Etextbook teaching strategies

E-textbook Teaching Strategies Presented by Ave Maria Press © 2010


In this Webinar, presented by Jared Dees, Adolescent Catechetical Specialist at Ave Maria Press, you will learn elearning teaching strategies for to use with e-textbooks. Teachers will find this advice very useful in this digital age.

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E-textbook Teaching Strategies

Presented by Ave Maria Press

© 2010

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Opening PrayerFeast of St. Charles Borromeo

Patron Saint of Catechists

O Saintly reformer, animator of spiritual renewal of priests and religious, you organized true seminaries and wrote a standard catechism. Inspire all religious teachers and authors of catechetical books. Move them to love and transmit only that which can form true followers of the Teacher who was divine. Amen.

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What has worked for you?

Type your most successful e-textbook or laptop teaching strategy or activity in the

Questions section of the Go To Webinar Panel.

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About the Presenter

Jared Dees

Adolescent Catechetical Specialist

at Ave Maria Press

Email [email protected]

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Advanced Organizer

1. Teenage Digital Natives

2. How Teens Use Technology to Learn

3. Details on E-textbooks

4. Additional Tools that Students Can Use

5. Tutorial of

6. Sample E-textbook Teaching Strategies

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The Digital NativesYour students spend:

• 1:22 hours watching TV per day• 1:14 hours listening to music per day• 1:30 hours on their phones per day (and send or

receive 96 text messages per day) • 0:25 minutes gaming per day• 0:23 minutes on the Internet per day (1:00 hour

total on the computer day)

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This may surprise you…

• Teenagers spend 0:25 minutes reading per day (more than both the Internet or gaming)

• 25% of teenagers read the newspaper daily• Teenagers spend almost 18 hours LESS than

adults on the Internet per week. • Teenagers spend 35% less time watching

online videos than adults ages 25-34. • 77% of the time, teenagers focus on one

medium at a time (myth of multi-tasking).

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Sources on Statistics

• Prensky, Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants • Nielson Study, “How Teens Use Media” (June

2009) • Kaiser Family Foundation, “Daily Media Use

Among Children and Teens Up Dramatically From Five Years Ago” (January 2010)

• Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Internet and American public life project

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How students learn with computers today

• “Google it.”

• Wikipedia

• Copy & Paste Reports

• Social Sharing

• Video (YouTube)

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Words of warning with technology

• Multitasking

• Finding Reliable Resources

• Plagiarism

• Turning off text-speak (LOL)

• Lack of Critical Thinking

• Privacy Concerns

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Work with Parents

• Parents as Partners – Convince them to monitor their children online– Send home letters or emails – Beginning of school year meeting

• Social Networking Sites – Read their posts – Logout and check your son or daughter’s page

• Cell Phones – Parental control time limit

• Set up Google Alerts

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Benefits of E-textbooks

• Reliable information on the web

• Students are comfortable with technology

• Technology = engaging for teens

• Students can create within the book

• Integrate with other e-learning systems (i.e. Moodle, wikis, etc.)

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E-textbook Capabilities

• Projecting the book in front of the class

• Examining pictures

• Highlighting, note-taking, linking, book-marking

• Searching within the text

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Incorporating Other Tools

Note-taking: – Evernote – Microsoft OneNote – Google Notebook – Microsoft Word Document – Google Docs

Book-marking: – Delicious:

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Online Collaboration Tools

• Facebook (yep, you can’t stop it)

• Google Docs: Documents, Spreadsheets, Drawings

• Wikipages

• Blogs: Blogger, Wordpress, Typepad, Weebly, Tumbler, and more…

• Moodle

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Creating Presentations

• Microsoft PowerPoint

• Microsoft Publisher

• Google Docs: Presentation

• Zoho Show:

• Animoto:

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Creating Content







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They’re moving!!

Classroom Resources @

Handouts, Reading Guides, PowerPoints, Crossword Puzzles, Maps, Tests, Links of Interest

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Ave Maria Press Textbooks in Xplana

• Introduce the Xplana learning platform

• Survey the e-textbook platform

• Examples of Teaching Strategies: – Modeling note-taking and highlighting – Answering Review Questions – Pre-reading strategies – Responding to activities – Using Evernote

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Resources for Teachers

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