Thursday, March 22, 2012

Times Are Changing

After 244 years, the Encyclopaedia Britannica is going out of print.
Those coolly authoritative, gold-lettered reference books that were once sold door-to-door by a fleet of traveling salesmen and displayed as proud fixtures in American homes will be discontinued, company executives said.

In an acknowledgment of the realities of the digital age — and of competition from the Web site Wikipedia — Encyclopaedia Britannica will focus primarily on its online encyclopedias and educational curriculum for schools. The last print version is the 32-volume 2010 edition, which weighs 129 pounds and includes new entries on global warming and the Human Genome Project.- Bosman 3/13/12

Further evidence of changes caused by the digital world. The graphic serves as a further reminder about the need to re-evaluate traditional school structures (scheduling, seat time = credits earned, A-F grading system).  The power of community can be fully realized and with that a new world of possibilities exists for schools.