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FOR THE BIRDS, AND MOSTLY THE CHILDREN TOO

Touchpad Predictions in Education

By 2015, more than 50 percent of children 15 and under will be using touchscreen PCs…2014, 25 percent of textbooks will be digital.

At the university level, digital textbooks are definitely in the near future. At public school level, not so much. Rest assured that if/when the day comes, any book sellers slow to e-convert will take the issue to fight.

In terms of touchscreen PCs, the quote is misleading. The cited prediction is based on PURCHASED PCs, not on all children under 15. Far from it, as few children under 15 will have purchased PCs in the near future.

Addendum, abstractly related:

In the longer run I expect “annotated” books will be available for full public review, though Kindle-like technologies. You’ll be reading Rousseau’s Social Contract and be able to call up the five most popular sets of annotations, the three most popular condensations, J.K. Rowling’s nomination for “favorite page,” a YouTube of Harold Bloom gushing about it, and so on. From Marginal Revolution

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