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School days

Chalkboards are already endangered species in the classroom with smartboards becoming more commonplace, but there are still plenty of changes on the way. Intelligent software systems are expected to make learning more customized, with individual curriculums for students.

At the same time, the college textbook marketplace is being upended by companies like Amazon and Inkling, which provide electronic versions of textbooks. That not only eliminates the needs to carry the heavy tomes around, it can significantly lower costs—with some savings topping 80 percent.


Image source: Inkling