SETDA urges shift to digital instruction


  • Sustainable funding for devices to access digital content.
  • Robust internet connectivity.
  • Up-to-date policies and practices.
  • Prepared educators.
  • Intellectual property and reuse rights.
  • Quality control and usability.
  • State and local leadership buy-in.

SETDA also offers the following recommendations for K-12 policy makers, school leaders, and publishers:

  1. Complete the shift from print-centric textbook adoption practices to digital resources within five years.
  2. Develop a vision and road map for completing the shift; eliminate unnecessary regulation and enact supporting policies; invest in infrastructure and devices to support the shift; and ensure effective implementation of digital policies.
  3. Ensure a vibrant marketplace for digital and open content.

In-depth details for each of these recommendations can be found in the full report.

“Re-imagining and implementing an integral element of the educational system within five years is a daunting task,” the report concludes. “Yet, as this report highlights, leading states and districts have traveled partially down the path already—and our students are ready. If we are serious about offering a college-and career-ready education for all students, we do not have the luxury of further delay. It is past due time to re-imagine the future of the K-12 textbook. Join us.”

For more news about digital instruction, see:

Albuquerque schools embrace ‘techbooks’ instead of textbooks

States moving slowly toward digital textbooks

Textbook-free schools share experiences, insights

Meris Stansbury

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