E-BOOK DESIGN EVALUATION

María Daudén

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Now that new technologies are gaining importance in the field of education, teachers should take into consideration useful resources that can be found on the Internet, such as e-books. Apart from taking them from generous people that share their works, it is interesting to know how to make the most of them, as well as to have the adequate knowledge to be able to create and design new ones.

In this presentation I will talk about several e-books, presenting their characteristics, both positive and negative. Considering all this, we will be able to find out how to create a great e-book, attracting and full of meaning.


E-book number 1: "Tiny hearts"

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  • LIKES:

- It has a Creative Commons licence indicated on the first page. This is interesting because it is very useful to know where this person found all the information and media:

Attribution-NonCommercial CC BY-NC This license lets others remix, tweak, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be noncommercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

- It is clearly structured, with a coherent index and a syllabus.

- It consists of a course that contains three lessons to improve the English level through role-plays with animated toys.

- The different screens include audio recordings which can be clearly seen.

- It is very appealing because it is full of images, colors and clear letters. This is essential if it is an e-book presented to children, thus doing the activities with more motivation and enthusiasm.

  • DISLIKES:

- Not much detailed information

- Difficult to understand the point of every lesson. The activities´ directions are not very extense.

E-book number 2: "Fractions"

  • LIKES

- Creative Commons licence:

- Clearly structured content related to the topic: fractions. Index included.

- Lots of pictures. Very visual. Great variety. They help to understand the content.

- Original and creative. Very good e-book to learn and practice mathematics.

- Nice tool to make presentations. It looks like a book.

  • DISLIKES

- Not very accessible for everyone.

E-book number 3: Fun class activities for speaking skills

  • LIKES

- Creative Commons licence clearly stated.

- Coherent content divided in chapters shown in an index.

- Very useful, especially for teachers, as they show many class activities for developing speaking skills. They show the level, the aims, the time needed, the preparation and the description of each activity.

- Great multimedia variety. Pictures where necessary. Audio recordings. Videos.

  • DISLIKES

- Too long. I would reduce it and be more concise.

- Not accessible for everybody. Small font. It needs more originality of presentation.

Conclusion

Once seen several e-books I think that it is very important to always bear on mind the public that will look at your e-book. It is essential to make it engaging and attractive, given that if it does not look appealing, most of the people will just ignore it, even though the content may be useful and interesting.

It is amazing how we can use new technologies to share tools like these and learn from others just through one click. The more we share the more we will all learn.

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