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Text books going the way of the eight-track?

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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?


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