Pilot e-Text Program Launched at Stuyvesant

April 15, 2011 | CUNY Matters

CUNY has joined forces with IBM and the New York City Department of Education (DOE) in a pilot e-textbook initiative at Stuyvesant High School aimed at better equipping students to succeed in higher education and then in a global workforce.

In the trial program — which runs through the spring semester — a group of 102 ninth graders will test Kindle DX e-book readers to download text and supplemental materials for geometry, biology and social studies classes.

“This partnership with CUNY, IBM and the DOE takes aim at holding down costs and will offer students tools to better prepare them for college-level work,” said Allan H. Dobrin, executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of CUNY. “We want to work wisely with existing technology and leverage its use so that our students will benefit in the future.”

The cost of e-texts generally is about one-third that of traditional texts. The University also intends to generate revenue by developing K-12 e-texts plus supplementary materials that can be marketed to schools nationwide.

Students will be regularly surveyed to evaluate the initiative, which could be expanded to other schools.