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Should tablets replace textbooks?

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.

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.

Learning on tablets is better for the environment

Using electronic textbooks will greatly reduce the carbon footprint that the education sector makes.

Learning on tablets is more effective

Studies have linked the usage of electronic textbooks (e-textbooks) in studying with better academic performance.

Tablets make classes more flexible and interesting

Software designed for classroom use diversify the teaching and learning experience for teachers and students respectively.

Using tablets will reduce the weight of students’ backpacks

One tablet can hold all the textbooks for different subjects.

Tablets and electronic textbooks are more affordable

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

Tablets have more updated information

Some textbooks contain terms or information which has been disproven or removed from the curriculum since the publish date. Tablets would remove this issue.

No, tablets should not replace textbooks.

Tablets are a new technology and may be at times unreliable. Its versatility is also a weakness, and not all schools can accommodate such mediums of education.

Tablets can make students easily distracted

It is easy to switch to other non-educational tasks on a tablet.

Tablets are still expensive and not accessible to every student

Not every student can afford to use a tablet for school, and not all schools can provide subsidies for them.

Tablets cause digital eyestrain

Studies suggest that continued exposure to blue light over time could lead to damaged retinal cells. This can cause vision problems like age-related macular degeneration.

Tablets should be considered an optional alternative

To accommodate the needs and circumstances of every student, tablets should be considered optional and continue to be promoted as an ideal medium of instruction.

Students should be allowed to choose their preferred learning style

With newly introduced methods of learning and studying, preferences would be diversified as well.

Tablets should not be made mandatory for classroom learning

It is too early for schools to switch to electronic learning completely.

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This page was last edited on Sunday, 24 May 2020 at 09:18 UTC