Educational Technology

April 27, 2011

iPads could be textbooks of the near future

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Michael Souza, The Westerly Sun

Superintendent Barry Ricci made it clear that the school system is aware of the ever-changing world of technology. He can even envision a day when textbooks could become obsolete. “We are investigating if we want to buy textbooks anymore, or do we want to buy iPads or something similar that the textbooks can be loaded into,” Ricci said. “The publishing field is changing dramatically. We met with representatives from Pierson, a big textbook publisher, and even they will admit that the industry is changing so fast that, in time, the idea of publishing textbooks on paper will probably go away. “Kids will be carrying [computers like the iPad] around,” he said. “It is so easy to read and you can take notes on it, and you can cut and paste on it. It really is a remarkable tool.

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