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A look back: December 2002.

Students walking hunched over in school hallways was a common sight in 2002. Surely the weight of academic pressures played a role, but the more concrete reason was one that plagued adolescents for generations: A backpack overstuffed with heavy textbooks. And bulky textbooks sometimes lack the educational quality that justifies the burden of lugging them, Managing Editor Angela Pascopella wrote in the December 2002 issue of DA.

Errors are difficult to correct in print textbooks, particularly science. Flat graphics and an overabundance of text was no longer enough to engage turn-of-the-century digital natives. The emerging alternative, e-textbooks, gave students the chance to click links to more information, watch videos and practice writing online. At the time, book publishers were just moving into the e-textbook market, and district leaders were hesitant to abandon the tradition of print texts--truly a far cry from the blended environments of today.

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Title Annotation:First Take; e-textbooks
Publication:District Administration
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2015
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