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Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?

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Sabrina Basra

on 10 December 2014

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Transcript of Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?

Tablets vs. Textbooks
Question of Research
Should tablets/e-books replace textbooks in K-12 schools?
Publishing for the K-12 market is an $8 billion industry. Three companies that fund it are McGraw Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Mifflin.
As the days go on, technology advances. For five thousand years people have used books to read, write, and learn. Now days we have smart phones, computers, tablets, and e-book readers that can do everything in one place.
Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?
To answer my question, schools should look into funding tablets or e-readers for kids. More kids will be interested in learning and find themselves to be more creative and work on their own pace. You can have all your subjects on one tablet including the homework, tests, and quizzes. By 2017, more people will demand the change of textbooks to some sort of tablet or e- book.
42% of U.S. Adults own a tablet
32% own an e-book reader
50% own one or the other
according to the Pew Research Internet Project by the Pew Research Center which informs public about issues, attitudes, and trends shaping the U.S. by providing factual satistics.
The idea of tablets is supported by most teachers
Lighter than textbooks
Improve on standardized test scores
Save the environment by lowering the amount of paper consumed
Digital textbooks are cheaper
Increased interactivity and creativity
Some students feel as they can perform better on deadline
Tablets contain technological features that cannot be found in textbooks
Can update e-books
Students will read more e-books than students who buy paper books
Expensive to fund
Distracting for some students
Easy to break
Outdated software as technology advances
Health risks:Eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision
Higher excuses for kids to not have their work done "My tablet froze Ms. Lucas!"
Costly WIFI networks
Enable students to cut corners or cheat on assignments and tests
Currently in 2014
Some Facts
Approximately 227 million tablets were shipped in 2013, and that number is projected to increase to 386 million by 2017.
The Arabs introduced paper into Europe via Spain.
And a study from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project found that more than 40 percent of students or teachers use some sort of tablet in their Advanced Placement and National Writing Project classrooms.
In the Fall of 2014, Mountain House High School are beginning to use laptops that are gave to each individual where 90% of their work will be done.
99,000 K-12 schools in our nation have spent $17 billion annually on instructional materials and technology.
Work Cited
"A History Of the Book." History of the Book. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014.
Kleinman, Alexis. "The Rise Of Tablets As Textbooks." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 06 Mar. 2013. Web. 12 Mar. 2014.
"The Digital Revolution and Higher Education." Pew Research Centers Internet American Life Project RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. <http://www.pewinternet.org/2011/08/28/main-report-17/>.
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Kirsch, Jesse. "As Schools Jump to Tablets, Questions Linger Over Impact on Writing and Reading Skills." NEA Today RSS. Twalker, 27 Jan. 2014. Web. 13 Mar. 2014.
Hilgedick, Kris. "Textbooks vs. Tablets: Schools Begin Exploring Transformation in Learning Tools | News Tribune." Textbooks vs. Tablets: Schools Begin Exploring Transformation in Learning Tools | News Tribune. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Mar. 2014.

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