Over the past two years, I have found th…

Over the past two years, I have found the real importance of having digital textbooks accessible to students. Last year I worked as the one and only instructional resource teacher in a small, k-12 school (~75 students). Approximately half of the students in the school had various learning challenges. Whether it be specific learning disorders, Autism, ADHD, etc. Introducing digital textbooks to students became a great tool, as they gained a lot of independence with the ability to have a textbook read to them. I was able to provide many students with their textbooks in alternate format, allowing them to complete courses without the need of assistance if they couldn’t read the text. I have students in my class this year that cannot read, and providing them with a digital textbook lets them work as other students do when they are to read something in their textbook. While their confidence may be shaken because they know they cannot read like others, the digital textbook gives them independence so their confidence in their work improves. Some digital textbooks also allow students to further explore certain concepts, or allows students to try activities themselves. I find these texts to be essential in my everyday teaching.