Moving forward with e-Books

DIGITALISATION of textbooks is the way to go as there exists an entirely new group of learners called digital natives, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk P Kamalanathan.

Speaking at the launch of Penerbitan Pelangi Sdn Bhd’s interactive eBooks in Putrajaya on Monday, he said ICT-savvy students are comfortable with using electronic gadgets, and this forms a critical part of almost everything they do, including learning.

“Realising this, many advanced countries are incorporating ICT usage into their national curriculum, and one of the main strategies is the digitalisation of textbooks,” he said, adding that the seventh thrust of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 itself outlines the incorporation of ICT to increase the quality of the education system.

“In line with the goals of exploring the switch from printed textbooks to digital textbooks as the medium of teaching and learning in Malaysia, the ministry has drafted a plan to transform textbooks over three waves from 2013 to 2025,” he said.

Adding that the first digital textbook was launched by the ministry in 2014, Kamalanathan said the new eBooks will have interactive features such as attention-grabbing audio, video and animation.

“Instiling an interest in science in schoolchildren will create world-class intellectuals that can think critically and creatively, and use higher-order thinking skills.”

Penerbitan Pelangi managing director Datuk Sum Kown Cheek said the Pelangi Interactive e-Books are the first digitally interactive series of reference books that is based on the national curriculum. Currently, the interactive reference eBooks are for Biology and Physics. — By REBECCA RAJAENDRAM

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