The Future of Textbooks in a Digitized World (via Law, Technology & Arts Blog)

As usual, good reading. All I can add is that too many education initiatives are driven by the wrong motives or fuel. Rather than supporting creative teachers using sound pedagogy and proven behaviors, executives dictate ‘initiatives’ as reform or curriculum upgrading when all it really is is a product being or ‘system’ being sold. So many new systems are wolves in she eps clothing. I’ve seen too many software packages that require hardware and system upgrades that are no better than cardboard flashcards! People long removed from the classroom reality buy products like textbooks without asking the deeper questions or assessing needs. Etextbooks carry a whole set of new issues many educators AND administrators have not considered.
I am in favor of etextbooks that change frequently and/ or act only as reference and not daily reading. Save a few trees why not.

The Future of Textbooks in a Digitized World James Proctor In January 2011, California start-up company Kno, Inc. announced upcoming beta testing of single and two-screen e-book readers specifically designed for use with electronic textbooks. The devices, consisting of 14-inch screens, replicate the size and appearance of a standard hard-copy textbook and allow users to apply "traditional" study techniques such as highlighting and margin notes. Kno intends to commence selling both products … Read More

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