Schools Transitioning to Digital Textbooks

kindle keyboard on top of macbookThe transition to digital textbooks heralds another step to modernizing schools and making technology more readily available for students.

The State of Florida has a law that states that digital textbooks must be available in K-12 schools by 2015. A special team of people who were in charge of making that happen attended a recently concluded conference in educational technology and the largest to date in the industry, the Florida Educational Technology Conference, in Orlando, Florida.

William “And” Shaw, a history and economics K-12 teacher in Clearwater High School in Clearwater, was recently challenged when the school began distributing Kindle to each student. The allocation of the reading device is a preparation for the institution’s attempt to use textbooks in digital format.

Shaw now serves as Clearwater’s Kindle technology program’s coordinator handling more than 3,300 accounts and devices which includes Kindle Keyboards, Kindle Fires and other reading bring your own devices (BYOD) such as the iPad.

The school specifically chose Kindle because it has a huge collection of free books and is equipped with universal 3G service. As part of protecting student’s data, they received “R2-D2,” two digit-two digit code which is used to identifying their device instead of using their real name.

A nine member group of teachers, businessmen, district leaders, and parents called Florida’s Digital Instructional Materials Work Group is in charge of realizing or figuring out how to make digital textbooks available to students by 2015. The group plans to level the playing field by making sure all students across a wide range of economic background have equal chance of accessing textbooks and are provided with reader device if they still don’t have one.

Computer technology has changed the way we educate our children and it will continue to evolve as we discover new ways to make technoloyg work for us. CourseEasy rallies behind educational institutions as well as government agencies in charge with securing sustainable educational plans for the benefit of American students.

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