Published in the May/June 2008 Issue of the National School Supply and Equipment Association newsletter last year. I retained rights to publish on Cool Cat Teacher and since many discussions about textbooks have been circulating, (Kindle: Amazon's 6!) I'd like to share my thoughts.
I predict that the word “textbook” will soon carry the same connotation as the word “scroll” does today. The word “scroll” harkens to a time when scholarly materials were produced on papyrus and stored in cool vaults, to be accessed by the few elite lucky enough to have access. Likewise, with the proliferation of scholarly works on the Internet, students and teachers are now able to create their own repositories of knowledge based upon reliable sources. Some classes are eliminating textbooks all together, opting for sites like Curriki or creating projects where students compile, authenticate, and create information based upon their research.
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