Sunday, August 9th, 2009 | resources
It may still be some time before sufficient technology is available in South African schools to do away with textbooks altogether, but more and more people are thinking in this direction.
The article Moving Into a Digital Future, Where Textbooks Are History explains what is happening in some schools in the United States of America.
If you consider the vast amounts of money being spent on textbooks each year – and I believe printers of textbooks and booksellers are skimming off considerable profits – it seems that it would be the course of wisdom for education departments to invest more in technology facilities in schools.
It may also be prudent for individual schools to think what they can do to do away with textbooks. Consider a few benefits:
E-texts are easy to update, hence learning resources will always be up to date.
E-books are much, much cheaper than their hard-copy counterparts.
Material presented in electronic format helps to keep the planet green.
We may still have textbooks with us for some time – but just as the abacus made way for the electronic calculator, textbooks will eventually become redundant.