This event took place on Tuesday, August 21, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission announced a blueprint to get all schools using digital textbooks in five years. While not mandated, the initiative encouraged schools to make the switch from print to digital materials based on estimated cost-savings and academic improvement—because print textbooks are expensive and digital content can be more personalized. But there are questions as to whether digital textbooks are actually cheaper, especially when factoring in the cost of the devices needed to deliver them, and whether digital content too closely resembles its print counterpart. Given the various devices, publishers, and content formats that have emerged in the education market, school districts are moving toward their digital goals in many different ways. Our guests will discuss their approaches to using digital content and the benefits, challenges, costs, and savings driving their strategy.
Jay McPhail, director of instructional technology, Riverside Unified school district, Calif.
James Ponce, superintendent, McAllen Independent school district, Texas
Jason Tomassini, staff writer, Education Week