AirTalk for August 10, 2009

Text books going the way of the eight-track?

Remember lugging all those heavy text books around in your backpack when you were in school? Well, no surprise, text books are also going digital--kids in many school districts are already trading in their books for laptops and Kindles. Advocates say it'll help tailor education when teachers can access open-source digital textbooks and alter content to suit local needs. Additionally, the digital realm allows self-motivated students to do lessons more independently. But will it also result in less social interaction? And who will assure the quality of the material?

Guests:

William Habermehl, County Superintendent, Orange County Dept of Education

Neeru Khosla, co-founder of the CK-12 Foundation

Bruce Hildebrand, executive director of higher education with the Association of American Publishers


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