Our summer pilot “Reading Digitally” focused on exploring the world of ebooks and online reading.
The experience was quite engaging and powerful for those involved, and I highly recommend others host a similar experienceespecially if you are having discussions about ebooks, etextbooks, transliteracy, literacy, etc.
Without this experience, our perceptions and beliefs become the focus instead of our actual experience.
Two Important Notes
1. It is important to note that our experience was not one where we brought together “edtech” folks. In fact, a number of those part of the process were not vested in edtech and this is something I find most valuable with any pilot I establish.
2. We used iPads for a variety of reasons, but it is the device that offers the greatest potential in the area of eBook readers with the combination tablet experience. Our explorations of other readers lacked critical functionality (at the time) as both an eBook reader and tablet.
Click Reading Digitally Infographic for a pdf of the infographic that looks at our data gained at the end of the experience.