Japan soon will start piloting electronic textbooks in its primary schools, enhancing the role of IT in the classroom for a generation of "digital natives" born in the wired age, reports the Economic Times. Under the "future school" project, 10 elementary schools will give all their under-12 pupils tablet PCs and fit their classrooms with interactive electronic whiteboards starting as early as next month. The networked devices boast software that lets them trace complex Chinese characters on-screen or exchange ideas on a virtual white sheet of paper in real time, while a teacher digitally monitors their work. Japan, despite its...

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