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September 25, 2008

I never want to buy textbooks again!  Since we just purchased several new versions, mostly at the secondary level, at a cost of over $400,000 – the time might be right.  Unlike the past, we have other options – software, PDFs, video files, consumable workbooks, podcasts, and online tutorials are just a few.

Many textbook companies see this coming – they are adapting their “intellectual property” to allow educators to choose the format for receiving the content.  iTunes University is being piloted here in Michigan as a way teachers can provide lectures and other materials to their students.  The list of innovations goes on….  maybe textbooks will go the way of slate boards and the ditto machine?

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  1. Gordon permalink
    September 25, 2008 4:26 pm

    The first 2 thoughts that come to mind are a mix of the good and the bad.

    GOOD: I am sure a lot of backs will greatly appreciate fewer textbooks.

    BAD: It is hard now to verify if your student is concentrating on homework when the book is open and the iPod is plugged into his/her ears. How hard will this be when the iPod is the homework?

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