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Hardware Thread, How many schools have printers that can print textbooks? in Technical; Originally Posted by contink Children have lower attention spans, are easier to distract and the style of writing needs to ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by contink View Post
    Children have lower attention spans, are easier to distract and the style of writing needs to reflect that.
    That's true of writing in general, though, regardless of whether it is on screen, on sheet paper, in a book or sky-written.

    I also think that with some children, book = old and dull, computer = cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    That's true of writing in general, though, regardless of whether it is on screen, on sheet paper, in a book or sky-written.
    Oh how very true

    I also think that with some children, book = old and dull, computer = cool.
    True also but computer displays are an active energy outward to eyes approach whereas books rely on reflected, lower energy, light.

    I can't remember the ins and outs but I suspect there are physiological reasons why it's harder to focus on a screen for longer periods of time in the same way you can with a book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    I also think that with some children, book = old and dull, computer = cool.
    This is the bit that worries me about IT in school in general - lots of money seems to get spent on equipment and resources with more thought put in to immediate impact rather than sound educational theory. Modern children aren't stupid, they are very experienced at viewing and interacting with multimedia, they will quickly spot if something is basically the same old content with animations and a quizz tacked on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    This is the bit that worries me about IT in school in general - lots of money seems to get spent on equipment and resources with more thought put in to immediate impact rather than sound educational theory. Modern children aren't stupid, they are very experienced at viewing and interacting with multimedia, they will quickly spot if something is basically the same old content with animations and a quizz tacked on.

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    Or things that are disgustinly designed.... yes it's no coincident i'm looking at you blackboard or those flash based things for stuff that doesn't need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    This is the bit that worries me about IT in school in general - lots of money seems to get spent on equipment and resources with more thought put in to immediate impact rather than sound educational theory.
    Definitely. Lots of Big Ideas out there for IT-based activities and promoting their increased use (especially if you have been BSFed), seemingly without anyone stopping to see if they're actually any good, or if they're better than the old-fashioned method. Sometimes IT can improve a lesson, or open up doors which text-book learning can't, but sometimes there's nothing wrong with a paper-based lesson, if that is the best way to teach whatever topic that is (hence why most Primary kids still learn times tables by chanting them).

    This is where I seriously disagree with Ofsted's theory that every lesson should include some ICT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    Is there a market for text books sold as PDFs and designed to be printed on site?
    So, as a very rough estimate, maybe half of secondary schools in the UK have a large printer capable of booklet printing? So that's a market size of maybe 2,500 - 5,000 schools? Hmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhicks View Post
    So, as a very rough estimate, maybe half of secondary schools in the UK have a large printer capable of booklet printing?
    No - half of the schools whose techs vote in polls on edugeek have such printers, that isn't the same thing at all. Your statement is like saying that 2% of the UK support the BNP (or whatever their election results were).
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones View Post
    No - half of the schools whose techs vote in polls on edugeek have such printers
    Well yes, of course, you would want to do some proper research before you decided what the market size was, but I figured you have to start somewhere. If I have some time I'll try and see how many people make resources for on-site printing, I'm just interested in seeing if anyone out there actually makes a living out of that kind of thing.

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