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Tablets vs. Textbooks

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Nathaly Sanchez

on 6 February 2013

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By: Nathaly Sanchez Textbooks vs. Tablets Handhelds contribute to Computer Vision Syndrome, which causes eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes. People who use mobile devices have a higher chance of getting repetitive strain on muscles, neck pain, back pain, and shoulder pain. Also, one tablet requires the extraction of 33 pounds of minerals, 79 gallons of water, and 100 kilowatt hours of fossil fuels resulting in 66 pounds of carbon dioxide. Tablets Cost Money Extras: Health Problems Not Every Student Can Afford a Tablet Additional Costs Students Learn Better With Textbooks Tablets cause too many distraction in classrooms. With textbooks you don't have to worry about students checking their email, or playing games, or going on websites instead of doing their work. Right now, students rely on teachers to teach them everything they need to know. With tablets, there is now apps and websites where students can be taught by their devices other than their teachers, probably lowering the amount a teacher is paid. If you have a tablet, you might as well be home schooled if you are getting your knowledge from a recording on a device than a living person in a classroom. Students Comprehend More With Textbooks The brain interprets printed and digital text in different ways. People generally read digital text 20-30% slower than print. According to a technology writer, Nicholas Carr, studies show that by reading digital text it increases the brains' working memory and lowers the ability to store information and translate the material into something you can remember. Tablets also give students bad habits like grammar. With technology, every word you type wrong is corrected instead of figuring out how to spell it yourself. Soon students won't even know how to write properly if they have technology they can rely on for grammar. Tablets Increase Cheating With tablets, students can easily avoid reading and analyzing texts on their own because they can easily look up the passages and answers online. If students had textbooks, they would have to read the story their selves and actually learn something while doing it. Also, tablets increase the number of excuses for students not doing their homework. Like, "the tablet broke/froze," "I forgot the tablet at home so i can't do my schoolwork today," and "I couldn't find my charger." And, students can easily message their friends and ask for answers on something they are working on. Tablets usually cost around $100 to $500 dollars per student, and then you have the additional cost for the e-books needed for each grade. Textbooks cost about $75 per book. Even if you have to pay for the new updated textbooks, the old ones still hold the basic information students need to learn. Right now, in 8th grade, students are responsible for 3 books, which is $225 per student. If you buy tablets, you are just adding an extra few hundred dollars for each student, every year. Unless the students are required to buy their own tablets, while the school is responsible for the e-books, which then goes into another problem. Many families may be having some problems paying their bills and need every penny they can get. Putting an extra $100 or more to their bills is not something they can afford. Tablets require the use of internet, some people don't have available internet access at their house. The only way they could get internet is at school, but they need it for homework so then they would have to go to their local library and do it there. But then they would have to waste their gas going to the library every day. If you have actual textbooks at home, there wouldn't be a problem with homework not being done. There will always be technical problems included with tablets. What if you're in school and all of a sudden your tablet crashes or freezes while you're doing your work in class and can't fix the issue quickly. Tablets can also be hacked and broken. It costs money to fix your tablet and you usually won't get it back for a few days. A textbook can be fixed with tape and glue in a few minutes and you can continue with your work. With tablets comes battery life. A tablets average battery life is 7.26 hours, and will need to be charged every day. Also, what if the charger stops working. You would then have to go to the store and buy a new one. And, it is most likely for a tablet to be stolen over a textbook.
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