They are small and can find in any good sized bag and are quick to turn on for easy access. Also now that tablets are out of the testing state and are being upgrade to better quality and easier to navigate and learn, this would be a good time for schools to invest into tablets. Students already use cellphones in class so why not replace it with a tablet to keep them more involved in the class work and not their phone. Some schools have made the jump to one on one tablet experience and are doing very successful but schools administrators still see it as distraction and costly change. This is a real fear but it’s not true because with the right programs and motivation of students tablets can be a great saver in many areas.
How much better would it be for students to carry one tablet as opposed to several heavy books? Because of the ability to constantly customize, update and tailor learning, many schools are starting to go digital. Printed textbooks should be replaced by tablets for three main reasons: tablets increase student interactivity and creativity, they improve grades and responsibility, and provide students with more up-to-date information. Increase In Participation Tablets increase students interactivity and their creativity in the classroom. “When students use computers, it offers workplace-like situations that require independent, self-directed learning, thus preparing students with college and career readiness skills,” according to Doug Levin, SETDA’s executive director (Reiss).
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Schools should store away those heavy textbooks and make the switch to electronic tablets. Tablets would have many advantages over traditional textbooks; they provide a more enjoyable learning experience for students, they help students perform better in school, they would be more portable and they’re cheaper than regular textbooks. Using tablets in the classroom would make for a more engaging and enjoyable learning experience for students. Students want to use the latest and greatest technology that there is out there. This fact is also statistically proven; a schools.com survey shows that 71% of students would like to stop using traditional textbooks and go digital, whether it be through a tablet, a laptop or other electronic device(Lynch online).
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While some teachers think online books will help students learn better, other teachers think students will get distracted with e-books. Schools should transfer to e-books because they cost less, students do not have to carry as much weight, and they have more features. Print books can cost more than e-books; therefore, e-books can help save students money. McNeil stated, “a quick review of a textbook retailer will show that the online version of a textbook can be up to 60% cheaper than its print equivalent.” Schools can save a fortune by switching to e-books (10). All the money that is used on textbooks can be used to update the school or something else that the school needs.
Compared to textbooks, tablets are a much more cost efficient solution for the purpose they would serve. Digital books on tablet devices cost considerably less than print textbooks, mainly because the cost to print the textbooks would be factored into the price tag of the print version, while, on the other hand, being absent from the price of the digital books. For example, Discovery Education offers lessons on various devices including iPads and other tablets “branded ‘Techbooks’” (“Schools Shift”). These lessons are significantly cheaper than traditional print material. The lessons “run between $38 and $55 per student for a six-year subscription.
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