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June 06, 2010

E-textbooks and electronic blackboards to become normal in elementary and junior high schools

elecblack.jpegOver 30,000 public elementary schools and junior high schools will be equipped with electronic blackboards, and, according to a survey carried out by the Japan Book Publishers Association, over 50% of school textbooks will have digitalized versions for teachers to use on the blackboards by the beginning of the next academic year.

According to a report in the Daily Yomiuri: 'Digital textbooks-whose content can be displayed on an electronic blackboard-are expected to improve students' academic ability, but some observers wonder whether teachers will be able to get the most out of the high-tech devices and software. In the future, each pupil may get their own digital textbook, rather than just the teacher.

Pages of a digitalized textbook can be displayed on an electronic blackboard, and its characters, sentences and photos can be moved, shrunk or enlarged as desired. The ministry has been considering setting up a network of electronic terminals for teachers and individual student terminals that would have textbooks installed.'

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