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Schools are using more technology to educate students every day. Should textbooks also be digitized or should schools continue using physical textbooks?

Yes, tablets should replace textbooks. Show more Show less

Incorporating new technology into education can support students' learning and is more environmentally friendly in the long run, ultimately becoming a game-changer in education.
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Tablets and electronic textbooks are more affordable

E-learning is a growing trend, and discounts for educational purposes make devices more affordable for students.

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Apple and Microsoft, both of which are leading brands in the tablet/computer industry, have education pricing for their devices to support students and educators and to facilitate the incorporation of e-learning in classrooms. Many electronics stores and outlets also provide discounts for students as e-learning is becoming more widespread and normalized. Electronic textbooks are also much cheaper than traditional printed textbooks. According to Investopedia[1], the online version of a textbook can be up to 60% cheaper than its print equivalent, and if you already own a device to read it on, there would be no extra costs necessary. A quick price comparison on Amazon.com (e.g. "Economics" by McConnell, Brue and Flynn) shows that buying a new hardcover copy will cost $117.91, while the electronic version costs only $89.06. In the long run, when electronic textbooks become more popular in schools, electronic textbooks would prove to be a sustainable and affordable investment. Overall, tablets can be afforded by most families and is not simply a luxury to have anymore.

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  1. https://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0912/print-textbooks-vs.-e-textbooks.aspx

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