A/V Now Available Free Webinar > Managing the Print-to-Digital Transition > August 21 > 2 PM - 3PM (ET)

McKiernan, Gerard [LIB] gerrymck at IASTATE.EDU
Thu Aug 23 20:28:50 EDT 2012

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A/V Now Available > Free Webinar > Managing the Print-to-Digital Transition > August 21 > 2 PM - 3PM (ET)


This event takes place on Tuesday, August 21, 2 to 3 p.m. ET.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission announced a blueprint to get all schools using digital textbooks in five years. While not mandated, the initiative encouraged schools to make the switch from print to digital materials based on estimated cost-savings and academic improvement—because print textbooks are expensive and digital content can be more personalized. But there are questions as to whether digital textbooks are actually cheaper, especially when factoring in the cost of the devices needed to deliver them, and whether digital content too closely resembles its print counterpart. Given the various devices, publishers, and content formats that have emerged in the education market, school districts are moving toward their digital goals in many different ways. Our guests will discuss their approaches to using digital content and the benefits, challenges, costs, and savings driving their strategy.


Jay McPhail, director of instructional technology, Riverside Unified school district, Calif.

James Ponce, superintendent, McAllen Independent school district, Texas


Jason Tomassini, staff writer, Education Week

An archived version of the event will be available within 24 hours after the original presentation.


Underwriting for this webinar is made possible by a grant from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Source and Link to A/V Available Via

[ http://digital-textbooks.blogspot.com/2012/08/free-webinar-managing-print-to-digital.html ]


Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011



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