Educational Technology

October 14, 2012

Bound textbooks on the way out

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

By Lee Pulaski, Shawano Leader

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan wants schools to move from traditional bound textbooks to digital as soon as possible. “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete,” Duncan said this week in a story reported by The Associated Press. Besides keeping up with the times, Duncan said he seeks to keep in step with other countries. For example, South Korea has set a goal for fully digital textbooks by 2015. School officials in Shawano and Bonduel reacted favorably Thursday to Duncan’s recommendation. Bonduel School District is already making strides toward fully digital education, planning to have computers for every student in grades 5-12 in the next few years. Duncan’s plans could require the initiative to expand to the lower grades, as well.

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