Monday, June 15, 2009

Electronic Textbooks the Future for Schools

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that California would be using electronic versions of textbooks for high school mathematics and science starting this fall. Advantages cited include cost-saving, faster updates, easier to carry and built in interactivity.

This seems to answer the question about the future of electronic books. Since California and Texas are the biggest textbook adoption states most publishers create textbooks for those markets. Whatever California and Texas want from publishers is what everyone else in the country gets. Other states like Florida and Ohio have been doing smaller scale trials of electronic textbooks as well.

Some of the perceived downsides of the switch away from printed books will be taken care of in future developments or people will just have to get over it. Teachers will have to learn how to teach differently to take best advantage of the powerful new books.

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