As schools move towards digital learning environment, will future students know what a book is? That was the question posed on a recent Ed Table Talk, hosted by Michael Jay of Educational Systemics. Guests Udi Chatow, Senior Strategist and Program Director at HP; Elmar Husmann, Deputy Secretary General at European Learning Industry Group; and Frank Thalhofer, Managing Director at Cornelsen Schulverlage discussed the broader definition of “book,” how students interact with content, and the case for bringing together analog and digital materials.
- The book isn’t dead by any means. There is still a lot of print, but what is the role of print and digital, and how do they work together?
- If a print book stays in school for seven years, think about how much the world changes in that time. How can digital help supplement that?
- Should devices be owned by schools? Devices need to be updated, upgraded, and maintained. That can pose a logistical and financial problem for schools.
- The race to own the newest technology is not the best model for education. Should technology be leased, like a car, rather than purchased? Rather than owning devices, should the tools the schools own connect to the devices the students own?
- And, of course, when looking at digital tools, schools and developers should be asking if technology is helping deliver better learning outcomes.
Listen to Teacher? What is a Book? from Ed Table Talk (October 15, 2015).