Should laptops replace textbooks?

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Shamara (not verified)

I think schools our going

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I think schools our going over board with us carrying these heavy books!!!!!SOMEONE NEEDS TO PUT AN END TO THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Kerry Queen (not verified)

My daughter is a sophmore at

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My daughter is a sophmore at a high school in Omaha, Nebraska. Recently she missed several days of school due to illness. None of her classes had textbooks available to her as there are only in-classroom sets of books. The school computer system is constantly down in one capacity or another so she had no way to get computerized assignments. A book can be carried anywhere and used at anytime. Most textbooks contain glossaries and other information pertinent to but extra to the course of study. I shudder to think that people are moving away from a book in hand as one of the most vital educational tools. Is this a modern day version of Fahrenheit 451? My own home library contains 8,000 miscellaneous books. A book is a friend, a teacher, a guide and the best touchstone we have to connecting with unknown ideas. We can't afford to lose that companion. Computer systems have their limits, electricity goes out with startling regularity but a book is always waiting to be opened.
Eric (not verified)

I think that laptops should

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I think that laptops should be allowed in schools, because all the books combined equal the same amount of a laptop,so why not have laptops!
Margaret (not verified)

Laptops can save money by

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Laptops can save money by not buying text books every year. You can find information or have programs for each lesson you will need to learn. You might spend about $1,000 or $2,000 but when you use it can get to know it, you will know that it is what's best. If you are a child or an adult, you will have more experinced in technology.
sergio portalatin (not verified)

kids should have lab tops

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kids should have lab tops instaed of school books because you wouldnt have to carry school books around and the labtops would be at school at all time or you would have to go the library to check one out and if they didn't bring it back in time they would have pay a fee. and insted of paying for books all the time they could buy lab tops for each class and not have to have computer labs and the teachers would send a email to the kids computer at the kids school email adress they should have them at all schools arond the usa insted of school books.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton (not verified)

There will be a lot of

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There will be a lot of diverse views here. Think of the students who are in school systems where the book purchases take TEN years. That is the text books get purchased over time. Over ten years is a long time , there are some school systems that can afford to do them in five or seven years. Information is freely available and changeable and up to the minute on a computer. What is needed is tech support, a light computer, not too heavy, and taeachers who are well trained in the art of transformational uses of technology. Some students have been involved in technology programs, laptop initiatives where the staff continued to use books as well. You can understand their gripes. I like the idea that many used wheeled backpacks as we see the interns on Capitol Hill use, and other seasoned veterans of the use of laptops on a daily basis. My computer choice had a lot to do with the weight of the thing. That's terrible to say, but I got tender shoulders because I did not used the wheeled contraption at first. I am not sure why. I only hope that the students who have the laptops have enough memory, and teachers who have made the transition so they aren't piling on the laptop on top of books as well. Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Ilya Dubovoy (not verified)

As a former student in a

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As a former student in a school district that has implemented laptops (Henrico County), I can tell you with complete frankness that laptops are one of the worst ideas that has come out of American public education, and that's saying something! First of all, they do not replace textbooks, they only added more weight to our sagging backs! "Eliminate the heavy back pack" MY FREAKING LOWER BACK! It's rediculous! Most kids I knew spent more time in class playing games than using them productively. They even set up wireless networks to play Unreal Tournmament. The good teachers rarely used them, they would put on a show whenever upper-level bigshots came in too see the "success" of the new Apple I-Books we had. There were kids destroying them for fun (especially after they replaced the unhackable i-Books with cheap Dell laptops). If you think kids mistreat textsbooks, you wont believe what my friend did to his laptop. He and some buddies smashed it with a baseball bat and said it fell down the stairs at school! And don't even get me started on the pornography (yeah, much better replacement for that biology text)! Adults seriously underestimate the hacking abilities of the average modern teenager. I can understand the use of laptops in higher-education, where it would be totally voluntary, but issuing these things to the average middle and high-school student!
Whitney Selfridge (not verified)

Why eliminate one learning

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Why eliminate one learning tool when both can be used to provide multiple options for students? In an era where learning differences are being discovered and explored there exists a need to multiply the ways in which students can input information. Some children may prefer to hold a book in their hand and highlight with pen in order to soak up the right details, while some may need to use a mouse to highlight the screen. We should celebrate these alternatives rather than feel the need to pick one.
Marisa (not verified)

Yes they should because you

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Yes they should because you could get more informaion and understand stuff better if you had one. Plus it would be a lot easier to do research!!!!!
Gerald Hays (not verified)

there is no need to purchase

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there is no need to purchase laptops for all students when they could get their own; and would gather that half of the students own one now
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