Books face extinction as schools go high-tech

Hitting the books is becoming a thing of the past, as more schools across Massachusetts implement virtual classrooms and equip students with laptops, the Boston Herald reports. "If you look at a textbook it’s very static. It’s very convoluted," said Hopkinton High math teacher Carla Crisafulli, who will post homework assignments to and use Jing to create lesson voice-overs. "We’re going to be able to reach out via the Internet and make geometry come alive." Hopkinton High is piloting a physics course that will be conducted exclusively online, said Principal Alyson Geary. For freshman geometry and junior American literature, students will carry laptops instead of textbooks. The Lila G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester is piloting algebra and science courses that combine classroom and online work this year, said Principal Deb Socia.

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