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|The Sony Reader Touch Digital Book weighs much less than a stack of printed textbooks and uses none of the paper.|
|(cc) Erwin van der Zande|
Embracing the benefits of electronic reading, students at Blyth Academy are beginning the transition from using traditional printed textbooks to digital textbooks read on the Sony Reader Digital Book. Blyth Academy is the first high school in the world to announce that each student will be supplied with an e-Reader in place of printed textbooks.
From history class to political science, each student will have access to all of his or her course content using leading edge digital technology from Sony and publishers like Pearson Canada. The students will use Sony Readers that are pre-loaded with course textbooks, outlines, assignments, reference materials, background reading and personal timetables.
"My Sony Reader helps me get organized," said Michael Tyrrell, student at Blyth Academy. "I have all my textbooks and class material on it - it's really cool. I feel like somebody just personalised school to fit me."
Blyth Academy selected the Sony Reader Touch Edition because it's easy to use with intuitive touch screen navigation, and its open format provides students with access to content from numerous sources.
"We're excited about how the Sony Reader can enhance a student's learning experience," says Tim Algate, Reader Product Manager with Sony Canada. "We'll be listening to these students, using their feedback to evolve our Reader offering for education."
The school has compiled a library of digital content from textbook publishers like Pearson and other class material and literature in digital format. Blyth will give students access to digital assets for university admission, offering everything they need to chose and apply to any university.
"The digital content we've acquired, coupled with the students' Sony Readers, will dramatically improve student access to textbooks, collateral material, literature and reading in general," said Sam Blyth, Chair, Blyth Academy. "Our student survey shows that they are twice as likely to read a book available in an e-book format as in hard copy form."
Helping lead the way in delivering digital content for education are publishers like Pearson Canada. "Pearson Canada is taking students beyond the four corners of the printed textbook," said Anne-Marie Scullion, Vice President of Marketing Field Services, Pearson Canada. "Our focus is on developing flexible and adaptive content to engage students in a 21st century learning environment."
Students will also have access to more than half a million free e-books from Google through the Sony eBook store as well as the e-books offered by the Toronto Public Library.