Technology: Tablets vs. Textbooks

786 WordsJan 31, 20183 Pages
Tablets vs. Textbooks A controversial issue around the world today is whether or not students should use tablets instead of textbooks for school. There are many different opinions because tablets cost less that textbooks, textbooks cause less of a distraction in the classroom, and tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks, homework assignments, quizzes and other files all on one device, which eliminates the need for physical storage of heavy books and classroom materials. Tablets cost 50-60% less than written textbooks. According to a 2012 report from the Federal Communications Commission, K-12 school districts spend more than $8 billion per year on textbooks. Each student can save up to between $250-$1,000 per year by upgrading to e-textbooks. Tablet prices also continue to drop, making them more and more affordable. On average tablets cost $489 in 2011, $386 in 2012, and are expected to cost $263 in 2015 (“Tablets vs. Textbooks”). Yet when tablets break it is costly and time consuming to fix them, whereas textbooks don’t break and don’t need to be fixed. Getting tablets in K-12 schools requires buying the tablet and the software, training teachers and administrators how to use the technology, and building a new wi-fi infrastructure (Schumacher). The costs for e-textbooks on iPad tablets are 552% higher than new print textbooks in an average high school. Lee Wilson, a well-known education marketing expert, estimated that the annual cost per student per class with
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