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What are you doing to change things?

there will be those who say that schools without 1:1 resources just can’t engage in this sort of [textbook-less way of teaching]. And, actually, I’d agree. And I’d say to those schools: “So what are you doing to change things? What are you doing to bring 1:1 computing to your kids? Why aren’t you letting students bring the technology they already own into the classroom? And how are you changing and reallocating your resources to take advantage of technologies that prove over the long-haul to be more cost effective and less redundant than textbooks and printing?” I’d ask the English Department: “Why are you buying novels and anthologies that by-and-large are available for free online at places like Project Gutenberg, Open Library, and Google Books?” I’d ask the Math Department: “Why are you beholden to a textbook company for math questions? Use your hard-earned knowledge and post your own questions on a class blog; let the kids formulate questions; shake things up a bit.”

Shelly Blake-Plock via http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-shelly-blake-plock-teachpaperless-edchat