For One Conn. District: Textbooks Out, iPads In

Monday, February 4, 2013

Glastonbury (Conn.) Public Schools is the latest district to roll out a plan to provide iPads to its 2,200 high school students—and it is only the first step to significantly reduce textbook costs and focus on providing a 21st-century learning environment for its students.

“Right now we’re targeting a 25 percent reduction each year in our expenditures of textbooks until we get to a point where, hopefully, we can eliminate all textbooks,” says Brian Czapla, Glastonbury’s director of educational technology. “We do think it’s a possibility and we’re confident we can achieve that in three to four years.”

During initial research to replace the district’s one high school’s technology, Czapla says that a survey taken last year found that 73 percent of their high school teachers stated that non-textbook resources, like the internet, self-created resources, and digital subscriptions, were their primary resources in the classroom, compared to just 27 percent of teachers who stated textbooks were. The 27 percent, Czapla says, is still a significant number, but those teachers also stated they do not always use the textbook cover to cover.