Monday, August 10, 2009

"In a Digital Future, Textbooks Are History"

According to this article, it looks like some of the brick-and-mortar educators out there are finally starting to get the picture on where education is going:
“I don’t believe that charters and vouchers are the threat to schools in Orange County,” ... said [William M. Habermehl, superintendent of the 500,000-student Orange County schools]. “What’s a threat is the digital world — that someone’s going to put together brilliant $200 courses in French, in geometry by the best teachers in the world.”
I'll bet we can come up with a few "brilliant" online courses in French—and probably for a lot less than $200.

1 comment:

  1. Vince, They are treating the opportunity of online learning as a threat and not as a chance to expand their reach. I agree, the cost to the learners will not be $200, nowhere near. A lot of it will be free. The teachers can perform a key role in helping people, and not only their own students, take advantage.It is a new paradigm. Educators are coaches, not as the founts of learning.