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As a mom and wife who also works full-time outside of the home, reading books is not high on my to do list. Sitting down with a good book has always been a great way for me to relax, but it is difficult to find the time. So within the last few months I have taken to logging on to my local library’s website, and ‘checking out’ audio books that I can play on my PC. It allows me to get my fix of a good mystery while making dinner, cleaning, etc. I find it invaluable, and a great stress reliever.
So it was very interesting last night as I was listening to one of these books and researching some new market trends, that I came across a brief article on teachermagazine.org, titled “10 digital textbooks meet state academic standards.” Basically, the state of California is looking at digital textbooks that meet state educational standards. The rationale is that it will save costs, while engaging students in interactive learning. It certainly does follow trends that many of us use in our personal lives.
I am interested to know what others in the market think of this. I’m sure there is a lot more to understand about what the impacts will be, and how teaching styles may be modified. Is it a good idea? Will students respond positively? Let me know what you think. It is truly a sign of the times…