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 prices. ◦ 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 http://www.amazon.com/ref=gno_logo ◦ 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 advantages. ◦ 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 online newspapers and accessing those rather than actually receiving a print newspaper. 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. https://www.nytimesathome.com/checkout.php?step=1). http://www.businessinsider.com/2009/1/printing-the-nyt-costs-twice-as-much-as-sending-everysubscriber-a-free-kindle 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.