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Plenary Session III - Harnessing the Potential of ICT in Education

Leading Future Education, Digital Textbook Development in Korea
Sung-Moo Jung, Executive Director, Office of Policy and Planning, Korea Education Research and Information, Republic of Korea

Korea is an IT leader with advanced information and communication infrastructure and the highest internet penetration and utilization rates. Access to high speed Internet and computers for educational use is available in every primary and secondary school classroom in Korea. Utilizing this infrastructure, Korea has actively implemented various initiatives to promote the effective use of ICT in education at the national level. Based upon the well-established ICT infrastructure at primary and secondary schools, the Korean government has undertaken a research project on the effective ways to digitalize school textbooks used by all primary and secondary school students and to utilize the digital textbooks at pilot schools.

This presentation first explains the background of Korea's digital textbook development project and the concept of digital textbooks. Korea's digital textbooks provide the content of paper-book textbooks in digital content, and provide various reference materials, work book and learning dictionaries in an integrated way. They also include multi-media content such as video clips and animation and virtual reality content, and provide Internet search functions as well. Thus, digital textbooks make it possible to provide a more lively and learner-oriented learning environment.

In addition to these characteristics, this presentation introduces the vision, mid- and long-term implementation plans of the digital textbook development project. Then, it examines various teaching-learning functions and main content of digital textbooks. It also presents what educational achievement the Korean government expects from this endeavor of digital textbook development. Lastly, this presentation presents possible problems in commercializing digital textbooks and the ways to solve them.

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