Last updated on: 11/20/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

NEW ProCon.org Website! – Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?

NEW ProCon.org Website!Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools? – Publishing for the K-12 school market is an $8 billion industry and tablets are a $35 billion industry in the United States. As tablets have become more prevalent, a new debate has formed over whether K-12 school districts should switch from print textbooks to digital textbooks on tablets and e-readers. Proponents of tablets say that they are supported by most teachers and students, are much lighter than print textbooks, and improve standardized test scores. They say that tablets can hold hundreds of textbooks, save the environment by lowering the amount of printing, increase student interactivity and creativity, and that digital textbooks are cheaper than print textbooks. Opponents of tablets say that they are expensive, too distracting for students, easy to break, and costly/time-consuming to fix. They say that tablets contribute to eyestrain, headaches, and blurred vision, increase the excuses available for students not doing their homework, require costly Wi-Fi networks, and become quickly outdated as new technologies are released. Our 44th website explores the pros and cons in the debate over tablets vs. textbooks in K-12 schools.