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Long Live Paper - Justin B Hollinder

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Headlined to H4 10/11/12


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Mr Hollinder says: 'Secretary Duncan is threatening to light a bonfire to a tried-and-true technology, good old paper, that has been the foundation for one of the great educational systems on the planet. And while e-readers and multimedia may seem appealing, the idea of replacing an effective learning platform with a widely hyped but still unproven one is extremely dangerous.' There are few studies regarding the effects of digital learning, but as a teacher for 40 years, I know that tablet will never be able to duplicate the ease of turning a page to find a passage, or writing a note in the margins. 'Which, ' according to Hollinder,' brings us back to paper. With strength and durability that could last thousands of years, paper can preserve information without the troubles we find when our most cherished knowledge is stuck on an unreadable floppy disk or lost deep in the 'cloud.' '

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