Magazine article Technology & Learning

Report: K-12 Educators' Views on E-Books

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Report: K-12 Educators' Views on E-Books

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A new research report surveys teachers and librarians to find out how they are using e-books, personally and in the classroom, and to identify purchasing, usage, attitudes, and trends. The survey, conducted by educational consulting firm Egremont Associates, shows that school librarians are leading the way in bringing e-books into our nation's schools, in large part because they have funding available to support their e-book purchases. Here are some of the differences between teachers and librarians in their responses to our survey:

More than 92% of librarians say that at least some of their e-book purchases are funded by their school. Only 30% of teachers say the same thing.

46% of teachers reported never having either bought e-books or obtained them free. Only 29% of librarians report no e-book acquisitions at all.

e-book-buying librarians have bought an average of 17.9 e-books for professional development purposes in the past year, compared to teachers' average of 3.6 e-books purchased for the same reason.

Almost half of teachers (46%) report using a search engine such as Google to find eBooks. That number is only 15% for librarians, who are more likely to shop at educational e-stores or use other professional resources that are available to them.

e-book-buying librarians are somewhat less satisfied with the experience than teachers who bought them. Some 65% of librarians report being extremely or very satisfied versus 78% of teachers.

Among educators who have never bought e-books, 21% of librarians say they are extremely or very likely to do so in the next six months, while only 9% of teachers say they are extremely or very likely to. …

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