Textbooks to Tablets: Preparing for Digital Education by 2017

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

For years, there’s been an ongoing discussion about the digital divide between the “haves” and the “have nots.” As technology has advanced, so has that gap, which is driving fundamental changes in how we work, learn, and live.

Administrators, educators, and nonprofit entities nationwide have been trying to lessen that gap over the past decade. With newer, lighter technologies like tablets and ultra-light laptops like the MacBook Air, some schools are considering getting rid of textbooks altogether and going digital.

“This is a long time coming; we’ve been talking about digital education for many, many years,” says Aaron E. Walsh, director of Boston College’s Immersive Education Initiative (iED), a nonprofit international collaboration of universities, districts, research institutes, companies and other entities, that are working toward a digital education world.