Digital Textbooks in a Flash

My high school staff and I are considering using digital textbooks next year. One teacher mentioned a device he’d heard of that would allow the students to download the texts and take them home, but he can’t remember what it was called. Do you know anything about it?

A new USB drive called Cruzer Freedom ( may be what you’re looking for. Made by SanDisk, this 256 megabyte drive can be used to store files, but also comes with a proprietary technology called FlashCP. Students can plug the drive into an Internet-connected computer and access a special Web site from which they are able to download e-textbooks, teacher notes, reference tools, and other resources.

The technology is new, but has been piloted in several secondary schools that have moved to the use of digital textbooks. It would certainly be worth exploring.

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