Sunday, December 9, 2012

Distance Education Technologies

E-books are simply digital or electronic versions of paper books. Instead of being printed onto paper and bound into books, the text is formatted into a digital file and read via a special e-book reader, computer or other electronic device.

Specialist software such as Mobipocket or eReader allow e-books to be accessed on a wide variety of devices including pda´s and mobile phones. E-books are available in a large number of formats ranging from simple pdf files to formats with sophisticated in build functionality. While basic formats simply allow the text to be read on the screen, added functionality such as the ability to annotate text or add bookmarks gives greater flexibility to the reader.

There are a wide range of e-books available ranging from the latest bestseller to books written and published by an aspiring author. All genres are covered including non-fiction and fiction, and a growing number of newspapers and magazines are available in an electronic format. The ease of publishing e-books means that books on specialist or niche subjects which might not previously been viable can now be published electronically.

I selected E-Books because of its mobility the ability to have a library at your finger your via the Library E-Books component.  You can also back up books without worrying about fire-proofing your books.  Students are able to read assigned material from anywhere without having to log-in to a university and navigate to get to the library and then find the assigned reading selection.

I would incorporate e-books into my personal practice for use of research and to assign course subject matter readings.  For example, the books for the last several courses I’ve taken I’ve  hardly use especially when it comes to research.


Miniature handheld computers called PDA’s are not only bombarding corporate America,
but they are also noticeably making their mark on college campuses. The question is,
how much impact are they making on the way students learn and instructors teach.
These devices were born from a simple calculator and over two decades have transformed
into a walking computer complete with Internet access.
With the advancement in technology and data speeds it is evident PDA’s will continue to
add value to education in the future.

I selected PDAs because many adults are enrolled in classes to enhance not only their education, but their current careers.  The PDA would give one the ability to make connections with work and school with the device.

I would incorporate the device by expanding on and providing feedback to teachers regarding walk-through observations and to connect with other professional in regards to educational practices. 


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