A Florida school district that tested an interactive, web-based textbook in place of a traditional textbook for a half year in six classrooms found that students were more focused and engaged and completed more homework. Despite the pilot project's success, however, educators involved in the program say few schools are ready to replace their print versions with electronic ones anytime soon.

Staff from the Miami-Dade County Public Schools' division of instructional technology and media support services studied the effect of Pearson Prentice Hall's electronic textbook, the iText, on learning in grades seven, nine, and...

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