This article analyzes the role of non-standard textbook as an effective means of enhancing the educational-cognitive activity of students in the study of algebra in the 8th grade. A brief characteristic of the textbook-interlocutor of algebra for 8th grade is provided. Some fragments from it as an example are given. It is indicated that the experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the use of this textbook in the learning process. The created textbook-interlocutor is a means of ensuring not only structural, thorough, conscientious study of algebra in the 8th grade, but also a means of motivation and enhancing the educational-cognitive activity.It can be used by teachers to prepare and teach lessons; by pupils at the lessons, particularly during independent work, and by students in the study of the techniques of algebra the 8th grade, and can also be a reliable helper for parents of eighth-graders. E-book consists of a cover, navigation map, consisting of six buttons and a window to view the selected material. Structural components of the navigation buttons: «Glad to meet» – brief information about the authors, the structure of the textbook; «From authors» – a kind of introduction about the purpose of the textbook-interlocutor, the explanation of icons, symbols; «Learning together» – contains a list of lessons where the student can, when necessary, open the theoretical or practical material; «View presentations» – systematic list of all the media clips in accordance with the lessons; «Check your knowledge» – block, which consists of tasks for the current or final control of knowledge and skills of the students; «Learn more» hyperlink on the Internet sources with additional material for those who are interested in mathematics and want to know more.Convenient system of navigation and hyperlinks let easily get around the blocks and the modules of the section and choose individual learning trajectory. The textbook-interlocutor, as shown by the results of experimental studies contributes to the development of creative thinking of students, enhances the interest in the educational book, and provides the organization of independent work. The author has created similar textbooks in mathematics for the 5 – 6th grade, algebra for the 7th grade, and we are working to create similar textbook-interlocutor in algebra for the 9th grade.
Financed by the National Centre for Research and Development under grant No. SP/I/1/77065/10 by the strategic scientific research and experimental development program:
SYNAT - “Interdisciplinary System for Interactive Scientific and Scientific-Technical Information”.