The creation of more opportunities to purchase and author digital textbooks is highlighted in today’s edition of T.H.E. Journal which notes the release of the iBook2 ( http://thejournal.com/articles/2012/01/19/apple-launches-ibooks-2-ibooks-author.aspx)
In Bedford, as we continue the development of our 1:1 initiative at the high school, the opportunity to create and revise our own textbooks is a key component of the shift we are supporting in our classrooms. With that end in mind, we have joined with Andover and Burlington High Schools submitting an Innovation Grant to the DESE seeking some financial support for our teachers to continue to work together. Last June Burlington High School hosted a professional development week so that our teachers could share digital resources via ePubs.
If the three districts are successful in getting this competitive grant, our cross-district collaboration will provide a great model for the rest of the state. It is time for Massachusetts to support the shift from traditional to digital textbooks and Bedford is well-positioned to help lead the way.
If you have time, watch the video just released by Apple.