Textbooks Vs Tablets in schools Essay

1310 WordsNov 28, 20136 Pages
Textbooks VS Tablets Teachers are always assigning homework in the textbook and of course every student complains. Not only because they have homework, but because they have to lug home multiple textbooks. Many school districts have been trying to find a way to solve this complaint. What school board officials have come up with is replacing the textbooks with notebook computers or tablets. It is the 21st century, there is technology booming everywhere. However, converting the notebook computers might not be the greatest decision. School districts believe that switching out textbooks with notebook computers will have many benefits to it. As many know, students have complained about their back hurting from carrying multiple textbooks in…show more content…
Also, they will need to get Wi-Fi. Without that, no one can access their textbook or online work during school. And yes, students won’t have to deal with the weight of the textbooks anymore, but now they have to worry about finding certain cases or backpacks to carry their new tablet or notebook computer in. Not all backpacks are suitable to keep the laptop safe from harm. These harms can include theft, damage to tablet and many more. Theft is one of the biggest concerns. At the Miramar High School, they wanted to integrate technology into the curriculum for a project. (Gewertz). They issued out Apple iBooks to all of their students. 16 laptops were stolen; 10 by robbers, some armed with weapons, when the students were walking to and from school and 6 from inside the school when left unattended (Gewertz). With the massive storage of the tablets, it can be somewhat of a problem. Yes there will be a ton of storage but the student will feel tempted to download apps, games, and music onto the tablets. Transferring the teaching method from out of the textbook to laptops can be very distracting. Of course all electronic devices come with games or at least some application you can download. The Students will be able to access many apps including; games, email, social media, and instant messaging classmates (Hurst). Even without this change, students are already constantly on their phones texting or playing games during classes. Do we really want to have more distractions?
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