Recently, Education Secretary Arne Duncan described the transition from print to online textbooks as absolutely urgent. "Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete," Duncan said. "The world is changing. This has to be where we go as a country."
The education gap continues to widen between students in the U.S. and their peers elsewhere. South Korea, which consistently betters the U.S. in measures of educational outcomes, has embraced digital learning and plans to go fully digital with its textbooks by 2015.
Several states in the U.S. have begun to make digitizing textbooks a priority. Now that all 48 states and D.C. have adopted the Common Core standards (uniform standards for reading and math), it will be easier for states to collaborate in creating online content. This summer, a school district in Huntsville, Alabama, became the first district nationally to attempt to transition completely from print to online textbooks.
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