. “Even though my students are in their last year of high school, they fight to interact with the animation,” he laughs. You might think it's too baby for them, but no! "
Currently, the model favored by teachers seems to be a hybrid mode. The teacher has a digital textbook, but the students have a traditional textbook that they can leaf through. ERPI Publishing is hopeful that after this first step, school clients will be ready to allow students to consult their textbook online as well as their exercise book.
The platform used by Éditions ERPI is that of Pearson, originally developed to support digital content at the university and college levels. Currently, it is used for secondary and soon for primary.
When the Infobourg questioned the teacher to find out if his green board had been relegated to oblivion, he answered simply. “My green board is almost gone. You know, I used to use colored chalk to illustrate my concepts. Now, thanks to the TBI, I'm coming home clean! "
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