Textbooks going the way of the 8 track tape?

Interestingly enough mostly reported in foreign newspapers, Gov. Schwarzenegger of California is seriously thinking about doing away with textbooks in high schools in order to cut costs in the long run. Personally, I like this idea. Can you imagine all the trees we can save? However, not everyone is for the idea, there is thing called accessibility to content that has to be worked out.

Here is the story link:
http://www.gulf-times.com/site/topics/article.asp?cu_no=2&item_no=296801&version=1&template_id=46&parent_id=26

I am following this story closely, so look for updates if interested.

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Comment by Gary Bates on June 18, 2009 at 9:01am
Steve,
Recently, Indiana's State Board of Education waived textbook adoptions for schools, encouraging them to consider using digital content that's more timely and up-to-date.
Comment by Steve Tanksley on June 18, 2009 at 9:44pm
I think the opportunity to add inclusive features, such as a read a loud option for students with special needs, into digital texts is what is going to be the biggest benefit to the switch over. The key to success is insuring accessiablity of netbooks, laptops, or whatever. We need to end the days of signing up for computers. Imagine having to sign up for the pencil?

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