07/01/2011 09:48 am ET | Updated Aug 31, 2011

No More Textbooks: Technology Replacing Hefty Books

Many college campuses have taken new technology into the classroom as professors have found innovative uses for new gadgets, making learning cool.

K-12 schools are picking up the trend. Just to name a few, Brooks-DeBartolo Collegiate High School students in Florida will be toting Kindles in the fall, and Bayonne High Schoolers in New Jersey will have Apple iPads in their bags.

And now, elementary school students will have learning gadgets of their own: Eight elementary schools in Rapides, La. will introduce "techbooks" in lieu of textbooks in science classes. The "books" will allow teachers to use videos, sound effects, quizzes and other tools to engage their students.