Schools looking at switching to online textbooks

Schools looking at switching to online textbooks

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Randall Jeppesen, KSL NewsradioMore schools around the country are weighing the pros and cons of switching to online textbooks versus the traditional paper textbooks.

Mark Sowa is the Jordan School District technology consultant, and he thinks getting rid of paper textbooks for online versions is a good idea. "Online textbook, I think, is a step toward the technology-infused classroom," he said.

However, he says there are drawbacks. The district spends $4 million a year on textbooks, and online textbooks are more expensive. "[It's] the regular textbook price plus another $20, or something, and you get all this media," Sowa explained.

You also must have a computer for every child in the classroom, and teachers would be limited on assigning homework because many kids don't have home computers.

Sowa says more and more teachers are looking to digital sources for teaching.

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