NY school all-in on trend of all-digital textbooks

Dec 23, 2013 by Jim Fitzgerald

Around the country, schools are increasingly dumping heavy, expensive printed textbooks and putting the material online.

It can be pricey, especially for a public school district, but a Roman Catholic boys' school in the New York City suburbs has gone all-in.

Except for the books on religion, all the texts the school uses, from freshman biology to advanced computer programming, are part of a "digital bookshelf" they carry in their laptops and tablets.

Digital books can go beyond their paper counterparts. A includes newsreel footage of Woodrow Wilson. A science book shows scientific processes in motion. An English book detects a weakness in grammar and offers help.

Educators say it's an easy transition because students today are "" accustomed to learning online and on the computer.

Explore further: Privacy groups take 2nd hit on license plate data

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Schools shift from textbooks to tablets

Mar 06, 2013

(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."

Recommended for you

Privacy groups take 2nd hit on license plate data

17 hours ago

A California judge's ruling against a tech entrepreneur seeking access to records kept secret in government databases detailing the comings and goings of millions of cars in the San Diego area via license plate scans was ...

Scots' inventions are fuel for independence debate

Sep 17, 2014

What has Scotland ever done for us? Plenty, it turns out. The land that gave the world haggis and tartan has produced so much more, from golf and television to Dolly the Sheep and "Grand Theft Auto."

White House backs use of body cameras by police

Sep 16, 2014

Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of ...

Chinese city creates cellphone sidewalk lane

Sep 15, 2014

Taking a cue from an American TV program, the Chinese city of Chongqing has created a smartphone sidewalk lane, offering a path for those too engrossed in messaging and tweeting to watch where they're going.

Coroner: Bitcoin exchange CEO committed suicide

Sep 15, 2014

A Singapore Coroner's Court has found that the American CEO of a virtual currency exchange committed suicide earlier this year in Singapore because of work and personal issues.

User comments : 0