‘As classrooms go digital, textbooks are history’

image “At Empire High School in Vail, Ariz., students use computers provided by the school to get their lessons, do their homework and hear podcasts of their teachers’ science lectures,” says Tamar Lewis’s story in the New York Times.

But guess what they’re not using, or at least not as often? Traditional textbooks.

The Democratic Leadership Council’s problematic Kindle proposal talks about electronic textbooks, but there’s a little problem. More and more educators and students are put off by the very term “textbook.” What’s more, many would prefer to decouple education from reliance on specific companies and specific products.

1 Comment on ‘As classrooms go digital, textbooks are history’

  1. What’s more, many would prefer to decouple education from reliance on specific companies and specific products.

    Very smart. Keeping the system as open and generic as possible guarantees competition, and keeps prices down.

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