Field notes -- Shifting from textbooks to digital portals

12/3/2012

"Wouldn't it be nice to not have to rely on textbooks that still regard Pluto as a planet because there are still three more years until the astronomy class is eligible for a new textbook?" asks assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction Christopher J. Pellettieri. In his district, the solution was to ditch "the dinosaur that is the standard 400- to 600-page, three- to five-pound textbook" and give students access to digital portals. In his ASCD Express article, Pellettieri explains how this type of program works. Read on.

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