By Guest Blogger, Jason Davis
Ed Tech magazine, which focuses on K-12 issues, in November 2012 published a report on six hot trends in educational technology with a move toward digital-only textbooks as the No. 1 item. According to the report, 37 percent of teachers surveyed — no information was given as to the total number of respondents — say they plan to transition to only digital textbooks within the next one to five years. Just 26.3 percent of them believe they could do so easily given their current network infrastructure.
This is an interesting development, as a move to digital-only textbooks would align with a push by legislators and district officials to implement more technology in the classroom. The push coincides with the need for students to be more techno-savvy as they look for 21st-century jobs.
My question is: who foots the bill for the technology? Would it be the school? Most districts are strapped for cash and looking for ways to slash budgets.
Would the money come via a vote of the public? At a time when so many people are hurting financially, I think it would be tough to sell taxpayers on the idea.
What about funds for upkeep and repair? Would the school or the students be held responsible for that? In principle, the idea sounds like a great one. But, as with many other things, finances are the major hurdle.