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Open source textbook writing experiment in italian school

Mar 29, 2010, 23:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marco Fioretti)

[ Thanks to M. Fioretti for this link. ]

"Every year italian families must spend hundreds of Euros in textbooks for every child, while the cost limits set by the government are regularly violated in spite of denounces and warnings from consumer associations. In order to solve this problem, Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini proposed to deduce cost (and weight!) of textbooks by encouraging schools to adopt digital textbooks starting from 2011.

"This change, when it will actually happen, will surely lighten the load on the children backs, but not necessarily the one on their parents' wallets (Adiconsum, a consumer association, said that the savings could be as low as 10%). The reason is that those digital textbooks would still be protected by full copyright, therefore traditional editors may continue to ask whatever price they want for them.

"While Italy is merrily waiting the arrival of the "official", State-approved digital books, the Technical Institute and Scientific Lyceum "Enrico Fermi, a high school in Mantova, Northern Italy, is trying another approach that could be even more effective, explained by Principal Cristina Bonaglia and Professor Mario Cantadori."

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