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on June 10, 2009

Saw a news item this morning (June 10) that Calif is attempting to save money by moving toward online text books.  The opposition feels poorer students would be at risk  due to a lack of home access.  And, yes, text books are often without current information, particularly history and science texts, which are usually updated every three years or so,  requiring new purchases by students.   And the idea would “save the trees”  for the paper envolved in printing new books.  However, there is also the matter of curriculum  for students being dictated by school boards.  And there are also other factors  such as Facebook, My Space, etc., which can be accessed  once students learn how to get around school blocks to same.   Then there is the cost of ink and paper for printouts by students not to mention costs for the internet services which would probably result in advertisment resources.  There is also the probability for hackers to obtain access. 

 I have offered herein a few detraction for such a “futuristic” move.  So what is your take?  Is there any good news for Kindle education?


2 responses to “

  1. Carol says:

    I can think of lots of negatives. Maybe one positive would be the lighter backpacks that students have to carry around on their shoulders. All those textbooks streamed into one pocketbook-sized device! But I can’t imagine every student in the USA having access to a Kindle. Or being able to keep one serviced even if they were given one. It sounds a little like the elitist’s “a laptop computer for every student” idea that made the rounds not long ago, but died a quick death.

  2. Heather says:

    Hmmm. I think it’s like most things…a balance has to be found somewhere. Never can someone replace the feel of holding a really good book in your hands on those crisp autumn days. Call me old fashioned….I teach technology but the world could use a little more moderation in my books!!!

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