Tablet vs. Textbooks

BY: JESSICA MIRANDA

Pros

  • Tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks on one device, plus homework, quizzes, and other files, eliminating the need for physical storage of books and classroom materials.
  • Tablets contain many technological features that cannot be found in print textbooks.
  • Tablets lower the amount of paper teachers have to print for handouts and assignments, helping to save the environment and money.
  • Students who own tablets purchase and read more books than those who read print books alone.
  • Files on one tablet can be downloaded onto any other tablet, increasing flexibility and convenience for teachers and students.
  • On a tablet, e-textbooks can be updated instantly to get new editions or information.

Cons

  • Print textbooks cannot crash, freeze, or get hacked.
  • The average battery life of a tablet is 7.26 hours, shorter than the length of a school day.
  • Tablets increase the number of excuses available for students not doing their schoolwork.
  • People who read print text comprehend more, remember more, and learn more than those who read digital text.
  • Many students do not have sufficient home internet bandwidth to use tablets.
  • A broken tablet requires an experienced technician to fix, which can be costly and time-consuming.

Opinion

I believe that tablets should not replace textbooks. There are many more contreversals than the ones I mentioned above, but the main reason I think this is because students will start depending more and more on technology. In my opinion, technology creates lazy people. Yes I believe technology is a great thing and i love it, but when it comes to eductation I don't think it will be a good thing.