Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Technology Expert Foresees Online Textbooks in 7 Years.(Final)

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

* Educators at UNM workshop agree with prediction but are skeptical about timeline

Palm-size computers will replace those hefty textbooks kids lug back and forth to school within seven years, a technology expert told educators at the University of New Mexico.

Textbooks will make way for electronic textbooks, which are are cheaper, more up-to-date, and offer an abundance of resources for students, Alan November told participants this week in a series of workshops.

Some New Mexico educators agreed that online texts will be commonplace someday, but they questioned November's timeline, saying the state must find money for better equipment and teacher training. …

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