The publishing platform
Once the eTextbook is outlined and aligned to the Common Core State Standards, it’s time to choose a publishing tool. Rothbauer chose iBooks, because they’re “desgined to be as interactive as possible while still teaching the content in an inquiry-based way” she said.
For a tutorial on using iBooks: https://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=441094
Once a publishing tool has been chosen and the eTextbook outlined, there are many interactive resources that can be embedded within the digital text.
For example, educators using iBooks can use:
For both PC platforms Mac platforms, educators can use interactive tools, such as:
- Socrative and InfuseLearning—student response systems for mobile or online learning. Watch a how-to on both tools: http://new.livestream.com/DEN/events/2034463
- Science videos from Steve Spangler
- Khan Academy videos
- Interactive Sites for Education
- Interactive science simulations
- Common Core resources
- Interactive Language Arts, math, and social studies websites
- Scholastic-supported interactive history resource
Once the eTextbook is created, Rothbauer said it should be fairly easy to update the content as needed.
Of course, she added, there are still many issues to consider when creating your own eTextbook such as copyright.
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