Using Textbooks as a Model for Classroom Technology

TEXTBOOK LESSON: Are we over-complicating edtech? According to AEI's ed policy director Rick Hess and Kaplan Chief Learning Officer Bror Saxberg, we might be--and should instead look to textbooks as the example for how simplicity works for widespread adoption in schools. In their recent National Review Online article, Hess and Saxberg call out the textbook as "an invaluable template for how to best think about digital learning." The article references the mass-produced textbook's ability to last as food for thought, from initial 1490's hesitation around the printing press's potential up through the continued merits of textbooks in 21st century classrooms ("Books enable students to move at their own pace and to re-read passages as needed, permitting the kind of reinforcement that learners need").

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