Should laptops replace textbooks?

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Jeannette Webber (not verified)

I'd like to maintain class

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I'd like to maintain class sets of textbooks--holding, reading, running fingers across pages are all important and valuable in learning and I don't see a clear advantage in replacing books. However, laptops for all students at some grade level have become necessary. One advantage probably not yet reviewed is that with laptops, textbooks will be less likely a weighted resource and considering the review and adoption and yes, politically correct driven censoring process, less "weight" figuratively on textbooks would be most welcome.
John (not verified)

The use of computers and

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The use of computers and related technology is a no brainer. The fact that ubiquitous 1:1 access is not the norm speaks to the total lack of a national agenda. The arguments and rational for the above have been published over and over. It is time to move this issue. However, the use of computers in the classroom must be accompanied by a pedagogy that maximizes student time on projects. Everything about school changes radically once an enlightened, real-world application of technology is integrated into the everyday life of a school (that is: beyond the present, unquestioned use of hardware and software in every school's business and guidance office). It's time to move! We are ten years behind most business and industry applications...In fact, most households are way ahead of most schools....As Alan November has stated over and over: 'Kids power down to go to school". It is unacceptable. JT.
K. Carrier (not verified)

Students currently get most

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Students currently get most information online, however very rarely do they actually READ anything. Instead they are looking for pictures and movies to get information. I can see a new age when textbooks become completely digital and include many pictures and movies (flash and digital video) to relay content. This can only be done through a computer or computer like device.
P. Smith (not verified)

I am all in favor of getting

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I am all in favor of getting rid of textbooks and getting laptops for all students. As it is, there is no more money for text books in MOST divisions. SO, since there's no money for texts, there would simply be no money for laptops, instead of no money for textbooks. It would appear to me that the CENTRALissue facing a good number of school divisions is financing. One cannot expect divisions which are impoverished to produce technologically advanced materials when they are not even producing the nineteenth century's materials for their students, because there is no money to produce ANY materials for the students. Money has to come from someone or somewhere. WHERE IS THE MONEY?
J Devine (not verified)

It makes perfect sense to go

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It makes perfect sense to go to laptops and replace those out-of-date textbooks. This would eliminate the heavy backpack students often carry around. Also, it would hopefully help students realize there is more than one source for learning. I think the textbook companies should go into the power point business to help teachers in the classroom.
Buffalo Bob (not verified)

We should deffinitley get

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We should deffinitley get laptops in school. There a great investment. Plus when your sick your missed work is posted on your laptop. AKBAR ALI is wrong THE END
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