According to the state's top education official, West Virginia public schools within a few years might switch from hardbound textbooks to digital lessons carried around by students on portable computers, reports the Charleston Daily Mail. "Textbooks will be a thing of the past," said state schools Superintendent Steve Paine. Paine said textbooks could be replaced with digital instructional material created or customized by the state education department, business partners, and a Wikipedia-style portal for educators. The new material would be distributed to students on laptops or handheld electronic devices. The switch, which Paine believes could begin in about five years,


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