1It’s interesting to see how advanced we’re gotten. Paper copies are slowly disappearing with everything being digitized. One advantage for sure of having e-textbooks: not killing your back carrying tons of heavy textbooks. I seriously think I’m slightly hunched because my backpack was always bigger than me.
I’m totally onboard with e-textbooks.
It is amazing to me how quickly the classroom is changing. In South Korea, for example, by the year 2015 all textbooks will be available for download on a variety of platforms, including computers, smart phones, and tablets. An agreement was made with Samsung and the government of Korea to provide all students with a tablet computer – no more textbooks. Not surprisingly, this will save the government a lot of money. Similar trends are occurring in Canada.
Schools in Canada are also using YouTube technology to post lectures. It is expected for the student to watch the lecture in the evening as homework and use class time to work with other students on individual assignments.
It will be interesting to see how other social media platforms will be incorporated into the classroom over the next 5 years.