In the Future Will Students Ask, What Is a Book?

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.

Key points

  • 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).


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