Vietnam introduces digital textbooks at select schools

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The Vietnam Education Publishing House (VEPH) has released the first computer tablet in Vietnam designed to replace traditional textbooks with digital ones in the nation's schools.

The Classbook, which has an eight-inch screen, contains all the information from textbooks used in primary and high school curriculums currently being administered to nearly 15 million students.

The country is running a pilot program that replaces textbooks with computer tablets at 400 schools in four major cities Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Da Nang.

Last year VEPH, the country's sole publisher of textbooks, set up the EDC Company to help it develop digital content for the devices per the request of the Ministry of Education and Training.

The tablet is equipped with more than 20 academic applications. Users can browse the Classbook Store for free downloads of reference books and other school-related apps.

According to ITCnews, both teacher's and student's editions of the Classbook are now available. The student version is limited to education-related sites and costs VND4.8 million (US$226.75) per unit.

The teacher's is sold only via orders placed by schools. Its price was not revealed.

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