Educational Technology

April 26, 2011

Florida Schools May Be Required to Digitize Half Their Textbook Budgets Within 2 Years

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Lilly Rockwell, Flagler

Ready or not, Florida school districts may be required to spend half of their textbook budgets on digital materials in just two years. But school districts are reluctant to embrace a mandate they say is too costly and doesn’t take into account students without Internet access. Tucked into education funding bills in the state House and Senate are proposals that push school districts to convert from traditional, bulky hardback textbooks to electronic books, available on a computer or handheld device such as Amazon’s Kindle or Apple’s iPad. These proposals came after state education officials unveiled an ambitious plan in February to require all students in grades K-12 to use only electronic materials in the classroom by 2015.

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