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    21st Century Classroom
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  • Published: Jun 28th, 2009

arnoldCalifornia’s Governor is leading the way in the digital textbook evolution. Whether you’re in college and have to purchase your textbooks, or you’re in middle and high school and the state pays for them – textbooks aren’t cheap. According to the California Governor’s website, “The average textbook costs about $75 to $100 per student. For a school district with about 10,000 high school students, the use of free digital textbooks in just science and math classes could save up to $2 million dollars.”

While the switch from paper to digital is a money saver – what gets me excited is the ability to keep students current in a world that changes minute to minute. Providing students digital information allows them to have the most current information in science, math, history, and the arts. Typically textbooks are purchased and expected to last six years. That might have been acceptable in the 50’s when the internet didn’t exist, and what happened 5000 miles away really didn’t affect your life. But in today’s world, the speed of change is faster than a thought. Imagine learning from a science or math book that is six years old? Really, it’s unthinkable. I applaud Schwarzenegger’s initiative. At last, a state that is providing the tools that will help create tomorrow’s leaders

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  1. Andrea
    on Jun 28th, 2009
    @ 3:16 pm

    Interesting. I’m cool with digital textbooks as long as the history ones tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth! 😉

  2. Maria Lokken
    on Jun 28th, 2009
    @ 3:45 pm

    Andrea – that’s a tricky one. There are always several versions of history depending on who is telling the story.

    Interestingly enough – England is slowly doing away with teaching history is schools. Can you believe it?

  3. Andrea
    on Jun 28th, 2009
    @ 3:55 pm

    I hear you, Maria, but facts are facts. I don’t like when people distort the facts to satisfy their own agenda. Unfortunately, there are textbooks out there that have that in them.

  4. Maria Lokken
    on Jun 28th, 2009
    @ 4:01 pm

    It’s been a while since I’ve even seen a textbook, let alone read one. I’m really curious – can you give me an example?

  5. Andrea
    on Jun 28th, 2009
    @ 4:44 pm

    Sure! “The American Pageant” by Bailey and David Kennedy distorts some history, especially certain aspects of the Reagan years. Another one is “American Destiny” by Marc C. Carnes and John A. Garraty. In it, some facts are distorted, including things about the Rosenbergs.

    I don’t mean to offend or anything, but with two kids in school, this is something I’m passionate about. Besides reading romance, of course. 😉

  6. Maria Lokken
    on Jun 28th, 2009
    @ 4:52 pm

    Andrea – I don’t blame you for being passionate. I’m not familiar with either book. I just checked into them on line, but there aren’t any details about them, just that they are history text books. You’ve really got my curiosity at an all time high.

  7. Buffie
    on Jun 29th, 2009
    @ 12:34 pm

    Guess I better get my kids to the eye doctor!! That added time in front of another digital device is sure to take its toll.

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