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Textbooks out, technology in?

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Gone are the days of pencils, paper, notebooks and dog-eared textbooks. Schools across the U.S. and beyond are embracing new methods of teaching through technology and offering glimpses into the future.

One school in Boston, Massachusetts gives students a laptop at the start of each day. Classwork is done in Google Docs, or Apple’s iMovie and special educational software like FASTT Math. Teachers and students maintain blogs, and staff and parents chat over instant messaging.

Students at a school in Tokyo use the Nintendo DS consoles to learn English, with sessions on vocabulary, penmanship and comprehension.

What do you think of technology’s role in schools? Will students learn better this way? Will textbooks and old-fashioned methods become obsolete? Share your thoughts.

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