Digital Text Playbook

The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski have released the "Digital Textbook Playbook" on transitioning to digital texts. The Playbook is organized into four sections that are designed to follow the timeline/issues that schools need to address when making a transition from primarily paper print to mostly digital resources:

  • Making the Transition to Digital Learning
    • School districts need dedicated and shared leadership, careful planning, and teacher and community engagement to create a successful digital learning environment.
  • Connectivity at School
    • The key to delivering sufficient connectivity is estimating current and future demand at the district, school, and classroom level. This will ensure that schools have enough bandwidth to serve their student body, faculty, and staff.
  • Connectivity Beyond the School Gates
    • To accomplish truly ubiquitous digital learning, students must be able to connect beyond the school walls. This can be achieved through a combination of mobile broadband, community connectivity, and home broadband access.
  • Device Perspectives
    • A true digital textbook is an interactive set of learning content and tools accessed via a laptop, tablet, or other advanced device. Perspectives of key users should be considered: in particular, students, teachers, and parents.

So now we now also have a federal push to digital texts, with the goal of students using electronic textbooks by 2015.  One of the big pluses that I see in the switch to digital textbooks is that this could be the first real technology integration that ends up costing less money by integrating technology than by not. With the number of school systems, state organizations, and private foundations out there creating public domain textbooks, it can be a real cost savings to add a single technology device for a student to use to access all their textbooks (hopefully that can all be gotten for free).
Get the playbook at: