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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halfway to E-books

Many classes at Episcopal use E-books. Sometimes. Everybody gets a bound paper book, but they also get access to the online version with supplementary materials. So lots of kids just leave their paper books home and access the online version when they need to at school.

We have a committee to study implementing a one-to-one laptop program at Episcopal right now. One of the things we are considering is the price of paper books versus the price of e-books. And the associated weight reduction.

There are definitely some savings to be had solely on the basis of switching to e-books.

If we do implement a one-to-one program, and if we do it right, we will be delivering an experience that is more like a lab and less like a lecture. And in this lab-like setting students may be more apt to reference the textbook from time to time, which will be right there on their screens. The bound paper book will be back home.

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