I cannot believe we still rely on textbooks. With the 21st Century, what is our answer to textbooks? Wikibooks, ways to create our own content, just use online resources? No, we invent a tablet (iPad) to put a paper textbook into digital form. Sorry Apple fanboys, but really, what more is the iPad? For all the buzz, all they created is a device that operates at the lowest level of Bloom’s Taxonomy. No content creation occurs with it, albeit maybe some difficult-ly written blog posts. Then our Secretary of Education comes out against Texas’ efforts in moving from traditional textbook companies:
“Whatever Texas decides, I do not think there will be large ripple effects around the country. Textbook companies today have a real ability to customize textbooks.” — Arne Duncan on CNN
Wow. A real ability to customize textbooks? How is that? Add some links to some webpage? Some images? Argh!