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70% of teachers pay for ebooks out of their own pockets

I just came across a new study today about ebooks and ereaders in the classroom. Unlike other surveys, this one focused entirely on k-12 educators. A total of 1300 responded to the poll.

I only have the executive summary, but that alone makes for fascinating reading. 40% of teachers and 50% of librarians have bought ebooks. I was surprised to discover that of the librarians who bought ebooks, they purchased an average of 844 ebooks over the past year. And of the teachers  who bought ebooks, 70% did spend their own money. Curiously enough, teachers were more likely to buy ebooks for professional development than for the classroom.

They complete survey results are being sold for $99. I think it’s worth it.

via Dedicated Teacher

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Luqman January 14, 2011 um 11:39 am

I’ve found ebooks to be a very valuable resource. Cory Doctorow’s "For the Win" has some nice sections explaining basic economic concepts such as inflation and derivatives that I plan to use in the class room. I’ve already used a summary of the section on Inflation in a powerpoint for my students. I am pushing my colleagues to take advantage of the current Kaplan freebies; lots of good classroom and pro. dev. stuff there.

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