Tablets And Online Textbooks Vs. Traditional Textbooks

1083 Words May 19th, 2015 5 Pages
Financially, it is more beneficial for districts to purchase tablets and online textbooks compared to traditional textbooks. In order to use school budgets most efficiently, it is vital that funds are directed towards the most resourceful items for the students. As the state funding for public schools decreases, this becomes a more prominent concern. Tablets provide a simple fix to the need of a modern, cost saving solution. According to one resource, the average textbook costs $70 each, verse a 6 year subscription that costs between $38-$55 for an online textbook (Elliot, 2013). This shows that online textbooks are more cost effective, not only in the long run, but at the time of purchase. The online versions of textbooks are less expensive because there is not physical material being purchased, whereas traditional textbooks require paper and ink to be produced. Simply using the tablets for textbooks alone will save districts approximately $15-32 each time a textbook is purchased. For example, tablets cost between $200 and $600 per student, and provide a plethora of resources (DeNeen, 2012). Although this cost may seem like a lot up front, if the amenities are taken into consideration, it is more cost effective. For example, a camera alone would cost only a small amount less than a full tablet that includes a camera which could be used to document class projects or experiments for later reference. Tablets are also equipped with free calculators, allowing school…
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