As a teacher, I know digital textbooks are the future. We use two of them in my school this year and–I admit–there are tremendous problems with students and parents accessing/using/accepting the books. This includes the online version of my technology class lessons. It’s been quite a year.
But, in the fullness of time, they will be the standard:
- They’re cheaper, which provides equity to more users
- They’re accessible from anywhere
- They’re lighter–no big backpacks weighed down by too-heavy books
- Current availability. That’ll change as more schools demand them for all of the reasons above
- Current quality. Again, demand will solve that issue
There’s a good blog on the topic of digital textbooks here.
Here’s an update on California’s push to digital textbooks:
Turning the Digital Page
California pushes for transition from paper to digital texts.
“Schwarzenegger Terminates Textbooks,” shouted one newspaper headline, referring to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s push for open online resources as a way to address the state’s budget crisis. (more)