Do digital textbooks really offer added value? Are teachers happy there?
The teachers consulted see advantages in integrating these new teaching materials in the classroom. Marie-Josée Lavoie, in first year, likes to obtain in a few clicks the tools necessary to answer the instructions according to the context and the difficulties encountered by her students. “My toolbox contains what I need. It stays there, close at hand. For example, I have hands and chips to illustrate numbers or tens and hundreds that can burst with a click. In addition to being visual, it is very pleasant. Thanks to these virtual tools, my cleaning is done! She laughs.
This teacher also likes being able to modify the data included in a problem solving to adapt the tasks to the abilities of her students. The stronger ones can therefore obtain a more difficult problem and do a modeling in front of their comrades who will in turn be able to carry out an easier problem situation. Among the other advantages noted, she mentions the reproducible files available in PDF or .doc. This last format allows him to open the form using his word processing software to personalize the content according to his needs.
On the side of the editors, we are trying different approaches to improve the traditional textbook. For its part, Grand DUC, like other publishing houses, offers these reproducible files in modifiable format which are popular with teachers. The editor is also working on the textbook to be projected, which offers the student a direct visual reference to the page of his textbook. Another feature offered by Grand DUC is self-correcting online testing. The student can log in at home and complete a homework questionnaire. The results are then transmitted directly to his teacher, alleviating the latter's correction task.
In his promotional video, ERPI says it is making an effort to simplify the planning of high school teachers. To do this, it gives them tools at their fingertips: a search tool to find a concept in a digital manual, direct links to access complementary material, tools to highlight or enlarge parts of pages, mark pages. favorites and even share annotations in digital student textbooks.
On the Modulo side, books in digital format can be projected at the TBI and leafed through in front of the students. Related documents that support the content are grafted into it. “What does not require interactivity is offered in PDF format, but what is interactive is programmed in HTML format,” says Caroline Viel. Let's quote their brand new Cyberaltas, a complement to the traditional atlas which provides updated maps and data, digital content to be projected and activities to test knowledge.