Digital Books Are Now All the Rage

Many educators say that it will not be long before textbooks are replaced by digital versions — or completely supplanted by lessons assembled from the wealth of free courseware, educational games, videos and projects on the Web.

“Kids are wired differently these days,” says Sheryl R. Abshire, chief technology officer for a school system in Louisiana. “They’re digitally nimble. They multi-task, transpose and extrapolate. And they think of knowledge as infinite.”

California, despite budgetary woes, is bringing the concept to fruition with its Free Digital Textbook Initiative.

“We all have a role to play in leveraging 21st century technology to expand learning and better serve California’s students, parents, teachers and schools,” says California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This initiative will ensure our schools know which digital textbooks stand up to California’s academic content standards. This first-in-the-nation initiative will reduce education costs, help encourage collaboration among school districts and help ensure every California student has access to a world-class education.”

California’s Free Digital Textbook Initiative was created to provide students, teachers and parents access to free digital high school textbooks that meet California standards.

“In five years, I think the majority of students will be using digital textbooks,” says William M. Habermehl, superintendent of the 500,000-student Orange County (Calif.) schools. “They can be better than traditional textbooks.”

For details on California’s Free Digital Textbook Initiative Report, visit the Website http://www.clrn.org/fdti/FDTI_Report.pdf. Textbook reviews and links to each textbook download are available at the Website http://www.clrn.org/fdti/.

Many educators say that it will not be long before textbooks are replaced by digital versions — or completely supplanted by lessons assembled from the wealth of free courseware, educational games, videos and projects on the Web.

“Kids are wired differently these days,” says Sheryl R. Abshire, chief technology officer for a school system in Louisiana. “They’re digitally nimble. They multi-task, transpose and extrapolate. And they think of knowledge as infinite.”

California, despite budgetary woes, is bringing the concept to fruition with its Free Digital Textbook Initiative.

“We all have a role to play in leveraging 21st century technology to expand learning and better serve California’s students, parents, teachers and schools,” says California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. “This initiative will ensure our schools know which digital textbooks stand up to California’s academic content standards. This first-in-the-nation initiative will reduce education costs, help encourage collaboration among school districts and help ensure every California student has access to a world-class education.”

California’s Free Digital Textbook Initiative was created to provide students, teachers and parents access to free digital high school textbooks that meet California standards.

“In five years, I think the majority of students will be using digital textbooks,” says William M. Habermehl, superintendent of the 500,000-student Orange County (Calif.) schools. “They can be better than traditional textbooks.”

For details on California’s Free Digital Textbook Initiative Report, visit the Website http://www.clrn.org/fdti/FDTI_Report.pdf. Textbook reviews and links to each textbook download are available at the Website http://www.clrn.org/fdti/.

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