Online Learning Update

March 19, 2017

Textbooks could be history as schools switch to free online learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

by Kathy Boccella, Philadelphia Inquirer

Next year, though, when Gumpert’s ninth graders reach into their backpacks, they will pull out slim laptops instead of overweight tomes and use mostly free online resources, including the latest current events from Africa, the Middle East, and anywhere else on Earth. Garnet Valley is one of a handful of Philadelphia-area districts, and three in northern New Jersey, that are in the vanguard of a nationwide movement to ditch traditional textbooks for open-source educational resources on the web. Along with budget savings, which can reach hundreds of thousands of dollars in a district, proponents say it gives teachers more freedom to custom-tailor curricula and allows students to learn where they’re already most comfortable — on computers.

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