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).
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
Price: Digital versions of teaching resources are cheaper than their hard copy counterparts.
Buying downloadable digital resources online means: no long queues at
the shops, no inconvenient online delivery times, and no shipping costs.
You can download digital resources direct to your digital device,
immediately after purchase – particularly helpful if you need a lesson
plan in a hurry!
Choice: Purchase from a
retailer like TeachingShop.com, 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.
No bags or boxes full of workbooks will weigh you down. You can store
an entire library of educational resources on your computer.
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
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.
Unlike your hard copy teaching materials, resources in digital format
don't wear and tear over time. No need for replacements after a coffee
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.
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.
hard copy teaching resources will always have a place in the classroom,
these ten reasons show that going digital makes sense!