When I hear “beyond textbooks” this is what I think of:
- Using augmented reality applications to enhance images and diagrams and make them interactive.
- Embedding video and audio into digital textbooks. Granted, this can be done in webpages.
- Building interactive, choose-own-adventure pages into digital textbooks. Including checks for understanding that provide students with immediate feedback before moving on to a new section of the textbook.
- Providing a base digital textbook that teachers can quickly and easily customize the content of those textbooks to match their curricula.
What do you think of when you hear "beyond textbooks?"
Full disclosure: Discovery is paying my expenses for the trip and I am speaking at a Discovery Education event in Vermont this summer.