The pages have some pizazz: they are replete with punchy, interactive electronic features — from dynamic illustrations to short quizzes meant to involve students rather than letting them plod, glassy-eyed, from one section to the next. Audio and video clips are woven into the text.Not only those, but the illustrations are interactive.
As students learn about the genetic code, for example, they can match amino acids to corresponding sequences on the double helix to understand how an entire protein emerges from genetic sequences.Other publishers are experimenting along these same lines. For example, with the textbook “Calculus”:
Students can manipulate 650 interactive figures, including graphs of functions, derivatives, and integrals, as they learn the basics of calculus.With another interactive tool, readers can binarize an image of Lady Gaga.
It seems to me that these new tools in digital textbooks could do a lot to draw students in to the lessons and, thus, learn more. I think I would have enjoyed these kinds of “books” back when I was in high school or college.