The Tablet Based Textbook: An Iceberg Toward Dystopia

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The Tablet Computer: An Iceberg Toward Dystopia The textbook first appeared in the American education system in the late 1600’s in the form of the New England Primer. Dominated with religious content, the New England Primer was used as an introductory tool for reading instruction. As time progressed, more secular messages filled the pages of the book, and this shift in content paved the way for further textbooks, such as Webster’s American Spelling Book, and The McGuffey Reader. These books helped to revolutionize and equalize the American education system, and thus, textbooks have become a staple in a classroom setting. Roughly 350 years later, the educational landscape has changed drastically, yet one thing remains constant: the habitual presence of a textbook in a classroom setting. However, in the 21st century, the use of traditional textbooks is being challenged, as the technologically hungry nation pushes for the implementation of tablet computers as platforms for textbooks. The tablet computer industry, having recently become a dominant force in the consumer market, boasts its presence as a $35 billion industry. Their sleek design, large capacity, and innovative connectivity features make them a seemingly flawless replacement for paper textbooks. While a transition toward the use of tablet computers in place of printed textbooks seems like a natural step in increasing academic efficiency, upon closer examination, it is societally destructive, damages the quality of

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