November 5, 2008
How do textbooks fit into today's
learning? Many years ago, the textbook was the only tool used to
teach students. Today, with the increased access to the Internet in
schools and homes, the textbook may be on its way out the door.
Today's teachers still use textbooks, however, the way they use them
varies from page by page instruction to selective use of only parts of a
As technology increases and more
students have Internet access available to them, we will eventually see
the entire textbook presented on some type of electronic device.
Think of the learning potential. No longer will students be limited
to a book with a few hundred pages of information. The world will
become their intellectual resource. And to some degree, this is
already occurring with our children.
There is something to consider
though. Because the Internet is open to everyone, how do we
determine what is truth and what is simple deception? We will need
to teach our children how to become very evaluative learners.