Yes, coursebooks will no doubt go digital sooner than we expect. El País, Thursday 3 of June (Andalucía, 4) has an article on the fact that the Junta de Andalucía is going to experiment next academic year with using digital coursebook in schools which have more experience using technology (“en quinto y sexto de Primaria y en las de primero de Secundaria, los cursos en los que ya estará implantado el programa digital Escuela TIC 2.0). This is billed as an experiment and one of the main aims is to reduce costs. Let’s see what happens and what happens on the English front. I suspect that in the end the question of how best to teach with digital course books may not ultimately be that different from how to teach well with paper-based coursebooks. The challenge remains one of teaching, not just of using materials, whatever shape and form they may be delivered through.
Digital of course!