Marking a major diversion from the oversized, often dry, and usually outdated traditional textbooks used in school classrooms, online textbooks with electronic content and tools are being piloted in school districts nationwide. Diverse districts say digital texts are the future;” a recent eSchoolNews headline declared, "living textbooks" are part of 21st century learning!”

“Colonial Disease in the Americas” is the subject of this online student-created classroom text. We hope that this resource of information, images, and other media on this important topic can serve as an useful source of information.