During my five decades as an educational technologist, I can't think of a more valuable resource than EdTech Books for advancing the field of Educational Technology. If I was still teaching courses, I would definitely be using these materials to provide my students with high-quality learning resources at minimal costs. As it is, I recommend them to my former students and other Ed Tech professionals around the globe.
EdTech Books has become my go-to platform both for publishing my own academic work, and for providing high-quality, low-cost materials to my students. The platform truly is a game-changer and long overdue in our field.
The Edtech Books platform is the reason I got interested in designing OER eBooks. I was hesitant to design OER eBooks when I first started looking for platforms and found that most were not user-friendly, interactive, or visually appealing. Edtech Books allows you to create beautiful, visually appealing, interactive eBooks with ease. My undergraduate students, graduate students, and I have co-authored multiple eBooks on this site. I also love that the platform designer, Dr. Royce Kimmons, continues to expand the capabilities of the platform, so new features are being added often. I give this site my highest recommendation for OERs!!
We have sought to create a multimodal book experience with text, images, interactive links, cross-links, audio introductions, and videos introducing learning activities. This has been one of the great joys of EdTechBooks: the ways we can generate different ways for students and teachers to interact with ideas and information.
As a chapter author, I love the ability to see my chapter's number of views and downloads whenever I like, and I appreciate the ability to update my bio whenever I like as well; I can do all this without having to bother the book editor. It's an example of this platform's thoughtful design and user-friendliness.
The K-12 Educational Technology Handbook and the K-12 Blended Teaching Guide have been indispensable in my instructional technology courses. Each semester, my students thank me for these high quality resources that they don't have to pay for.
I really appreciate how Ed Tech Books is a great platform for creating open access textbooks for my students. It is easy to edit and manage and easy to share with my students. As a bonus, I'm finding chapters written by others that I can use as course readings - which helps me curate high quality content without it costing my students a lot of money. I also really like that my students can easily download the content to read it on any device and at any time they wish. It doesn't require them to be on the internet. It also has integration with Hypothes.is which allows my students to leave comments and ask questions while they read the course materials.