From eSchool News:

In a move that could be considered encouraging for advocates of digital learning, leaders from the Education Department (ED), the Federal Communications Commission(FCC), and the textbook and broadband industry met March 29 on Capitol Hill to discuss how companies can better serve schools and districts with digital textbooks.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the meeting was a follow-up to a challenge issued by the two agencies last month to state and industry leaders to drive national adoption of digital textbooks in the next five years. (See “Feds’ challenge to schools: Embrace digital textbooks.”)

“That’s why we called this meeting, to bring together different parts of the digital text ecosystem and get some work done,” said Genachowski.

The different parts of the “ecosystem” included some of digital learning’s biggest players, such as Discovery Education and AT&T.

James Coulter, co-chair of the Leading Education by Advancing Digital (LEAD) Commission and co-founder of TPG Capital, presented a report on what it means to be “digital” in the U.S. today, as well as some of the major challenges facing widespread adoption of digital textbooks.

Thanks to Michael von Glahn for the link.


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