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Clearwater High School Switching to Electronic Textbooks

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Written by Paul Steinbrueck

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e-reader electronic textbookAccording to a report on local radio station, 970 WFLA, Clearwater High School is going to do away with conventional textbooks next school year.

Clearwater High School is planning to switch to paper-free, electronic books called e-readers next year. The devices will replace books completely with electronic devices that will be preloaded with the required subjects’ texts for students.

According to reports, the school of about 2,100 students hasn’t yet decided on a vendor for the deal, but is discussing the matter with Amazon Kindle.

The transition to textbooks on e-readers seems inevitable to me.  It’s just a matter of time.

I expected the transition would have started in colleges where the cost of books for one semester usually exceeds the price of Kindle ($259) and sometimes even that of an iPad ($499). Plus college students could make the choice individually to go electronic or not, as opposed to a high school which has to go through the bureaucracy of a government purchasing office.

Never the less, this is a pretty cool technological step forward in schools.  It’ll be interesting to see how it works.  Is the school going to buy every student an e-reader?  What will happen if a student breaks or loses it?

We have quite a few students, teachers, college professors, and school administrators who read Christian Web Trends.  Is your school considering switching to e-readers?  What do you think of the idea?

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