The new standard of education is changing so many facets of the way students learn and experience school.
For a very long time, textbooks have always been a non-negotiable learning material for students of basic education to graduate studies. When the pandemic forced many schools to adapt an online distance learning setup, institutions began to examine the need for printed books and the alternative opportunities presented by digital books or e-books.
In response to the need to provide more alternatives to more students, Rex Education has expanded its printed textbook offering with e-book versions and various free digital learning and assessment materials. The goal is not to replace printed books, but to create more options tailored to the varying needs and circumstances of the entire Filipino learners they serve.
The dawn of e-books and its effects on learning
The students are now digital natives; they breathe and live the Internet and the digital age. This makes the use of e-books more natural and more familiar to them.
The greatest strength of eBooks is its portability. An unlimited number of eBooks can be stored in a single device, and can be carried and read anytime, anywhere. Ease of transport and availability of e-books became very important, especially during the pandemic school year, when many parents did not want to put themselves at unnecessary risk just to pick up books from school. Some families have also decided to leave Manila and even the country at the height of the pandemic, making it difficult for students to get hold of the printed textbooks.
But while eBooks had many strengths in an online digital learning setup, they also had limitations and weaknesses. Two of the biggest problems with eBooks are digital fatigue and distraction.
These days when kids are stuck at home they are exposed to unhealthy screen time. Rex Education, a leading provider of learning solutions in the Philippines, recommends that screen time for elementary school students aged 6 to 12 be only 1.5 hours per day. For high school students aged 13 to 17, the recommended screen time should not exceed 2 hours per day. This recommended number is easily exceeded when classes are held online and homework requires online research, and the learning material available to them is also digital. The additional exposure to screen time certainly increases students’ sensitivity to screen fatigue, which can lead to blurred vision, redness, dryness, and irritation.
Tablets and gadgets loaded with e-books are usually also filled with music, entertainment, and games that can end up being more entertaining than useful. Technology can be so exciting that the conversation focuses on the button to press rather than the content.
People who read eBooks tend to get sidetracked more easily, but not just because the Internet is close at hand. Digital readers tend to spend more time researching keywords than actually processing what they read. It’s easy to get distracted by links and get dragged into an internet rabbit hole of irrelevant and sometimes dangerous content on the web.
The value of printed textbooks in the digital age
Printed books have been around for decades for a reason: They are less painful on the eyes and provide a more tangible experience for the reader. And when it comes to the retention capacity and learning experience between eBooks and print books, print books reign supreme.
According to a study presented in Italy, it was found that readers of printed books absorbed and retained more of the material they read than readers of e-books. Books also give students the opportunity to write notes and highlight important information, helping them better assimilate and understand the subject.
Students who have books at home are also more likely to score better on tests, according to a study of readers from 42 countries. It doesn’t matter how many books you own, but each additional book helps kids do better in school. Researchers believe this is because having books at home encourages children to read for fun and to talk to their parents about what they have learned, which can only be beneficial for children. them in class.
Compared to e-books, printed books present no distraction, but the imagination. Books provide gateways to unlock the capacities of the brain, encouraging the learner to bring together the things they have learned, thus allowing for better retention of learning.
While books continue to be found to be better for a student’s learning experience, the pandemic has made it difficult for students and parents to purchase printed books. The required sets of textbooks were bulky, had to be transported, and required a significant amount of home storage.
The new standard in learning materials
To balance the strengths and weaknesses of print and digital books, Rex Education has taken on the responsibility of offering as many options as possible to meet the different needs of students, both print and digital.
âAs schools implement different models of distance learning, it is important for us to be more inclusive and flexible in providing access to quality and relevant learning material. Since schools can serve students with different setups at home or even from different locations, offering the option of digital and print books makes it easier for students to choose the learning material that suits their needs. Said Don Timothy Buhain, CEO of Rex Education. âRex Education believes that quality education should be accessible to every Filipino learner, and this is what we always strive to achieve in every print and digital book we create. “
To date, Rex Education has made a wide range of print books and eBooks available on its digital bookstore to make quality education more accessible to everyone. Parents, educators and students can now easily browse and purchase Rex Education’s wide range of learning solutions in print or digital format via www.rexestore.com.
Technology will never replace good parenting and good teachers. So when you read to your child, whether it’s a traditional or electronic book, keep the conversation lively. Talk about what he sees on the page. Ask him what he thinks will happen next. Because as researchers and educators all agree, the most important application, especially for small children, is real human support.