Apple publishes Georgia College digital textbook
Georgia College graduate students have taken a cutting-edge approach to publishing academic textbooks.
Nine students of Dr. Chris Greer’s Advanced Technology for Teachers course have produced an electronic textbook titled “Using Technology in Education,” — one of the first publications created by students and published through Apple iBookstore.
“It’s a cool, well-designed eBook,” said Greer, associate professor of Instructional Technology in the John H. Lounsbury College of Education. “We’re one of the first classes in the country to publish our own digital textbook with the Apple store. After we submitted it, no revisions were needed. The textbook passed Apple’s screening process, which speaks to the quality of the students’ work.”
The free, downloadable textbook is available on any iPad with iBooks.
Nine chapters provide engaging text, photos and videos that explore current technology the modern educator can use in K-12 and higher education classrooms.
“This movement toward electronic textbooks and tablet computers could revolutionize K-12 and higher education,” Greer said. “Digital textbooks are inexpensive and can be updated more quickly and easily. Our textbook strives to look at technology and education together.”
Students developed the textbook during an intense three-week summer course.
The course introduced students to publishing books using new app iBooks Author, a free software available on Apple computers. iBooks Author creates multi-touch textbooks that feature galleries, 3-D objects and interactive diagrams to help bring text to life.
The graduates researched, photographed and filmed all content for the book.
Students also interviewed instructional technology and education experts on campus to gather background for their individual chapters.
Chapter topics range from social media and document cameras to assistive technology and e-readers.
Educational technology major Josh Miller wrote about ways educational institutions decide what technologies to use for their individual schools.
“Technology in education is an emerging field and is an important tool in education,” said Miller of Eastman, Ga. “Researching Department of Education studies and interviewing information technology staff at Georgia College gave me a better understanding of how technology is chosen for higher education purposes.”
English major and educator Crystal Burt, ’08, ’09, currently applies her course experience into her classroom at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville.
She teaches using an interactive whiteboard, which connects a computer to a projector. The touch-sensitive display allows Burt to incorporate illustrations, videos, text and graphics into classroom lessons.
“My chapter educates teachers about the three major distributors of interactive whiteboards and discusses accessories, links and other resources of this product,” said Burt, who is now earning a specialist degree in education at Georgia College. “The entire textbook teaches teachers new ways to integrate technology into their courses.”
Greer plans to offer the course again during summer 2013.
“More than 600 school districts across the country have adopted a 1:1 iPad program in their schools, meaning an iPad for every student,” he said. “Digital textbooks, apps and online learning tools will become quite common in K-12 and higher education. It’s exciting we’re at the forefront of this new era in education.”
Click here to download the digital textbook.
For more information contact Dr. Chris Greer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478-445-7367.