Education, formal and informal, is essential to our lives. In fact, we can’t avoid it. Try to go through a day and not learn anything at all. You cannot not learn something; it’s impossible. So how do we make our learning meaningful?
I ran across this visual of a learning cycle that I found helpful:
Image courtesy of: stemresources.com
Go ahead and start anywhere on this cycle. You’ll go around and around forever. I’ve found the evaluation process is the most useful aspect of any learning cycle. This is where you get to see where you came from and where you are now, then you reset your goals.
Have you found an effective learning cycle that helps keep you sharp?
Textbooks are expensive, clunky, and essential. So, what are students to do? E-Textbooks seem to be the leading solution to our never-ending textbook turmoil.
As the projected graph below implies, textbooks are beginning to slump in popularity against the cheaper and interactive alternative e-books.
Apple appears to agree with the trend. The Wall Street Journal published an article today titled “Apple Makes Push Into iPad Textbooks.” The report mentions that Apple’s iBook application will “support textbooks featuring quizzes, note-taking, study cards and other features, like the ability to interact with a diagram of an ant.”
What is your opinion of e-textbooks? Do you think they complement the learning process or distract from the purpose all together?