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July 13th, 2011
West Virginia asks counties to plan for electronic textbooks
State taking a two-year hiatus on buying social studies textbooks as it prepares for a shift to digital resources
Danny Protzman, parent of South Middle School student Paige Protzman, 12, said making a push toward educational technology is a good idea, but keeping traditional textbooks is important.
“Computers and the internet aren’t always reliable,” he said. “[Students] need to have the books too, because you never know.”
Paige, who would be affected more directly by electronic textbooks, said simply, “I like books better.”
Kathy Grimes, of Morgantown, W.Va., who home schools her three children, said there is a place for both new technology and traditional teaching materials.
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“The power can go out, the internet can go down, and in that case, you could just open a book up,” she said. “But what happens if you don’t have textbooks anymore?”
Removing traditional textbooks all together is not the state’s plan at this point.
“In no way have we said ‘stop using traditional textbooks.’ They will still be there,” Cordeiro said.
With careful planning and effective execution, the program could bring great opportunities to Monongalia County students, Devono said.
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