Get the administrative green light. Does the administrative leadership in your district or school understand the positive impact virtual textbooks can have on learning?
Identify an on-site advocate and expert. You need a teacher, librarian, or other nonadministrative staff member at each school to keep classroom teachers focused and to train and support them in e-textbook integration.
Build a technical-support team. Teachers need classroom hardware and software support so they can focus primarily on creating and teaching academic content, rather than troubleshooting technical problems.
Showcase the results of using e-textbooks. Teachers need to see how digital books can help improve instruction at a faster rate than traditional texts.
Share ideas an d lessons learned. Are other schools or districts using virtual textbooks? What have they learned?
Solicit feedback from district curriculum experts. They can look beyond the bells and whistles and measure the usefulness of the e-textbooks’ interactive features.
A version of this article appeared in the June 09, 2008 edition of Digital Directions as TIPS