The revolution brewing in your child’s backpack. One little computer tablet may soon replace all those big old textbooks.
Apple employees demonstrate interactive features of iBooks 2 for iPad, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in New York. IBooks 2 will be able to display books with videos and other interactive features. (AP)
It hits in middle school. The twenty-pound school backpack. Loaded with notepads and pencils and gear and – above all – textbooks. Big old heavy paper-and-ink textbooks loaded with math lessons and history and diagrams of frog intestines. It sounds so 20th Century.
Now, there’s a push on to throw out the textbooks and load everything a young student needs onto one little nifty tablet computer. Weighs just a pound. Carries the world. As many digital textbooks as you like. Ready to dazzle. Will they work?
This hour, On Point: when textbooks go digital, go tablet.
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