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Teaching our students to engage with informational text is absolutely essential if we are to get them ready for college and career. If your students are in the environment where they're required to have text books, then Course Mart is an amazing application that allows them take all the textbooks, put them into a digital copy and have them on the iPad. In Course Mart students can create an account online that then allows them to purchase and download textbooks straight to their iPad. Once a textbook is on their iPad, they can then open the textbook and actually view it inside the iPad display. Students have the ability to zoom in on individual paragraphs and also move around the page.
When they're done zooming they can hit the cancel zoom button at the top of the screen and then they can come back where they can quickly flip through pages of their textbook. In addition to flipping through the pages of the textbook and just reading the information, students also have the ability to annotate the text. By clicking the small pen icon in the upper left hand corner, students can take a box, drag it out to match a certain section of text, tap on the box, and then they can choose to annotate that box or even highlight that entire box. If students have an active subscription, they can also choose to add notes by clicking the note button in the upper right hand corner. If students have added notes to various sections of the text, they can also choose to bring up the table of contents and take a look at their notes.
Here, the student can see any notes as well as the chapter and page placement of that particular note. This is great strategy for students as they're moving through text. They can make notes about the important concepts, and then quickly reference those important concepts when they're writing a paper. For students that have a hard time reading online, they have a built in ruler that students can pull up. The ruler allows them to move down on the page to keep themselves on track as they're reading through their text. And to make page searches faster, students can also bring up the Pages section, where they can quickly scroll through all the pages inside this textbook. By tapping a page, they'll automatically jump to that section inside the textbook.
Once a student has purchased a textbook, they also have the ability to download all or part of that textbook for offline viewing. This way, if students have internet access at school, but not at home, from school they can actually download the entire textbook, take it home with them, and still use it. The other major benefit to students is that digital textbooks are a lot less expensive then their hardback counterparts.
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