That's just a logistics thing, though. Actually, that would be kind of the idea in print-your-own textbooks in the first place - decent up-to-date content that can be prepared ready for the coming half term, no need to supplement your textbooks with a wodge of extra photocopied sheets. What is it they're photocopying so much of, out of interest?Originally Posted by pete
Get a printer / support contract that more appropriate to the volume of stuff being printed. Our current colour photocopier is stuggling somewhat under a workload it was never designed for, but a new device should be able to handle our current print volume easily.Originally Posted by Cools
dhicks (18th June 2009)
It's an interesting question but I think you'd be better off looking at whether it would be smarter to look at this as a slightly different opportunity.
The sort of document you're likely to get out of a copier is going to be thin, slightly scrappy and as a result highly likely to be treated in the same way that worksheets are invariably handled... ie: one use, chuck..
If you're going to get the kids to even stand a remote chance of respecting the materials you're going to need a pretty sturdy cover and back to protect it from being shoved in and out of bags, battered with PE kit and lord knows what else.
Why not consider something that will print, collate and staple but go a stage further and work out the cost, implications of purchasing the necessary binding equipment that will provide the sort of finished product that might get used.
I'll wager if you were to look at this as an opportunity for students and/or staff to earn a little extra part time cash during the holidays and term time you might find you could setup a little shop. Add to that, you could cast around to other schools and see if there's a market for the same materials with a modest profit margin.
Just a thought but I think there's a false economy potential here if you just consider the printed/stapled product on the same level and quality as a text book.
Can I swap some of your teachers who plan things sufficiently in advance to be able to create textbooks with some of ours?
With online learning / device per pupil / VLEs increasing in both popularity and use, I wonder if you're coming at this from the wrong angle. Instead of working out cheaper ways to print and bind textbooks, why not look at ways to digitise them? Take the new AQA Science course, for example - that comes with a "textbook on CD" application, ActiveBook or something like that.
Copyright issues will of course dictate/limit/prevent how this happens, but that's a separate topic.
Doing away with textbooks one day? - ICT - TES Connect
The point made there was that printed text is easier for children to read, more convieniant than current computer technology. Yes, in some vaugly distant future I'm sure we will all have Minority Report-style interfaces built in to our eyeballs, but that's still a little way away. Print-on-demand textbooks seems to me like a reasonable bridge between the old-fashioned, fixed-size printed book and the bright, shiny future of all-pervasive, hands-free computer interfaces.
Proper interactive content is based on open standards for integration with a VLE or similar system and is designed around sound educational prinicples, i.e. it uses interactivity and multimedia to enhance learning, not just because it impresses teachers/management/parents or momentarily distracts pupils from bisbehaving. Too much "interactive" content is still re-purposed print material shoe-horned into a web browser or some dodgy propriatory "player" system with some animations and quizzes added.Take the new AQA Science course, for example - that comes with a "textbook on CD" application, ActiveBook or something like that.
But it's a serious consideration. The photocopier sales people seemed surpised that no, really, we weren't simply going to scan and make multiple copies of our exisiting textbooks. Content either has a nice, clear, understandable set of useage rights with it or we don't use it.Copyright issues will of course dictate/limit/prevent how this happens, but that's a separate topic.
It's a shame that they bought it, partly for the on-screen content, but didn't speak to me about it until it was a done deal. I've told the HoD that, had she bought this through the correct channels, I would have refused it (it also needs flash and java installing on the server, and is a huge resources drain) but she simply said not getting it "wasn't an option".
To be honest, I think (in general) children are much happier to read stuff on screen than Oldies like us are :-)
Me either - early 30s for me, so not really old by anyone's measure except the students of course!
I still reckon that comfort with on-screen reading is fairly common among children, but less so among adults (there will of course be exceptions in both camps), presumably due to relative exposure; 'kids today' do spend much more time staring at screens than I did at their age, and certainly a lot more than older teachers would have done when teenaged.
Maybe I'm just old but anything over X amount of text and it's printed off to read properly.. Screen reading is just not the same.
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