The Ever-Evolving Digital Classroom

A hundred years ago, classrooms were full of students who held only a slate, a piece of chalk and a couple of books. Now, only a few generations later, classrooms are full of interactive whiteboards, computers, and other technological gadgets. These tech tools are as ubiquitous in the elementary school classroom as they are the college classroom, and they are improving the way students learn and the way teachers can track their progress. This modern classroom transformation is also affec

Tablet PC Computer and book - Digital Library Concept

ting the way bookstores on college campuses are doing business. With the rise of electronic resources and digital downloads, student stores are seeing a change in the way books are being purchased.

Bringing Tech to the Classroom

Classrooms aren’t what they used to be. With computers on desks and digital lessons being taught, everything from elementary classes to college lectures are being designed with technology in mind. Students can setup webcams and chat live with others in the classroom or around the globe. Connecting students digitally to their studies is progressive and more relevant than the old chalkboard and paper books of yesteryear.

Students at the Open High School of Utah are utilizing the digital classroom; the school has traded chalk and blackboard for things like Google Docs and uses open course management systems to foster collaboration and interactive education. The return on investment is a result of effectively implementing technology in education.

The big question posed is how are institutions keeping up with the demand?


The beginning of the digital age in college classrooms has dawned. With the advent of eReaders and tablets, this generation of college stu
The Future of College Textbooks

dents are taking the digital step to required reading and storing their books in handheld devices. 5 percent of required textbooks this fallare digital downloads available to students, compared to 2 percent this past spring semester. This rapid update is taking studying to a whole different level and college bookstores are scrambling to find a way to meet the standards. Student bookstores are now offering eReader-friendly options to textbooks and displaying them next to the required books on the shelves.

The Cost of Going Digital

By next year, 25 percent of all textbooks will be available for download to tablets and eReaders. Students are paying up to $150 for a new textbook and only $84 for an eBook. For college students, saving money on any level is worth the investment of a tablet. However, students haven’t caught on to the digital books trend, with most buying physical textbooks. This will give bookstores time to adjust to inflation of the digital lecture hall.

As more and more advances are made in technology, teachers and students will continue to find ways to utilize technology in their classrooms. Their creative use of technology will improve the way students learn. At the same time, it will also increase their educational opportunities as more students and researchers become able to join classes.

Sara Bird A computer programmer who is working on her PhD in robotics, Sara loves talking about Higgs Boson, reading New Scientist and is getting tired of her thesis but glad that it’s nearly finished.

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