Pro to the question "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?"
"Educators are challenged to satisfy the learning needs of today’s diversity of students while meeting the increasingly complex definition of what it means to be educated in the 21st Century... The digital textbooks envisioned will come in an ever-evolving variety of technological and instructional variations to meet diverse educational needs and interests. But they will all have in common digital devices with access to rich, interactive, and personalized content that will encompass the primary tool set in digital learning. No longer will students have to tote 50 pound backpacks with outdated print textbooks. New digital textbooks will be light digital devices – such as a laptop or tablet – that combine Internet connectivity, interactive and personalized content, learning videos and games, and other creative applications to enable collaboration with other students while providing instantaneous feedback to the student and teacher. Digital textbooks can revolutionize teaching and are not simply the digital form of static textbooks."
Co-written with Julius Genachowski, "Digital Textbook Playbook," fcc.gov, Feb. 1, 2012
Experts Individuals with PhDs or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the study of education or education technology. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the study of education or education technology.
Involvement and Affiliations:
US Secretary of Education, Jan. 20, 2009-Dec. 2015
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chicago Public Schools, June 2001-Dec. 2008
Recipient, Motorola Excellence in Public Service Award, Civic Federation of Chicago, 2008
Recipient of the following awards: the Niagara Foundation's Education Award, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship Enterprising Educator Award, and the University High School Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007
City Club of Chicago named him Citizen of the Year, 2006
Member, Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program, class of 2002
Director, Ariel Education Initiative, 1992-1998
Fellow, Leadership Greater Chicago's class of 1995
Former Board Member: Ariel Education Initiative, Chicago Cares, the Children's Center, the Golden Apple Foundation, the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, Jobs for America's Graduates, Junior Achievement, the Dean's Advisory Board of the Kellogg School of Management, the National Association of Basketball Coaches' Foundation, Renaissance Schools Fund, Scholarship Chicago, and the South Side YMCA
Recipient, Honorary Degrees, Illinois Institute of Technology, Lake Forest College and National-Louis University
Former Volunteer, Phillips Brooks House Association
BA, magna cum laude, Sociology, Harvard University, 1986