Electronic Textbook (Phase II)

Educators, parents, and students have long complained about science textbooks that are too encyclopedic. The endless new terms, page after page, fact after fact. Students are bored and learning is compromised.

Of course you need a curriculum that acts as a baseline to use the technology. The Integrating Science, Math, and Technology Curriculum (K-8) is an ideal curriculum to see if technology can enhance learning for both the teacher and the student. It has been proven in a 10 year study, that when science is taught in a spiraling manner, science content comes alive through hands-on materials, reading, art, and history. The program, which was designed by scientists, continues to be one of the most rigorous curriculum on the market. However, in the study we found that administrators and teachers prevented the students from a fully engaged science program. Most are not trained well enough in our universities to handle the rigors of teaching science.

Technology can help create an interactive textbook that includes educational games and quizzes that challenge a studentís ability to read the material. The technology can also assist the teacher to help guide their instruction. What teacher doesnít want pictures, video, and sound that can enhance their presentation.

So we wanted to see if technology could help teachers instruct more effectively. After several successes and failures with technology, pen computing, and the internet we feel we are have found a solution.

Curriculum is still the backbone of the project. We are now using pen computers (QBE, Fujitsu), web appliances (Clio, Knowledge Pad), and LCD projectors (Compaq).

With the generous help of Quia Corp., Mainstreet (Clio), Microsoft (Windows 2000, Windows CE), and Integrated Learning Systems (donated the projector, pen computers, and Knowledge Pad) we are now embarking on a new study to determine if students and teachers can use the material and enhance their learning and presentations.

Preliminary results have been very positive. Review student reaction to the Clio.

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