Blog #4

How ‘Big Three’ Publishers Are Approaching iPad Textbooks

Summary: Schools are now incorporating more technology in classrooms in many aspects of students learning. By doing this iPads are becoming a large part of the classroom routine. Three large publishers are approaching iPads textbooks to have their books available to students using iPads. These three publishers are McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. These publishers publish many textbooks in the subjects social studies, math and science for high school students. There are some questions that come about with these new books. The biggest concern was having enough storage space on the iPads. One teacher has only experienced one instance when there wasn’t enough storage and the student had 6,000 songs taking up the space.

Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I believe that this would be a great idea for schools and students. Schools would benefit this by buying cheaper copies of the text for many students to use. Students would benefit by watching videos, hearing audio chips and working with interactive charts. I also believe that this would be a great way to reduce paper use with the hundreds of pages that books need. This would also reduce the need to buy books frequently to save schools money.

Q2: How will the issue help or hinder your teaching practice? Why?

This could hinder my teaching practice because the students would not be able to take home textbook homework problems. Teaching math may become hard when assigning problems from the book for homework. The essential point of a math book is the problems that are provided to do as homework. This would require the teacher to create worksheets on the topic being covered because of the inability for students to take the iPads home. This is something that could hinder a teachers ability to teach. Also convenient access to internet and games on the app store could become an issue.

Q3: How does the news, issues, and trends relate to other issues or theories you’ve learned in this class or other classes?

The trend of technology has played a major role in the development of these virtual books. These publishers were probably feeling the pressure to update and innovate to fit in with this technology era. This can become hard for teachers to teach because some students may become distracted by other apps or features on the iPads. Students could go on internet and play games whenever they please with the convenient access.


Blog #3

Physical Activity and Digital Learning: Two Peas in a Pod

Summary: Physical activity has become an issue in a new digital society. A school called Carpe Diem Collegiate Middle and High School have blended learning with no physical education class. The students in this school can get physical activity at any point throughout the day. At another school Silicon Valey Flex Academy the school is across the street from a Crossfit gym that offers students a Crossfit for Kids program. The author believes that this is a far superior way to health education.

Q1: What is your opinion of the issue in the article? Agree or disagree? Why?

I feel that this is a great way for students to increase learning in the classroom. Students are able to renew their minds after a long class that wore them out. When going to their next class the student can be disconnected and many studies show that students work well after a workout. The part that I did not understand was if these students were dismissed from work in other classes to work on their fitness. Also, the student could not just get up and leave class. This would be hard to maintain the security of knowing where the student is and being responsible for them.

Q2: What limitations or criticisms of the idea are important to consider?

A limitation to this idea is that most schools are low income and can’t afford the equipment for numerous students to work out at the same time. Also bigger schools would need to offer more people to supervise students so that they are uninjured by themselves or equipment. There should be a class on proper ways to workout and stretch for the first week. Then students could still workout at any point throughout the day.

Q3: What examples of issues have you observed in your own experience?

I have experienced a terrible physical education class. The teacher that taught did not personalize workouts or help us strive to eat right as well as pursuing physical activity. The class was very awkward as a young female and the physical activity was mandatory. I would have preferred a culinary class to learn to cook and eat healthier. I feel that it became very complicated to sit through six hours of classes to have gym last period. My mind was able to work at the end of the day, not during the day.