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Why Teachers are Switching to Digital Teaching Resources

As more teachers get involved in the digital movement in education, they search for quality digital teaching resources that engage students, meet curriculum standards and enhance the overall classroom experience. The switch from hard copy to digital is motivated by many reasons ranging from price savings and instant access, to portability and greater product choice.

Digital teaching resources include eBooks, audiobooks, and software that are downloaded online, and used in the classroom.

eBook resources are digital versions of existing hardcopy teaching materials, and are used by teachers to:

  • Plan and deliver lessons, and homework (e.g. printable worksheets, interactive software, study guides, test prep guides);
  • Manage the classroom (e.g. teacher aides);
  • Deliver student assessments (e.g. quizzes); and
  • Develop teaching skills (e.g. professional development guides).

There are also enhanced educational eBooks that have multimedia built into them. Although enhanced eBooks can increase student engagement, a recent study by the Cooney Center found that "basic" eBooks (eBook versions of existing hardcopy books) improved literacy in children more than enhanced eBooks, which tended to distract students from the story itself. While enhanced eBooks may take time to integrate correctly into your classroom, there are plenty of good reasons for adding basic digital materials to your resource collection.

Ten reasons why teachers choose digital teaching resources

  1. Price: Digital versions of teaching resources are cheaper than their hard copy counterparts.
  2. Convenience: Buying downloadable digital resources online means: no long queues at the shops, no inconvenient online delivery times, and no shipping costs.
  3. Immediate access: You can download digital resources direct to your digital device, immediately after purchase – particularly helpful if you need a lesson plan in a hurry!
  4. Choice: Purchase from a retailer like, and choose from a huge range of teaching materials, by a wide variety of educational publishers. With thousands of resources available at the click of a button, you can usually access more products from an online, digital education retailer than your local teacher store. You can even purchase lesson plans on a specific topic (called ePages), at a very low price.
  5. Hassle free: No bags or boxes full of workbooks will weigh you down. You can store an entire library of educational resources on your computer.
  6. Quality: Purchase digital versions of teaching resources from publishers that you are already familiar with, and be guaranteed the same quality of materials. The main difference is the cost saving, and convenience of having these resources in a downloadable format. Many educational eBooks even allow you to copy and paste text, and extract images, so that you can adjust lessons or worksheets to suit the specific needs of your students.
  7. Portability: You have complete freedom to prepare for your classes on-the-go. Teaching resources can be saved to your preferred digital devices, including your PC, Mac, laptop, iPad, smartphone, eReader, or electronic whiteboard.
  8. Longevity: Unlike your hard copy teaching materials, resources in digital format don't wear and tear over time. No need for replacements after a coffee spill!
  9. Environmentally friendly: Boost your "green" footprint by projecting resources directly onto a whiteboard, or printing off only the worksheets that you need for that day.
  10. Social connectivity: Be part of a growing movement of teachers who are going digital. Connect and collaborate with other educators online, and share ideas on using digital resources in the classroom to engage young minds.

While hard copy teaching resources will always have a place in the classroomArticle Search, these ten reasons show that going digital makes sense!

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