Ask almost any teacher and they’ll tell you that introducing creative curriculum in the classroom is the key to driving engagement among their students. Still, you’re also bound to get a very broad and diverse range of answers regarding how to go about introducing that creativity. Is it through the use of new teaching methods, new technologies, new lesson plans, or something else? The truth lies somewhere in the middle, of course, but it’s important to allow for some focus on integrating new technologies as time moves forward. One interesting aspect of this discussion is the increasing presence of e-books and e-reader devices in our society. While they’re certainly nontraditional, introducing these devices into your classroom may be an incredibly beneficial move for both you and your students. Take a look at a few of the ways that e-books and e-readers can help better your instruction:

Eco-friendly

It’s an obvious benefit, but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t an important one. Introducing electronic books and e-readers into your classroom can greatly cut down on the amount of harmful waste that your instruction generates. You’ll be able to reduce or even entirely eliminate the need for purchasing textbooks that sometimes may not be used enough to warrant their price before they become obsolete. You’ll also be able to share PDF documents with your students in place of many handouts or activity sheets, which will reduce stationery and toner expenses for you and your entire school.

Keeping up

As Seen Magazine points out, we’re at a point in time where the state of education, both public and private, is increasingly in flux. New trends in instruction are being introduced every day in different ways across the country. While not all of them will prove fruitful, one of the biggest detriments to any school’s collective level of classroom engagement is when they have to play catch-up to become current again. While the initial cost of implementing e-readers is not negligible, the amount of time and money you may have to spend to get up to pace after the fact could be a far greater expense.

Catering to individual learning styles

An often overlooked benefit of using e-readers and e-books in the classroom is the way in which these resources allow teachers to appeal to multiple learning styles. While distributing the same print book to every student imposes one method of learning to all of them, e-readers customize the experience. According to the International Reading Association, these devices allow students to adjust font size, passage orientation and other formatting settings to best meet individual needs. Many devices will even enable students to use a speech-to-text feature which is perfect for practicing fluency and learning new vocabulary words and pronunciation. Additionally, most of the new technologies have very intuitive user interfaces, making the learning curve for students exploring their features to be very comfortable.