Lindsay Hartgraves, Kaci Barry
E-Material: educational material that revolves around
hyperlinks to other sites on the internet. It includes: texts,
graphics, videos, audio files and more that can all be viewed
using a computer and the internet.
E-books and E-news are examples of e-materials that can be
used to educate students in a more technologically advanced
environment. E-books have become especially popular with
new equipment such as the Kindle, a wireless reading device,
as well as Apples new i-pad and other
similar devices. Reading has
become an easily accessible
educational technique with the
rapid increase of technology.
E-books has made acquiring and reading novels much
more accessible than ever before. Textbooks and other
required reading for classes can be downloaded to the
previously mentioned Kindle, and full novels can be
found on websites that offer their entire text on the
screen of a computer, i-pad or other electronical
devices. Instead of buying a book from a store, its
available with the simple click of a mouse!
Audio books are also readily available
online through sites such as i-tunes.
This enables readers to follow along with
the text and enhance their learning
experience with audio!
E-materials such as e-books can vary greatly in
◦ Some e-books are free, such as websites with full
novels. http://www.readprint.com/ is an example.
◦ Other e-books require the reader to purchase some kind
of unit in order to use their product. A kindle is an
example. The newest Kindle costs $139, and books cost
around $9.99. This is generally a much less expensive
alternative to buying hardcovers or paperbacks. This
option is especially convenient for purchasing textbooks
at lower prices. Kindles are sold by amazon at
◦ While the Kindle itself can be considered expensive, the
savings from the books purchased on it can yield
savings for the student.
E-books present many benefits and
◦ E-books can be delivered instantly
from the internet. It is just like
purchasing any other product.
◦ E-books take up less space. You can
store hundreds and thousands of ebooks to your computer.
◦ E-books consists of pictures and
audio which can enhance the message
the author is trying to convey.
◦ No trees are required to manufacture
paper for the pages of e-books.
◦ E-books can be stored safely and can
be carried from one place to another
instead of the traditional way, carrying
numerous books.
A combination of several different
types of media, most commonly
electronic media. This type of
literacy is recognized as expanding
the means of communication
through graphics, audio, video and
text. A new type of literacy is that of
newspapers and accessing those
rather than actually receiving a print
Online technology has become such a dominant force in the
communication world that it has nearly completely phased
out print newspaper and radio communication.
Radio shows and Television shows are now being broadcasted
online in an attempt to make them more accessible to
viewers. This is a complete change from back in the day when
radio and newspapers were the only means of finding out
about news and other important events.
Schools rely on online books, newspapers and journals to find
their information and print newspapers are becoming virtually
useless in classrooms.
More schools are establishing computer labs and giving
access to laptops in the classroom and this allows for
students to read all former print materials online, whether
they need access to news, history and etc.
A daily subscription to The New York Times costs up to $7.40 a week,
multiply that by 52 weeks in a year and that totals to $384.8.
Buying an Apple MacBook can cost up to $999. After less than 3 years of
viewing The New York Times online for free and not receiving a print
version, you have already paid for your MacBook. It is evident that it is
cheaper to access things online especially newspapers and magazines
and this is being utilized in classrooms everywhere.
Printing The New York Times costs twice as much as sending every
subscriber a free Kindle. This shows that it is becoming cheaper and
smarter to access things online versus print.
This makes it more obvious that technology is the clear front runner for
obtaining information. Multimedia literacy is being used more often in
classrooms and is becoming the way students and teachers
communicate, read articles, submit papers, and do almost everything
related to the classroom.
The internet is so evident in education that entire classes are being done
over the web and this limits the use of actual textbooks, actual paper
tests and voice communication between teachers and students.
Technology and literacy are becoming virtually intertwined and it seems
difficult to imagine society ever going back to the days of chalkboards
and bound books.