Should laptops replace textbooks?

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English Teacher for Freshmen, Classical Mythology and College Writing

I agree/disagree - not laptops - iPads!

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I have a classroom set of 34 iPads thanks to a local textbook business who placed them in the high school English classroom to see how they might be used - and YES they are loaded with ALL of our English texts. This is absolutely the future; the drawback is that because they are shared between 4 classes I cannot send them home with students and belive me - they want to take them home. So we use the text as backup - students take them home and keep them there and we use the iPads in the classroom. Huge benefit for readers who need vocabulary support: iBooks and Kindle books allow students to hold a finger on an unknown word and immediately get a definition - no more feeling self-conscious in seeking a dictionary. Also there are note features and highlight features. Students can make text larger for easy readability . . . I could go on. But they do NOT have the issues that laptops do - fewer moving parts to break down, no viruses (as of yet), immediate updates to all apps, etc. Plus they showed me a chemistry textbook that was simply unbelievable - illustrations can be seen three dimensionally - students can turn them over and side to side to look at something. Wow! Toss the laptops - go for the iPads!

8th Grade Social Studies

Hybrid Textbooks

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Why not have the Federal Government gather resources from all the largest tech firms to produce a school specific laptop that mirrors the structure of a textbook (like two Ipads hinged together. Then make it a priority to get one in the hands of each student. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to address curriculum on a national level by sending mass updates to each student laptop.

PTA President; Education Advocate; Media Literacy Trainer

I like the idea of tablets

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I like the idea of tablets being used, iPad like devices, with apps and such. Tablets seem easier to control in terms of content and activity students can engage in - more focused!

Laptops should replace

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Laptops should replace textbooks for a variety of reasons - paperless content, more information from multiple sources on a topic, accessibility issues as discussed by many who have commented. Money and proper teacher training seem to be a big issue. If we lobby for money, we had better have a plan to properly teach teachers how to use and teach the technology. Laptops can be one tool to take education into the 21st century - how profound would that be? But, teachers need to be taught the use of the tool and how to have students use it to their advantage.

After School care at the Austin Discovery School (Challenge School)

Computer books can help, but...

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Some textbooks should remain in the classrooms. Books have experience in them. Holding, touching things is important. 3 dimensionality is important.

I agree this carrying around so many heavy books is a nightmare for our children, so lessons and homework has to be rethought, but never give up physical books... Add computer books...

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i think we should have laptops so we can download our books instead of carrying around books around the schools everyday. if we had laptops our arms wouldn't hurt as much. then we would be able to do more work in class then what we are now.

Taylor Bryant (not verified)

Laptops Vs. Traditional

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Im a high school student and i lug around heavy textbooks all the time. I believe it would be better for us(Nationally or Global) to replace textbooks in schools with laptops. One reason is because you dont have to replace and replace and replace them all the time. You get your one chance buying time and you wont have to replace it for years to come. Schools help fund textbooks. Why not laptops? It costs more, yes. But look at what is being given out now in the nation? Look at everything thats being funded while our education system is being ignored as it slowly fades into nothing. It would be nice for a change and it could help otheres out there. More people could excel better with laptops than books. Take a gander at most of the people in the nation. How many DONT use a computer? How many DONT use the internet? You dont see many at all. Practically everyone knows how to use "a" computer. Text books are a thing in the past. Now this isnt subjecting to getting rid of library books. Just the way we are taught in class. It would help the "load" on everyone's back and more people could possibly be intersted instead of going back to the old "glossary" or "index" to find something. Everyone loves to surf it up on google. It just makes more sense to me and to alot of my fellow friends in class. Everyone should try to think it over and accept the good and the bad things that come out of it. Money is the "marjor" thing that affects it. Also keeping the computer up and running and up to date. But those can be compromised of course with a little thinking.
-Peace.And.Love

Amarissa (not verified)

Laptops Vs. Books

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I am doing a project for my school to see if laptops would be better to use then books and I need some information for school so if you could please tell me something it would be appreciated.
Thank you.

Linda (not verified)

Formatting content

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For laptops to work, content authors and publishers would need to learn how to format in landscape. I took a few online courses and had to print the most of the online papers, since it was difficult to read multicolumn, portrait formatted papers on-line. At work I use a rotating monitor for reading technical material.

Making the material accessible also should be required.

Aaron (not verified)

Well maybe if children

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Well maybe if children actually knew how to use a computer properly these problems wouldnt occur. Working a computer is becoming more and more of a prerequisite in our digital age. I think it should be a required that children should be taught about the inner workings of a computer along with the GUI. The people who are always complaining about viruses are the ones who dont know how to use a computer properly. I also believe that if laptops are to be used in K-12 that family should be the ones who buy them, simply because people treasure items owned more than items they borrow.

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