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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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Using tablets will reduce the weight of students’ backpacks

One tablet can hold all the textbooks for different subjects.
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The Argument

A single tablet can hold several textbooks. By replacing textbooks with tablets, the likelihood of backpack-related injuries among children will decrease. On average, the weight of a student's backpack is between 12 and 20 pounds (15% to 30% of a student's body mass).[1] In 2016, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) claimed that more than 6,300 children aged 5 to 18 years old were sent to emergency rooms to address backpack-related injuries.[2] The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons advises parents to assist their children in preventing neck, back, and shoulder pain by limiting the amount of items in their backpacks. [2] Since the average weight of a tablet is only 1.75 pounds,[3] adding a tablet to a student's backpack will not increase its weight drastically. In addition to textbooks, tablets can also store countless files such as tests, quizzes, and homework. Students, therefore, will have less physical papers to carry, thereby decreasing the weight of their backpacks even further.

Counter arguments

The average tablet might weigh around 1.75 pounds, but this does not factor in the tablet's additional accessories, such as chargers, USB cables, keyboards, and carrying cases. Additionally, there are books that do not offer digital versions/copies for tablets, which makes tablets a less suitable choice for many schools and students.

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References

  1. <https://isminc.com/advisory/publications/the-source/stuffed-backpacks-how-much-weight-is-too-much#:~:text=The%20average%20backpack%20is%20estimated,in%20the%20neck%20and%20shoulders.>
  2. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/back-to-school-smart-tips-to-ease-the-load-of-kids-backpacks-300502257.html
  3. <https://www.ict-pulse.com/2011/06/laptops-versus-tablets-which-one-is-better/>

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