Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

<<Tablets definitely need to replace all textbooks in k-12 schools. Comment if you want the link to any evidence>>

1. Storage

Tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks on one device, plus homework, quizzes, and other files, eliminating the need for physical storage of books and classroom materials.The average tablet contains anywhere from 8 to 64 gigabytes of storage space. On the Amazon Kindle Fire, for instance, 1,000 books take up one GB of space.

Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

2. Expense

E-textbooks on tablets cost on average 50-60% less than print textbooks. K-12 school districts spend more than $8 billion per year on textbooks. E-textbooks can save schools between $250-$1,000 per student per year. Tablet prices also continue to drop, making them increasingly affordable. Tablets cost on average $489 in 2011, $386 in 2012, and $263 in 2015.

Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

3. Prepares Students for a Technological Future

Tablets help students better prepare for a world immersed in technology. Students that learn technology skills early in life will be better prepared to pursue relevant careers later in life. The fastest growing and highest paying jobs in the United States are technology intensive.

Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

4. Environment

Tablets lower the amount of paper teachers have to print for handouts and assignments, helping to save the environment and money.A school with 100 teachers uses on average 250,000 pieces of paper annually. A school of 1,000 students on average spends between $3,000-4,000 a month on paper, ink, and toner, not counting printer wear and tear or technical support costs.

Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

5. Makes Learning Easier

81% of K-12 teachers believe that tablets enrich classroom education.

Tablets help to improve student achievement on standardized tests. Students who used the iPad version of an experimental scored 20 percent higher on standardized tests versus students who learned with traditional textbooks.

Tablets contain many technological features that cannot be found in print textbooks.Tablets give users the ability to highlight and edit text and write notes without ruining a textbook for the next user. Tablets have a search function, a backlighting option to read in low light, and a built-in dictionary.

Tablets allow teachers to better customize student learning. There are thousands of education and tutoring applications on tablets, so teachers can tailor student learning to an individual style/personality instead of a one-size-fits-all approach.

Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

5. Speed

Tablets help students learn more material faster. Technology-based instruction can reduce the time students take to reach a learning objective by 30-80%.

On a tablet, e-textbooks can be updated instantly to get new editions or information.Schools will not have to constantly purchase new hardware, software, or new physical copies of textbooks.

Files on one tablet can be downloaded onto any other tablet, increasing flexibility and convenience for teachers and students. E-textbooks and other files can be stored on "cloud” servers and accessed on any equivalent device. Users can sign into an account on a different device and access all of their information.

Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

6. Motivation

Students who own tablets purchase and read more books than those who read print books alone. The average tablet-owning US student reads 24 books per year on a tablet compared with 15 in print for those who do not own a tablet. Interactive diagrams and videos increase student creativity, motivation, attentiveness, and engagement with classroom materials.
Using a tablet is so intuitive that it makes learning fun and easy.

Tablets Should Replace Textbooks

Thanks for reading thus far. I'd like to apologize for a couple of Takes I've written. I know I have very controversial opinions and some aren't appropriate for this kind of site. I do see that I have somewhat of a responsibility now. I'm also including evidence and not just opinions lol! ( :


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  • Great thinking. Agreed. The only negative that comes to mind at the moment is the amount of time spent staring at a screen. Need to wear special glasses or use a blue light filter to protect eyes.

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    • yeah, something like that. I'm sure we'll find a way around it. Glasses like you mentioned, or more likely, different screens.

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  • All pretty good reasons, but I think the main concern is eye strain.

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  • I don;t know how it is in america, maybe it could work there, but here in my country books from schools and libraries are usually quite old and bought at discount, when a new edition is released, so the price they buy at is almost always way under the market price. Many books are quite old as well and so its not exactly destroying the environment as much as you think. Also from an environmental aspect, tablets and other new electronics being produced require many rare and toxic metals, which are not only difficult and costly to recycle but also a greater waste of energy than reprinting books from recycled paper.

    Tablets and ebooks as a whole are not yet ready to replace physical textbooks or come to mainstream adoption, here for several reasons.

    1. Existing competition in the form of laptops which have succesfully marketed themselves as a higher utility product.
    2. Cost of replacement and the loss expenses in the case that a tablet is stolen, also environmental damage of electronic recycling vs paper recycling.
    3. Distracting for younger people.
    4. Cost vs convenience of ownership.

    Mainly it is reasons 1 and 2, the initial cost and replacement liability - tablets can and will be stolen on mass once they become widely available in public spaces as they are electronic devices and have a wider potential utility for anyone looking to use them. Just look at catalytic converter theft in south america - for those who don't know, thieves stealing car part with rare metals such as platinum to sell to recycling plants. So tablets vs books, books so far are still cheaper and less risky in this aspect compared to tablets which hold a greater liability.

    Secondly is individual use and existing competition - if we;re talking about schools and libraries having public use tablets shared among children then that is OK, but for the individual student studying at university level, it may not be so useful as laptops are already the status quo and have a greater utility than tablets.

    Tablets CAN hold more yes, but for most uni students you only need one set of textbooks, with public or university laptops for research or e-learning.

    For many, in terms of personal use, it is cheaper, simpler and more convenient to buy a single textbook, at most $50, and a udemy course at roughly $10-20, get a university laptop or public library computer than to have to buy yourself own a $500 tablet.

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  • Awesome idea, sadly it cuts to deeply into the profit margins of the textbook manufacturers. And they donate a lot of money to local, state and national political campaigns.

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  • Good luck getting text book companies to give up selling their overpriced books. There just too much money at stake for them to just give it up unfortunately

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  • Very good take and good points (though I still love physical books)

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  • Eye strain, students watch porn or browse social media. It is way to easy to skip the firewall

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  • Yeah, and then they spend the day on social media, playing games, or surfing the web. Sorry but it is being done and it's not working.

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    • schools can restrict certain websites and apps. Also, their usage of tablets can be monitored. Plus, i think these benefits outweigh that because spending the day doing useless things on the internet already happens not gonna lie

    • They did this in L. A., passing out tablets or laptops (forget which) to students, with restrictions set up as to what websites and apps they could access. Within 3 days, the hack to turn off restrictions had been found and distributed among the students. Savvy students know far more about such things than the administrators in charge.

    • i'm sure if this became national then of course the restrictions would be of better quality. But yeah, you make a good point

  • Double-edged sword in my opinion.
    While you would save up for storage & getting the most up to date textbooks... There are a ton of disadvantages too:

    - It puts more pressure on the IT-department. To keep everything up to date in terms of tech, to keep everything working...
    - It won't reduce the footprint of nature since tablets and such still need to be made as well.
    - It isn't helpful for the lower income families
    - Looking at a screen all day for a long time is bad for your eyesight, which recent studies are showing
    - It will put also additional pressure on teachers to keep themselves up to date with the latest tech instead of only teaching kids.
    - It will put teachers who are bad with computers & tech at a huge disadvantage.
    - ...

    Personally, as an IT-guy, I'm not in favor. There are just a bit too many negatives right now compared to the positives.

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  • As a first hand witness, I say no.

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    • The most important reason for me is because the teacher can't watch every student's screen at all times and many of the students frequently mess around doing things with the technology they aren't supposed to do and aren't on task.
      Giving a student the book version of the same work, I am able to monitor their activity (or lack of) much easier.
      The second reason is that the tech has to keep being upgraded every few years to be compatible with the newest stuff available. They just got the new touch screen chromebook/tablets that were $600 per student and the black box/charging station. They also had to get $25 headphones for each student too. The programs still don't have all the required materials so some books are required too.

      They are useful, especially for programs like quiziz where the students all compete in real time with it displayed on the whiteboard, but books are still needed a little more than half the time for a good education.

  • definitely not

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  • Nice

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  • I agree totally with all of this.

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What Girls Said 1

  • What about our health? It is bad for our eyes and also gives radiation.

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