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I would write a post of about a few hundred words debating on whether tablet computers are suitable for use at school in the next few days. What do you think about tablets? Are they good enough to replace textbooks?

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Good enough to replace textbooks? Sure, I don't see why not, in a technical sense; there are socio-economic reasons why they wouldn't, but, if electronic textbook prices were low enough, a student could definitely save in the long run, given the cost of paper textbooks (at the university level). I'd estimate that each year of my undergrad I spent about $800-$1200 on textbooks, many of which I never really even used for the course; if digital copies were, say $50, even factoring in the price of the tablet hardware, there could be significant savings for a student... and the hardware wouldn't really need upgrading through the duration of an average undergraduate degree. Not to mention the economic shifts that would potentially result from reducing the textbook trade... though it'd save a lot of trees, as new editions eclipse past editions and the book used this year is useless to students next year Razz

Tablets certainly offer extra flexibility for students, being light weight and generally powerful enough for keeping notes; most students don't require the power of a full sized laptop in their studies and social interactions. They would require a sensible interface and data storage system, however, one that works across devices and OSes.

The grade-school level is a bit different, culturally, and in terms of funding, so the situation is rather muddier there.
Ankhanu on Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:34 pm
My opinion would be a surprise. One would find out about my opinion when the essay is completely written. Thank you for your opinion.
twotrophy on Fri Mar 08, 2013 1:01 am
Makes excellent sense to me. Save trees at the cost of printers.
However, would not be good for the school considering the profits/kickbacks they make off books. Not to mention schools buying back used books and selling again at more profit.
standready on Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:25 pm
I'm not sure saving trees is necessarily better than producing tablets, environmentally. Tablets are made of mined metals and refined hydrocarbons, for the most part, which have a fair bit of environmental impact in their extraction and processing, and are constantly drawing electricity, which in many locations is produced by burning things... There would have to be some cost/benefit calculations on the go to get to the truth of the situation Wink
Ankhanu on Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:40 pm
I know that tablets are being used by all Faculty at the UAE University. They are presently developing a project to issue students with tablets as well. At the UAE Higher Technical Colleges all students have been issued tablets. A smart way to learn. Saving trees is probably a benefit, but not a conscious objective. Shared learning resources is the main objective.

The tablets are part of a shared learning network that is in the process of being established in the UAE in which there are partnerships between Universities and Technical Colleges and where mobile technology is playing a key role.

Here are some more articles:
Mobile Learning Technologies for 21st Century Classrooms

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education
deanhills on Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:22 pm
I guess that I am more open-minded after reading these comments about tablet computers. The main reason of my disagreement is that they are hard to use for education. Hopefully, tablets would be easier to use in the near future. It would only be a matter of time before digital gadgets replace textbooks in my opinion.
twotrophy on Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:09 am
Not to mention that carrying a tablet in your backpack is a thousand times easier than carrying a bunch of textbooks, workbooks, and notepads.
Forget the notepads part. I still prefer pen and paper note-taking over digital.
onebadpenny on Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:55 am
Tablets are good for basic lessons or quick research. However I do not think laptops or desktops will ever be fully replaced as they function completely to the use we needin computers. However I think tablets would be good for young teens to learn and pick up on some technica lessons.
TheLimey on Tue Apr 02, 2013 2:33 am

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