Several days ago I submitted a proposal for an EduBloggerCon unconference session asking how social media and social networking might help to define digital (next) textbooks. To help seed this conversation I asked folks, via Twitter, from the train on Friday, to share some defining characteristics of old paper printed textbooks. As the responses flew in, I combined and edited them into more positive descriptions such as standards aligned, focused, unbiased, durable, etc.
Next I created a Google Form survey that asked unconference participants to read a characterization statements about old textbooks and write in comparative characterizations of next textbooks. For instance, if Old textbooks are NARROWLY FOCUSED then Next textbooks are…
This morning I culled through the responses, mixing, matching, and editing them together into a defining set of comparisons. Admittedly, this listing reflects my own biased sense of where textbooks are going.
|Old Textbooks||Next Textbooks|
|•||Old textbooks are STANDARDS-ALIGNED.||Next textbooks will be synaptically aligned to the learning needs and experiences of their users.|
|•||Old textbooks are CENTRALLY-AUTHORITATIVE.||Next textbooks will establish authority as part of the learning practice.|
|•||Old textbooks are SAFE & COMFORTING.||Next textbooks will demand and provoke new learning (and teaching) through surprise.|
|•||Old texbooks are STABLE.||Next textbooks will be fluid, dynamic and ever adapting to learning experiences and shifts in the world, about which we are learning.|
|•||Old textbooks are ERRORLESS (error ignorning).||Next textbooks will admit errors and will socially self-correct.|
|•||Old textbooks are NARROWLY FOCUSED.||Next textbooks will be broadly focused through logical and interdisciplinary connections and by adapting to the behaviors of their users.|
|•||Old textbooks are UNBIASED (self-proclaimed).||Next textbooks will admit their multi-bias, and will invite and share reader interpretation.|
|•||Old textbooks are PERSONAL/ASOCIAL.||Next textbooks will invite and facilitate conversation and, in appropriate ways, adapt and grow through the conversational behaviors of their users.|
|•||Old textbooks are MANUFACTURED.||Next textbooks will be co-created, cultivated, and grown by learners and master-learners.|
|•||Old textbooks are DURABLE BY THEIR RESISTANCE TO CHANGE.||Next textbooks are durable by their adapting flexibility.|
|•||Old textbooks are HEAVY.||Next textbooks will weightlessly make themselves available to any learner, anywhere, anytime.|
|•||Old textbooks are VISIBLE.||Next textbooks will glow, grow, and flow, seamlessly reflecting the world through the eyes of a learning community.|