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Tablets v. Textbooks Argument Presented on New Website

on November 20, 2012

Newer tablets and paper textbooks face off on a website launched Tuesday, Nov. 20., a nonprofit public charity, created the tablets and textbooks website to promote critical thinking about the issue. It presents the arguments for tablets with digital textbooks and against them, sprinkled with facts.

Here's a sample of some of the pro and con arguments:

Pro Tablet

  1. Tablets help students learn more material faster.
  2. 81 percent of K-12 teachers say "tablets enrich classroom education."
  3. Tablets hold hundreds of textbooks on one device, along with homework and files.
  4. E-textbooks on tablets cost on average 50 to 60 percent less than print textbooks. 

Con tablet:

  1. Handheld technological devices including tablets are associated with a range of health problems.
  2. Using tablets is more expensive than using print textbooks. That's because schools have to purchase tablets and digital textbooks, upgrade their infrastructure and train educators.
  3. Tablets have too many distractions for classroom uses.
  4. People who read print text comprehend more, remember more, and learn more than those who read digital text.

The website includes more than 45 data points with links so that readers can check out the research and facts themselves. It also contains videos and charts.

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on Nov 30, 2012
on Feb 5, 2013
why do all of these types of cites get their info from!?!?!
on Dec 11, 2013