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Talk Back: Should Tablet PCs Replace Print Textbooks in School?

With the rising popularity of the Apple iPad and Google Nexus 7, should heavy print texts go the way of the buffalo?

Technology has changed a lot since many of us were in high school – from simple pocket calculators to phones that have more processing power than the Apollo spacecrafts that landed on the moon.

In just under ten years, wireless internet itself has expanded from a slow transfer rate and short range to transmitters that can spread the Internet to an entire office building with blazing speeds. Computers have gone from large, tower-based machines with bulky monitors to laptops and tablets that can fit in manila envelopes.

It's an amazing change of pace and with these changes, education has had to rapidly try to adapt. Many schools throughout Long Island are equiped with full-blown wireless internet access and the North Babylon School District will be expiramenting with iPads this year in younger classrooms.

Tablet PCs and eBook readers like the Amazon Kindle offer a wide range of possibilities through interactive textbooks, digital applications, light-weight and are enviornmentally friendly overall.

The drawbacks are numerous, of course – iPads cost $499 to start and even a basic Amazon Kindle is $79 while many textbooks are free as a part of the education system. The devices are sought after by everyone and sell well on the black market, which could make school children the targets of someone looking to make a buck.

We want to know what you think. Should schools start switching over to Tablet PC devices like the Kindle or iPad or continue using print textbooks?

Let us know in the comments below.

Tom M. August 24, 2012 at 04:35 PM
As long as the devices can be locked down so that the students can't sit on facebook or browse the internet all day it would be good. I as well as many other students have scoliosis from carrying many heavy books while in highschool. This would cut it down so student would only need to carry one small light book rather than many heavy books. I think this is a great idea. There are also many other benefits to having these devices such as software that could alert the office if a students leaves the building during hours.

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