Some excerpts:

  • The idea of "getting more" out of textbooks by going digital—with content that’s interactive, connected to other classroom technology tools, and distributed through platforms students are familiar with—appeals to many educators.

  • Even if districts can find the money to make such a switch, will there be enough academic gains to make the investment worthwhile?

  • Florida has already passed legislation requiring districts to spend half of their instructional-materials budgets on digital content by 2015-16

  • Alabama is considering a bill that would use $100 million in bonds to give digital textbooks and tablets to students.

  • California, Indiana, Utah, and Washington state have all passed legislation promoting digital education content

  • In January, the "big three" publishers—Pearson, McGraw-Hill Education, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt—announced a much-publicized deal with Apple to provide a line of electronic textbooks exclusively for the iPad

  • San Diego district is spending $15 million to supply its students with 25,700 iPads

  • The McAllen district [Texas] is buying about 27,000 iPads, roughly one for each student and teacher, in an initiative that will cost the district $20 million

  • About half the costs are noninstructional, such as broadband connections, infrastructure, and inventory

  • A 500-student school can save between $35 and $250 per student per year by switching to digital textbooks

  • Independent observers have moved to debunk some of the cost-saving estimates for digital textbooks.

  • The San Jose Mercury News determined that hardware and content for digital textbooks on the iPad would add up to three times the cost of sticking with print.

  • A technology-industry veteran with experience at companies such as Apple and Pearson, determined that it could cost up to five times more to provide students with an iPad and Apple’s digital textbooks

  • Upfront costs for moving to digital content are prohibitive for many districts.

  • Many educators note that most tablets provide more education content—apps, educational gaming, multimedia viewing, and editing—than just textbooks

  • The iPad textbooks themselves also feature animation, note-taking capabilities, and built-in assessment tools.

  • The global textbook market is worth $19.8 billion, with 60 percent of that market including K-12 textbooks

Posted from Diigo.