Schools shift from textbooks to tablets

Mar 06, 2013 by Philip Elliott

(AP)—Schools no longer have to wait for textbook companies to print new editions to get the latest events. In some cases, it's as simple as a teacher hitting "refresh."

Welcome to the new digital bookcase, where traditional ink-and-paper textbooks have given way to or similar handheld tablets. Publishers can update students' books almost instantly.

Schools are eyeing the devices as a way to sustain students' interest and keep per-pupil costs down.

In coming years, more of these programs may be the norm. Council Speaker Christine Quinn has suggested replacing textbooks with tablets, and Los Angeles also is starting the shift. Even smaller schools are looking to move to or give them to students as a reward.

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1 / 5 (1) Mar 06, 2013
Here, let me fix that teaser for ya: Schools no longer have to wait for textbook companies to print new editions to get the latest APPROVED TRUTH. In some cases, it's as simple as a teacher hitting "refresh."

Read Jonathan Zittrain on the death of the generative web in The Future of the Internet - And How to Stop It.

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