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Reader or paper textbook? Schools made a choice of

It was worth representing RUSNANO a trial court of the public and the top officials of the country the version of the electronic textbook as in Russian education the next reform began to be about to happen.

to Replace all paper literature with one electronic device - an ultimate goal for which performance experiment, was made the proceeding year. What from this turned out and whether there is a place to readers in student`s portfolios?

Meant well …

the Idea of all experiment was simple

, and the purposes - the most good. It was supposed that electronic devices will facilitate life:

a) to school students, in the form of the become empty satchel;

b) to parents, in the form of not the become empty purse;

c) to directors, in the form of instantly renewed library stock.

In addition teachers also had to tell “thanks!“: it is less than different books - less probability that the pupil will forget this or that textbook again. For the sake of it teachers were ready to learn to use readers not worse than the wards.

What was made?

here with such intentions and expectations experiment began

I at 38 schools of Russia among pupils of 6 - 7 classes at once. Absolutely free of charge at schools readers of several companies were distributed, most of all there was Plastic Logic 100 devices (so-called “Chubais`s tablets“), PocketBook Pro 912 and Ectaco JetBook Color. In them electronic versions of all necessary textbooks were downloaded, and school students and teachers were given maintenance instructions. The rest - business of time.

What results?

there Passed year, and time to sum up the results came. The novelty was to the taste to pupils: to carry not hard, and the unusual format of books even increased interest in separate objects (for example, literature). The teacher also in general was approved by readers, with only that remark that at breakage it was not always possible to make fast replacement. The matter is that not all electronic devices passed test by school. For example, books from Plastic Logic failed in 7,83% of cases. For comparison readers from PocketBook broke in only 0,26% - they became leaders in survivability. Probably, elements helped with the case or the fact that it is the only reader in experiment made in large quantities - as it is known metal, at mass production the percent of marriage is much lower.

Unfortunately, not to all schools reserve “eReaders“ were provided. For the rest readers were recognized by quite good alternative to habitual textbooks. Special E - Ink screens are developed for comfortable reading. In them there is no internal illumination and an eye do not get tired how it happens at chteniis laptops or computers. And to parents benefit: it is not necessary to spend money for books every year.

the Epilogue

Experiment came to the end with

, its results are not so bad, but some questions “hanged in air“. With mass introduction of readers in the Russian schools it was decided to wait a little, and Plastic Logic refused an invention to let out RUSNANO at all.

But in news we read: “As found out “Moskovsky Komsomolets“, in capital Department of Education the competition announced by the government of Moscow in which the largest IT - the companies and firms which are engaged in preparation and the edition of multimedia educational grants presented the versions of “electronic textbooks“ successfully came to the end. The best of them will become the standard of training of a new format“ (a source - the website of Ekho Moskvy radio station, 24. 10. 12).

We will look what results will be brought by further introduction of digital technologies at schools.