Common Sense for the Digital Age

It’s time for a short history lesson.

In 1776, America was divided about whether independence from British rule or reconciliation was the right thing to do. As a result, Thomas Paine anonymously wrote and published “Common Sense.” In this publication, Paine laid out, in plain English, why independence was the best path. Through “Common Sense,” Paine was able to convince the colonies that independence, not reconciliation was the answer to their pains.

In 2012, our nation faces a struggle of a different nature. This one is being fought in the classrooms. While possibly not as momentous of a fight, today’s schools are fighting to include technology in their classroom. While many people see it as the way of the future, many others don’t see the benefit of technology in education.

In order to state their case, one classroom created a new version of “Common Sense,” and titled their argument “Common Sense for Kids.” As is fitting of the digital age we live in, the class is presenting their case to the nation through video instead of a written pamphlet. Watch their video below to hear why they believe digital textbooks are the Common Sense issue of the day.

What started as a persuasive writing assignment for the students in this class, has transformed into a Common Sense movement for digital textbooks. What can you accomplish with video in your classroom?

For those of you who agree with these students the etextbooks are the future for schools, the MediaCAST Mobile Learning Content Manager is a great way to manage etextbooks. With the ability to easily send and retrieve etextbook licenses to student iPads, you’ll never have to worry about a missing textbook again

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