The inclusive nature of digital textbooks has the potential to powerfully meet the diverse learning needs of students who are exceptional. The most practical elements of digital text are the simple ones. For example, students with vision impairments can use the text-to-speech or screen readers found within universal access programs to have text read aloud to them. Students can tailor text to their specific needs by changing font size and type. A simple change of background color can greatly improve text readability for learners.
Open-source textbooks sound like a great idea, right? thinks so. The promise of open-source textbooks led California governor Jerry Brown to approve two pieces of legislation in September 2012: The first provides state funding for 50 open-source digital textbooks that will be developed by the state's universities. The second establishes an online library to host the books.
Thank you John. Your post is correct and very informative. I enjoyed reading it. My experience being a permissions editor in the U.S. with transitioning from print to digital textbooks was and still is with the issue of visibility. There is the need to go back and re-clear permissions for electronic usage. The “print” book used to sit on a shelf, but now with books available electronically the use of 3rd party material is completely visible and publishers need to be careful to clear the correct rights for their usage. This can be a huge and costly project for large publishers and something to include in their budgets.Reply
Furthermore, many colleges and universities have taken matters into their own hands, such as Washington's community and technical colleges. They have already created an housing open digital textbooks and supplemental materials, such as syllabi and activities. These materials can be used either in online schooling or in traditional classrooms.
With features like these, along with more advanced features, digital textbooks could decrease teacher-planning time and increase teacher-student interaction with content. For teachers, digital textbooks provide assistive technology in compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA, 2004). This law requires that assistive technology resources be made available to all persons with disabilities and provides funding to make these resources possible. In addition, Public Law 100-407, the Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act, requires that all students who are exceptional receive technology resources that support access to grade-level appropriate content.