Saturday, April 14, 2012

Schools are Switching Textbooks for iPads: Good for Education or Unnecessary Expense?

April 09 2012 / Jennifer Williamson 

Approximately 600 school districts have transitioned from traditional textbooks to the iPad—and the change may soon be coming to college campuses. Proponents of the iPad in schools claim a range of benefits—from lowered costs to less strain on students’ backs. But is the iPad really a good replacement for a textbook? Here’s a look at the pros and cons.

The iPad Advantage

They’re more portable


You don’t have to charge an iPad during the day


Access to a wide range of learning resources

Where the iPad really excels is in its role as a device for information consumption. Instead of simply reading a textbook, students can take in the e-textbook, online libraries and resources, news sites, and more—all with an easy click. [snip].

More room in schools

With iPads for every student, schools won’t have to maintain distinct computer labs—freeing up space in many crowded schools. However, it should be pointed out that iPads work much better as personal devices than as shared ... .

It makes students more computer-literate


Drawbacks of iPads in a Classroom Setting



There’s a learning curve


It’s difficult to type on an iPad


The availability of textbooks is still small


While a few primary and secondary school districts have made a transition to the iPad, the device is still not ubiquitous on college campuses. However, that may change—especially if administrators can find ways to cut costs by using the iPad. The technology has the potential to make some things easier in the classroom—but educators should also be aware of its limits.

The textbook. Reinvented for iPad.-

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