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Using eReaders, ePaper and eInk in education
Pedagogical perspectives on how portable eBook Readers and other ePaper devices are being/ could be used in education
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22 September 2009
There are many eBook reader devices such as the Amazon Kindle, Sony Reader and Hanlin eReader, but there is not enough discussion of their role in teaching and learning. Currently, these devices are expensive and therefore usage is restricted. If the costs come down, are we ready with ideas about how useful they might be?
Chantal Gorissen at the Open University of the Netherlands has written a short report (dated January 2009) outlining 'educational models' for the use of eBook Readers and ePaper devices in education. Reading from an eReader and from a laptop are compared. The paper argues that eBook Readers are best for recreational reading , whereas ePaper devices allow highlighting, note-making, drawing on the text. So students might want to share highlighted or annotated texts, and teachers could comment directly on students' work and send it back to them. This could be done by downloading/uploading texts between the ePaper device and the online learning environment.
The pdf of the report can be downloaded here: Gorissen, Ch. (2009). Towards an educational model of eReaders in education. Heerlen, The Netherlands: Instellingsbreed Programma Onderwijs. http://dspace.ou.nl/handle/1820/1935?mode=full
15:52 on 22 September 2009 (Edited 16:40 on 22 September 2009)
Another resource from the Open University of the Netherlands is a paper published in July 2009. It considers the use of E-Ink Readers in distance education. The paper gives lots of information about e-ink readers and creation of content for e-ink readers. They also gave 14 students one device each (Hanlin V3), for free, pre-loaded with some course material, and later evaluated their use of the device, but the pedaogical purpose is not explained. The students mainly read the e-content "at home", suggesting perhaps that mobility was not a priority for most of these students. The 6-inch display was considered fine for reading. Students could not make notes, and most of them would have wanted to. This empirical research seems very limited but the paper gives a good overview of trends and issues. The research was sponsored by the University Council.
The full text pdf may be accessed from the Journal website: Janssens, G. and Martin, H. (2009) The Feasibility of E-Ink Readers in Distance Learning: A Field Study. International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies (iJIM), Vol 3, No 3. http://online-journals.org/i-jim/article/viewArticle/726
16:37 on 22 September 2009 (Edited 16:40 on 22 September 2009)