Although VitalSource Technology (a software based around ebooks that does not need internet access to be used) as it was presented at the conference could have many benefits for any student, it is currently more relevant for the university student in Jamaica. University students are required to have computer access and a rapidly increasing number of students own laptop computers or have home access to desktop computers. This makes their likelihood of utilizing such technology much higher than the average primary or secondary student. It will take quite a number of years before the secondary level student is able to benefit from such technologies. Also, most Caribbean secondary and tertiary textbooks are not available in the ebook format, but that may change very soon.
Vital Source Technology engages the student while reading their textbooks in a unique way. Forget typical study group senarios, reading aloud to friends before discussing the topic. Simply write digital notes in your books and share them with your classmates. Teachers can write notes and share them as well. So teachers, forget about the environmentally unfriendly and time-consuming paper hand-outs.
In short, there is no doubt that this type of technology would be beneficial to any student. The question: How long will it take for vitalsource technologies to become the student's standard method of textbook usage? Visit VitalSource's website for more information.