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Online Spanish Textbook

posted Jan 30, 2010, 10:23 AM by Alex Pearson   [ updated Jan 30, 2010, 10:34 AM ]
Here are the impressions of Lauren Bowes, an impeccably fashionable and gifted colleague of mine at The Episcopal Academy who teaches world languages:
"It's been very interesting using it.  The kids initially had a bad reaction to it.  This all started because our state books were denied due to the financial situation in Pennsylvania.  Our books were just sitting in a warehouse back in September.  I decided to make lemonade out of those lemons and just use the online resources that are made available to us.  By the time our textbooks finally arrived, most kids had a change of heart and still kept using the computers instead of the textbooks.  One boy in my class still prefers the text and brings it to class, which is fine by me.  Others took the texts home, and still the remaining texts just sit in the class for "emergency situations." 

Benefits of the online text:  it's one less book for the kids to carry, and it's available anywhere in the world so long as they have an internet connection. 

Disadvantages:  internet speed, connection, etc.  Your typical setbacks when trying to use technology in the classroom."
Here is a case of natural selection in the classroom if there ever was one. Broken of the habit of using a book, the kids chose not to go back. A wonderful, accidental experiment. Read more at (no relation) Pearson Publishing's site: