The eBook platform is coming to schools. For sure.
When is another story; if is not.
Like most forms of great change, there are those who will embrace it with open arms, those that will bounce back and forth between liking what is new and missing what’s old, and those that will poo-poo the new and hold on to the old for all sorts of reasons which they believe are quite well-justified.
All I can say about that is, if you think schools are in the midst of a doo-doo storm now, just wait til the inevitable migration to digital text knocks on your classroom door.
A breath of fresh air for some. A moment of great change (and challenge) for others. A discombobulating nightmare for some really, really good teachers, too.
I guess that is why I am gearing up now to bring folks PD. Cause schools are gonna need it for, if the teacher who is expected to make the jump to digital text does not have the skill set to work with and navigate digital text, pain will ensue… and the kids will suffer.
In some cases it will even render the capable incapable. (In war, I think they call that term collateral damage.)
Me, I am excited to see America re-invent our schools. We need it. But pie-in-the-sky visions of this being easy are my Achille’s heel. Theoretically, it will all be sold to us as seamless. In reality, there are gonna be lumps.