Educational Technology

December 28, 2012

Goodbye to heavy backpacks?: Hello, e-textbooks

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

By Celia Baker, Deseret News

The next school icon to be tossed on the education bone heap may be the hardcover textbook. Slide rules and typewriters have long been extinct, and chalkboards have become an endangered species threatened by interactive whiteboards. Someday soon, students might carry a single digital tablet instead of lugging around a backpack full of books. Along with reducing backaches, the shift to e-textbooks holds bright promise for decreasing education costs and improving learning. The United States spends more than $7 billion a year on textbooks, but many students are still stuck with old texts full of outdated material.

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