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Follow Florida's Lead: Why More States Should Switch to Digital Textbooks in Schools Now

All of Florida's public schools will switch to digital textbooks by 2015. Yes, it sounds expensive, but other states should be following suit.

It seems like digital textbooks have been the next big thing for years, but, with a few isolated exceptions, they haven't exactly been embraced by schools. That's about to change in Florida thanks to the gutsy passage of a law requiring all public schools in the state to make the switch to e-textbooks by the 2015-16 school year. Critics are a bit freaked out over this decision because education budgets are already tight and e-readers aren't free. But it's about time school districts make the move.

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Ark Collective Uses TOMS Shoes Model to Give Away Backpacks

The Ark Collective will give a backpack to needy student for every backpack you buy. It's a total copy of TOMS Shoes, but who cares?

A good day at school starts with good preparation, and good preparation often starts with very basic things like being able to carry all your books and supplies. The backpack company Ark Collective noticed that many children in America were having problems getting ready for school simply because they couldn't properly carry their things, with some resorting to easily torn grocery bags. And so the California-based business is doing something to change that.

No doubt inspired by the great success of TOMS Shoes, the company that donates a pair of shoes to a needy child for every pair sold, Ark Collective will now give away a free backpack to a student in need for every backpack sold to the public. It's a simple idea that can go a long way: In 2009 alone, TOMS gave away 300,000 pairs of shoes to kids who might otherwise go without.

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