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Digital Text in the Classroom

This presentation highlights critical distinctions between printed and digital text, with implications for teaching.

Key Ideas:
  • Printed text offers many advantages to educators, including the ability to provide the very same content to millions of learners. But the sameness of the format is a disadvantage for diverse learners.
  • Digital text separates the content from the display, which can then be flexible in several key ways. Visual display can be varied and other displays, such as tactile and auditory, can be offered.
  • Digital text can also be tagged, enabling structural (e.g. header, sidebar) and semantic (e.g. summary, key questions) elements to be identified and displayed in different ways.
  • Tagging also enables us to embed learning supports in content.
  1. Printed Text
  2. Digital Text
  3. Flexible Display (1)
  4. Flexible Display (2)
  5. Flexible Display (3)
  6. Flexible Display (4)
  7. Structural Tags
  8. Structural Tags / Semantic Tags
  9. Embedded Learning Supports
Example Example: Digitizing Text
Resource Resources: List of Web Addresses for Digital Text

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