Textbooks vs. the 21st Century

by Matt on May 12, 2009

in Learning, Technology, Videos

I discovered this video recently and thought it was a humorous look at how students (right or wrong) view textbooks.  I like how the student in this video referred to his textbook as a “foreign tool”.  

In class this year, we are learning about the different parts of a textbook: index, table of contents, glossary. We are also learning about different types of resource books: Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Almanac, Atlas, Thesaurus.  

In addition, we are learning about text features: headings, sub-headings, captions, tables, diagrams, etc.  These are all important things to understand about non-fiction books and knowing these features and parts helps us become better readers and researchers.  

At the same time, it is important to understand (as adults) the world has changed and is continuing to change rapidly. Students are often much more comfortable using online resources and will often turn to these before a textbook or other text reference book.  I think it is important that students know how to navigate both traditional text resources and online resources effectively and safely.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-4232212558646621307

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Mandy Z May 13, 2009 at 2:27 am

But Mr. C… they’re high schoolers. They are much different from US.

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Mandy May 13, 2009 at 3:09 am

DUDE HAVE YOU EVER EVEN READ A BOOK BEFORE??? DUDE THATS NOT MICRO TECHNOLOGY THATS CALLED FLIPPING PAGES. PEOPLE THESE DAYS!!

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kathryn December 13, 2009 at 4:58 pm

I go with Mandy.Yo have u eaven rea a book!!?Wow:/

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