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What is the uptake of ebooks in South African Schools?

Monday, February 4th, 2013 | Blogging, e-Learning pioneers, technology | Comments Off

Ask this question to different people and you will get different responses:

Vendors of tablets may point to some schools where ebooks are already in use and argue that they are a reality in many schools and that other schools are catching on at lightning speed.

Education departments, in general, have little to say about this topic.

Only a small percentage of teachers want to see ebooks in their classrooms … the majority will hang onto printed ones for as long as they can.

So, what is the real uptake of ebooks in South African schools?  The folks that know best are the book publishers.  They should be able to tell us how ebook distribution compares with that of printed textbooks.

The biggest supplier of textbooks to schools in South Africa reckons that “SA schools [are] still slow to catch on with ebooks”.

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Computers are so … last year!

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010 | Computer Usage | 9 Comments

The rapid progression of technology was brought home to me when I read the following on a blog posting about free e-books this morning:

These books can be downloaded in multiple digital formats, including sometimes ePub and Kindle formats. This gives you the ability to read the works on the Kindle, iPad and other mainstream e-book readers. But the old fashioned computer will also do the job.

The part that jolted me was the implication of the last sentence!.

The days of viewing computers as high-tech are over!  Portable devices are now the rage and many of them are as powerful – or even more powerful – than a PC or laptop.  Some of them serve a specialised purpose such as e-readers; others are versatile, combining a cell phone, camera and all the normal computer functionality in one device.

Scores of learners on the African continent are walking with cell phones in their bags and the number of things they can do with them increase by the day.  Sadly, many of their teachers are still in the BC (before computers) era, and some of them have started just recently using old-fashioned computers.

Teachers … do you read a lesson in this?

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e-mail, e-book, e-learning …. e- pioneer

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010 | e-Learning pioneers | 4 Comments

What is the correct way to refer to electronic mail in writing?  Is it eMail, email, e-mail or electronic mail?

It seems as if most dictionaries, publishers and writers have standardized on e-mail.  The same is true of e-book, e-learning, e-literate, e-commerce and any other e-thingy.

Don’t forget the hyphen (-). Get into the habit of using it when you write reports or e-mails.

Dear John,

Thank you for your prompt response to my e-mail …

In view of this convention in writing, I believe it will be in order to talk about an e-pioneer – using the term e-learning pioneer seems so long-winded.  And perhaps e-pioneer is a more apt term to describe those people who go into schools to encourage the use of digital resources, including e-books and e-mail – their work is not only about e-learning.

Viva, all e-pioneers.

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