WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - Out of curiosity, Nicholas Dadario weighed his backpack last year when it was filled with textbooks for his high school freshman honors classes at Archbishop Stepinac High School.
It weighed 35 pounds.
That backpack is going to be much lighter this year. Stepinac in White Plains has become one of the first high schools in the country to drop all textbooks like dead weight and replace them with a "digital library." When students started classes Monday, they were zipping to an app or website on their tablet or laptop and had instant access to all 40 texts in the Stepinac curriculum, not to mention all sorts of note-taking, highlighting and interactive features.
"It's not only lighter, but you're mobile," said Dadario, 15. "You can bring your computer to your friend's house, wherever, and you're all set."