Earlier this month Education Secretary Arne Duncan spoke at Digital Learning Day, and he urged schools to get digital textbooks in students’ hands within five years.

While Joel Klein applaudes both the digital textbook challenge and technology, he feels that how much a student learns is defined by two things: the quality of the teaching curriculum and the amount of knowledge students absorb from it.

I think they also made two VERY IMPORTANT points that are often overlooked:

“Poorly designed and deployed technologies can reinforce old behaviors and practices, rather than solve for and improve them. What’s even worse is when critical investments in training teachers to effectively use these new tools have often been shortchanged….”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-i-klein/digital-textbooks-education-technology_b_1253009.html