Digital textbooks open a new chapter

With thanks to Deskarati far east reporter – Tom Robb

South Korea, one of the world’s highest-rated education systems, aims to consolidate its position by digitising its entire curriculum. By 2015, it wants to be able to deliver all its curriculum materials in a digital form through computers. The information that would once have been in paper textbooks will be delivered on screen.

South Korea’s Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Ju-Ho Lee, said that his department was preparing a promotion strategy for “Smart Education”, focusing on customised learning and teaching. The project, launched during the summer, will involve wireless networks in all schools to allow students to learn “whenever and wherever”, as well as an education information system that can run in a variety of devices including PCs, laptops, tablets and internet-connected TVs.

He said the government would support an open content market containing a variety of learning materials, aimed at keeping up quality while keeping down costs.

“Smart Education will change how we perceive textbooks,” said Mr Lee.

“The transfer from the traditional paper textbooks to digital textbooks will allow students to leave behind their heavy backpacks and explore the world beyond the classroom.”

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5 Responses to Digital textbooks open a new chapter

  1. Anonymous says:

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  2. Good for South Korea. I think it’s only a matter of time before digital textbooks become big here in the US. The more interactive textbooks become, the better the learning experience.

  3. Deskarati says:

    Perhaps if we get an actual folding colour ebook things will take off. What about an apple ibook?

    • Wow, I didn’t even know that existed! Then students can have the look and feel of a textbook, but the interactive learning experience of a wireless tablet. I love it. Either way I plan on making the switch to purchase online textbooks this next semester. I don’t want to get left behind with all this cool new technology.

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