The first test of the electronic textbook Plastic Logic in Zelenograd

50% of respondents believe — "It’s time to replace paper books» summarized the results of testing of a new electronic textbook company Plastic Logic, a key element of which — a plastic screen — will be produced at the new plant of Zelenograd. Testing was organized by the portal in the fair of science and technology, and innovative ideas and projects of youth "Rhythm of Zelenograd 2011", which took place in October 2011. About 300 visitors to the fair the first of Zelenograd could pick up and "drive" real "tablet» Plastic Logic 100 with loaded text books for the 6-7th grade, and a 70 people — schoolchildren, students and adult visitors — completed a questionnaire about their respect to electronic textbooks.

On the main question of the questionnaire — "Do I need to replace paper with electronic textbooks?" — 50% of respondents answered "Yes, the time has come", 33% chose the answer "Yes, but only in high school," the remaining 17% believe that e-books until ready to replace paper.


These responses were as interesting in different age groups of respondents, among whom there were 35 school children (8-18 years), 19 young people and students (19-26 years) and 16 adults (30 years and older). It turned out that the students and the students with the same enthusiasm for the alluring prospects of technological progress, but the adults spoke more cautiously — half of them would have preferred to begin introducing electronics in student backpacks gradually. "E-books easy to read outside the home, but the paper gives more impressions from reading: Flipped, observing the printed illustrations" — that is the opinion of one of the respondents. 25% of adults do not to replace textbooks on computer (compared to 11-14% failure rate among young people). Thus any failure was not argued for fear of breaking or losing, "reader."


Answers to the question "What is most important for you in an electronic textbook?" Built a rating of the most important characteristics for its future customers:


At the same school was a favorite of little weight "tablet", the students found mainly its reliability and the "indestructibility", and adults chose the right one and the other. All groups agreed that the key characteristic is also the harmlessness of the electronic textbook for vision. In addition to the features listed in the questionnaire respondents suggested a few more significant: the operation with full use of mechanisms to protect information, the amount of memory and price.

Asked to estimate the weight of paper textbooks that today’s children are in school every day, also interviewed gave different "readings". The most severe was a portfolio of the students of the middle classes, and the second on the severity of it is for adults — parents of school children. But the students’ memories of school life the easiest.


One of the main concerns of pupils and parents are familiar with the reader, was that the battery running at the wrong time. The battery life is considered a key factor in 29% of the respondents. Although the device is based on the "electronic ink" consumes very little energy, and the manufacturer claims that the average battery last for about a week, but a quick way to "put" the battery is still there — enough to actively use the drawing function. Many parents and teachers believe that students will forget to charge the reader. To increase battery life even offered to install the device in a "solar or any other alternative sources of supply."

Another frequently mentioned in the questionnaires and the apparent lack — inconspicuous, "gray" color on the screen. The absence of color is particularly worried parents of primary school students. However, in the middle grades, some textbooks "incarcerated" under the color image. Particularly affected tutorial on design, in which, for example, in the discussion of "warm" and "cold" colors of gray images.

The negative impact on vision — another concern of adults and children. 60% of respondents consider harmless to the view, the most important in choosing a reader. Although the "electronic paper" is considered safe for the view, but the view of the hazard of any electronic device with a screen very stereotypical. On the potential risk of the reader in an interview with "Izvestiya" experts have spoken institute of hygiene and the health of children and adolescents RAMS (NIIGOZ) — in their opinion, to six months to develop the requirements for the examination, and then conduct a full-scale study that will determine the optimum size of the font, the contrast of the display and the time stifling, with reader. However, the organizer of the experiment, the Federal Institute for the Development of Education (FIRO), explained that such studies do not provide the terms of reference of the federal project, the special regulations for the testing of such readers as long as there is no simple and formal rules SanPin on them are met.


Test participants, in addition to filling out questionnaires, could put a "plus" or a reader, or a portfolio with a textbook. By the end of the day the whole side was filled with reader ins

Forget the reader at home or break, losing once all the textbooks — is also among the top concerns of potential users of Plastic Logic 100. "Children are not careful with appliances — fast break or start problems with programs" — wrote adults. In addition, it is not clear who will pay for the textbook in its loss or damage. This question is important for 21% of the respondents. Remembered and the high cost of the device, and the threat of theft. Some parents are offered an option to compulsory insurance of electronic textbooks. The "indestructibility" device was important for 59% of the respondents. It is noteworthy that, like adults, primarily afraid of failures mladsheklassnikov devices (including those due to viruses or "closing the screen," they wrote in the questionnaire), and for high school students to break the danger or break "reader" is directly related to the that "will have to pay a lot of money" — however, they are primarily afraid of the unreliability of the device ("zaglyuchit at the wrong time"). Not without a pair of dark thoughts of adults: "Man Unlearning think and reproduces the information" and "This is another form of human dependence on technology."

Of the unrealized potential of the electronic textbook Zelenograd most frequently mentioned the internet connection (according to representatives of RUSNANO, this feature has been removed in accordance with the terms of reference), and work with audio (listen to texts or listening to the lessons of foreign languages, for example) and with videos (clips on stories, with experiments in physics and chemistry, and others — one of mladsheklassnikov even wished "cartoons, movies, etc."). Many would like to see the device in addition to the textbooks could download additional books, dictionaries, etc. I propose to add the ability to integrate with the school computer network — this will solve the problem of filtering downloadable content. Many have written about the need to extend the functionality of reader, adding interactivity. This will be
used as an electronic textbook workbook, use it in training programs, or at least arrange with the help of testing. High school students have paid the most attention to the poor performance of Plastic Logic 100 ("slow"). Students have listed a number of functional disadvantages: you can not open just two textbook or two pages on the screen, it is inconvenient to create notes (need a stylus). One of the respondents predicted a coming great job of converting paper into electronic books.


Early in the second quarter of the school year, Plastic Logic 100, the prototype of the future serial products, began testing in schools in five regions of Russia — 2500 pupils of 6-7 classes before the end of 2012 instead of traditional textbooks will use e-readers, according to "Izvestia". In the number of experimental schools also planned to include some of Zelenograd, however, this has not happened. In the District Board of Education told that the list of five schools to participate in this experiment has been sent to the prefecture, but that was it.

Source:, 14.11.2011

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