Thanks for this, Sydney – Not surprising…

Thanks for this, Sydney –

Not surprising – although I would be concerned that staff preparation might be a significant issue here, as you can expect that the students themselves are more than comfortable with tablets. Too comfortable perhaps, but then that is a classroom management issue.

I’m not saying that this is the case here, but the situation reminds me of the lobbying power of the textbook industry, which is not seeing the profit margins they used to with printed textbooks. Twenty years ago, when I was leading the implementation of a completely online middle school science curriculum, I was confronted by a province (unnamed) where the textbook publishers successfully lobbied to legislate a new education ministry ordinance that in order for any resource to be purchased by the province, the publisher would have to guarantee that the content would remain unchanged for at least five years. Sounds simple enough, and in spirit it was meaning to offer some quality assurance, but it was designed precisely to kill any online resource, at least any resource that used the power of the internet to continuously refresh and update content…