The following is my column that will appear in the Mt. Vernon Gazette, The Mt. Vernon Voice and Patch in the week of December 2, 2013:
These systems range from relatively static electronic books like you can find on a Kindle all the way to fully interactive learning systems with embedded video, links to external content, and interactive homework modules with extra questions for student struggling with specific concepts.
It is also virtually impossible to find a well-paying job in today's world that does not require computer literacy. Performing car repairs or running a cash register requires digital literacy.
In late 2012, I attended a Mt. Vernon District Education Town Hall Meeting. The crowd was largely upper middle class and not diverse. Many parents were unhappy about the functionality of new online textbooks deployed in the 2012-2013 schools year by Fairfax County Public Schools. I was familar with these systems because my third grader is even now doing her math homework using an "electronic textbook."