Is everything going to be extinct like typewriters, the floppy disk and making way for the new age of learning?
We all have seen people in various platforms use an iPad and they always state that it is a new thing that will take the world by storm. Now with Apple announcing that they wanted to get into the textbook business and create them for the iPad.
Arnie Duncan the Secretary of Education who was formerly the head of schools here in Chicago alongside Juilus Genachowski who is the FCC chairman announced this past Wednesday that they wanted to send out a challenge to teachers around the nation to take advantage of this new way of learning and get on the digital textbook age within 5 years. This comes on the heels of when I mentioned above that Apple wants to sell textbooks for high schoolers over the iPad.
Some of the advantages of going the way of the digital textbook, first you don't have to have your students carrying a ton of books in their backpacks, second the textbooks will never get old, the digital textbook will always stay up to date. It will also give the student a very interactive way of learning subjects.
There are various states already taking advantage of this new age of learning, for example Florida, Utah, Idaho and California. As well as Joplin, Missouri, where the tornado destroyed all the textbooks so they have ditched the textbook and laptops have taken the place of the textbook. Now not many school systems can have access to a broadband connection needed, financial problems often stop schools from taking advantage of the digital textbook.
This is why President Obama has said that we as a nation don't need to fall behind other countries that take advantage of the technology that is right now present. We need to be leading all the nations in having a smart kid and not be trailing behind.
Hopefully as we all know that soon tablets will be dropping price and I hope that somehow the school systems around the country get on board this new age of technology.
So we will see what happens in the future of our school systems and whether the schools will heade the advice of the Secretary of Education and go the digital textbook age or whether they keep doing stuff the way always do.