We are validating the economic and educational potential of the "Technology Enhanced Textbook" (TET) - we are doing this on
the basis of the following working hypothesis: the active construction of knowledge can be better supported by
technologically advanced textbooks than by an analog textbook. In particular, the technological potential of current mobile
devices including integrated sensors and interfaces for data acquisition, and communication opportunities via internet can
indicate how active knowledge construction might be encouraged and supported when one is examining the environment. The
possibility of using Interactive Screen Experiments (ISE) and Interactive Screen Laboratories (ISL) offers an additional
opportunity to experience scientific phenomena.
After initial validation talks in the prospective areas of TET's application, namely schools and colleges, three didactic functions emerged where TET could support students and teachers.
These include the textbook as:
- a portfolio where students and teachers can gather material and such externalize their knowledge
- an experiment kit that enables users to actually experience theoretically acquired knowledge
- an interface for communication and exchange.
Fig.: The Technology Enhanced Textbook (TET)
Based on the technological potential of modern mobile devices, we describe respective features and their importance for
constructivist learning environments. The strengths of the features are highlighted by applying them in specific learning
scenarios. At the interface of physical and virtual experience, learners construct their personal knowledge, become authors
and creators of their own personalized textbook and use the wide variety of available online modules, materials and information.
Fig.: Didactic functions of TET
You can find further information on the didactical background of the "Technology Enhanced Textbook" in the article
titled: "Lehrbuch der Zukunft - Mediendidaktische Aspekte im Validierungsprojekt Technology Enhanced Textbook." published
by our Open Access Journal "phydid".
Slides corresponding to the article: Münster, 22.3.2011
Technology Enhanced Textbook (TET)