Download Everything And Read. D.E.A.R. Yes, you’ve read it right. I thought that if there’s a Drop Everything And Read (D.E.A.R.) method, perhaps it’s also valid to have another version of this concept in this age of technology – Download Everything And Read. Instead of dropping dead-tree books for children to read, the same thing can possibly be done by having students download on the Internet what they want to read for themselves. Of course, they should be downloading any learning resource only through legal means and that the content is appropriate. Teachers can also pre-download all possible learning resources to make sure that everything is appropriate for the students. Students would no longer have to download things simultaneously, thus, saving the bandwidth connection in the process.
So what’s my rationale for such an idea? The assumption here is that the students in a computer lab or classroom are set up in a 1:1 student to computer ratio. The advantage here is that all students can read the same ebook (or any learning resource) because it would be easier to reproduce copies especially for educational purposes. All freely accessible learning resources can be accessed and read by all students. No need for additional spending because what you need are just Internet-connected computers, viewers for the learning resource while being forms of storage as well. DEAR can also mean Download Ebooks And Read. Isn’t this cool? This can possibly motivate students to read more books because they can have as many as they want anytime, anywhere – all stored in a laptop or even a tablet!
I just wonder if there’s an institution or teacher that has already tried doing this technology-inclined DEAR method for students. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts about this! 🙂