Private schools in the U.S. will adapt to the electronic textbook study pattern from the upcoming session. Schools have issued iPads to incoming freshers to ease their burden of traditional bulky textbooks and heavy school bags.
Several other secondary and high schools in the U.S. have issued individual iPads to the upcoming students and introduced the electronic textbook study pattern for the students who will start the session now.
The iPad costs between $500 to $600 in the districts, and a large number of people are buying iPads for all purposes.
“More than 600 districts have launched 'one-to-one' programs, in which at least one classroom of students is getting iPads for each student to use throughout the school day. Nearly two-thirds of them have begun since July,” Yahoo News quoted Apple officials as saying.
Some educators feel that sleek, light-weighted tablet computers offer a variety of benefits to the students over the bulky textbooks, most of which are outdated by the time they are printed and delivered to the students. While the iPad enables them to use much more relevant and updated study material.
On the other hand, others argue that making iPads available in schools hinders the thinking process and mind development of the children as they can get everything done with just a click.
Working on the iPad is an easy way out. Children go to school to work hard and learn the things that will help them throughout their life, but with a digital device, there won't be a need to exercise the brain to solve any problem, or for homework.
Every child today has access to the best technology in and outside home, schools should be left out of this race as textbook study is also very important, argue educationalists.
No high-school student would deny an iPad, but it affects the reading habits of the child and will completely take off the textbook study pattern in future, they say.
Those parents and teachers, who are not against the shifting trend of traditional textbook study pattern to electronic, still have a voice in favor of traditional bound textbooks for their children, as it provides a comprehensive and long lasting learning unlike the digital devices.