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Textbooks vs. Tablets

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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).
Teachers are able to design, develop, and use materials they gather from online resources. It’s often time consuming for teachers but good for students (Álvarez). “I’m certainly not one who thinks technology is a silver bullet,” says Adam Frankel, executive director of Digital Promise. “If it is used well, it allows teachers and schools to personalize education. That is the dream of education, to help students be taught in the way they need to be taught” (Reiss).
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is deciding whether or not they should create a “Digital Literacy Corps” to help teach parents, teachers, students, and other community members computer skills (Reiss).

Improved Grades And Responsibility
Replacing print textbooks with tablets could improve students grades and increase responsibility. According to the U.S. Department of education and recent studies by the National Training and Simulation Association, using electronic devices can ...

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...-date information. Technology has advanced and become a major part of our world today. Adding this extra technology to our schools will further enhance learning, and pave the way for future generations to come. Teachers and students should begin working together immediately to bring this idea together.

Works Cited

Álvarez, Brenda. "As More Schools Embrace Tablets, Do Textbooks Have a Fighting Chance?" Neatoday. National Education Association, 31 July 2013. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
ProCon. "Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?" ProCon.org. N.p., 16 Jan. 2014. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
Reiss, Dawn. "Textbooks to Tablets." District Administration. N.p., Feb. 2013. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh- Online Division. "The Future of Education:Textbooks vs. Tablets." The Art Institute of Pittsburgh- Online Division. N.p., 8 Feb. 2013. Web. 26 Jan. 2014.
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