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Coming Attractions: Interactive Textbooks

KEN KOEDINGER:  These kind of technologies, I think are the textbooks of the future.  We will not just sit there and read passively, but be able to test our ideas and get feedback about whether those ideas are right and wrong, and that kind of interactivity is what makes learning really powerful and it makes it more fun and more interesting.  We can track all of that, too, in a way that, you know, one of the visions I have is that we won’t need to have these two-hour high stakes tests because our understanding of what students know and don’t know will be much richer from their years’ worth of interaction with these technologies, right, and we’ll be better able to say to the students and their parents and their teachers and so forth what it is they know and don’t know, where are their strengths and where are their weaknesses, and that kind of online assessment, it’s really powerful, and it will advance the science and technology base as well.