Webinar: Managing the Print-to-Digital Transition

Considering a move to digital content, but unsure where to start or, more importantly, how to pay for it? Education Week is hosting a webinar tomorrow (Tuesday Aug. 21) on how schools and districts are managing the transition from print course materials to digital ones.

Our guests will include Jay McPhail, the director of instructional technology for the Riverside Unified School District in California, and James Ponce, superintendent, of the McAllen Independent School District in Texas.

Facing major budget cuts, Riverside uses a hodgepodge of apps, digital content licenses, and free content in the classroom, provides a variety of devices to 12,500 of its students, and uses a “bring your own technology” approach for others. McAllen recently agreed to one of the largest K-12 iPad purchases ever, buying 27,000 of Apple’s tablet devices as part of a $20 million initiative to move its schools into digital instruction.

Our guests will discuss the tough decisions, real costs, and learning benefits of digital instruction, and take questions from the audience. For a primer on this issue, read my May story, “Educators Weigh E-Textbook Cost Comparisons,” which features both McPhail and Ponce.

The webinar is Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern time. You can register now and submit questions on our website.

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