Incorporating Interactivity in Textbooks

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Author: Dorcas Debrah

Can you remember the first textbook that gave you a solid grip of the concepts, topics and lessons you studied? Such textbooks boost your knowledge base and help you excel in school with great panache.

According to Cunningsworth (1995, p. 7), a textbook is an effective resource for self-directed learning and self-study. A textbook should inform, educate and intellectually develop the learner for life. They are undoubtedly the most widely used teaching materials in schools. It is therefore critical that textbooks include the important elements that suit learners’ needs, cultural background and level of linguistic proficiency.

Accordingly, “Putting learners first”, is our core objective and this underpins everything we do. We embody this objective by driving our efforts towards making a significant difference in education, specifically in developing and promoting more diverse, interactive and quality textbooks, representative of the current curriculum, making it possible for self-study.

Kwadwoan textbooks ensure full coverage of the new curriculum and indubitably helps learners ‘get to grips’ with the concepts and topics. Our textbooks are not only developed from the constituents of the content of the curriculum but also on the expected outcomes for learners at the end of each sub-strand. These outcomes are realised through the various features provided in the textbooks.

With the proliferation of textbooks on the market, Kwadwoan uses the interactive learning approach by introducing unique features that singles out our textbooks from the many.

Common Interactive Features in Kwadwoan Books

Task/ Let’s do this These are practical activities designed to deepen your understanding of each topic. These are mostly undertaken in groups.

Concept check These are short essay questions to examine the knowledge you have acquired and to help retain them.

Get messy As its name implies, here, learners engage in independent hands-on activities, which are fun and demonstrate key principles of topics.

Did you know? These are questions posed with the view of informing you about some of the amazing things in the world you may have never thought of. Some will definitely blow your mind as you add to your worldview!

Let’s discuss/Let’s explore This activity gives room for you to share your personal experiences and knowledge with your mates while building your confidence to communicate effectively.

Life application This section in our science books highlights the life applications of specific concepts learned in class.

QR codes These are coded links to videos that explain topics and give you real life scenarios of what is studied.

Talk about it this feature enables learners work in teams to produce a desired goal

Role play Role play provides an opportunity for learners to dramatise concepts learned.

Think-pair-share This feature enables learners build confidence by explaining concepts and its application to their peers.

Stretch The stretch feature poses quick challenging questions on the various topics.

Let’s research/Project This feature establishes learners’ confidence on topics learned through research and presentations.

Study tip These are key points that appear in text boxes necessary for learners to keep in mind while studying.

Word store Important terms defined for better understanding.

Summary Summary of all the useful key points and concepts from the lessons.

Progress check These are sample objective and essay questions designed to help prepare learners for examinations.