I was reading this article about the technology of the iPad and how Apple is making educational apps, books, and games more available for academic use. What do you think?
What if all of our textbooks were digital, and all we needed to carry around was our iPad? How would that change the way we learn? Suppose the new “digital textbooks” provided interactive resources, such as videos and games, to coincide with the text? Would that be helpful, or distracting?
I know there are a lot of debates and contrasting opinions on ebooks and reading books digitally. (Discussion on that coming soon to Nerd Quirks).
But as far as reading textbooks (and only textbooks, not considering books for fun or leisure) digitally, what do you think?
You wouldn’t have to carry around all the heavy textbooks in your backpack, teachers and students wouldn’t have to replace books for vandalism or damages, students wouldn’t be able to say they “forgot their book at home”, and their textbooks for all classes would be available at all times (possibly making doing homework while traveling or during downtime a bit easier).
Any interactive additions to the text would be refreshing to the learning process. It would be a new way to look at things, and snap many students out of the “I’m reading this, but I have no idea what I’m reading” mindset that many of them fall into. The interactive additions would keep the student’s attention and reinforce information.
Of course, there are still drawbacks. If you go to a school where you own your textbooks, and you’re allowed to make annotations or notes in the book itself, then that will be rather difficult to do digitally, though still possible.
Another potential issue would be the challenge in making sure every student (and teacher) knows how to use the technology. You don’t exactly have to teach a student how to open a book and read it, but you will have to teach them how to adjust to the intricacies of the digital textbook, and also troubleshoot if they run into issues.
There’s also the issue of charging, and everyone having their devices charged so they could read their textbook. What about those families who cannot afford to spend the money on an iPad?
How can a school make iPads a requirement if the money has to come out of the families’ pockets?
If a school wanted to implement iPads into the learning and teaching system, they would need to ensure that every single student had one. Seeing other students using their iPads in school could be upsetting for those kids who cannot afford them, or aren’t allowed one. That would be even more distracting to their learning process and would instigate jealousy and create high tensions between the students.
To add digital textbooks to the learning system, it would have to be all or nothing.
Obviously there are many other contributing factors to consider. Such as the schools planning on using the iPads or the ages of the students.
What do you think? Do the pros outweigh the cons? How would you feel if you went to school tomorrow and had all of your books taken away and replaced with an iPad?
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- marveloussherlockian answered:I’d love it. Though I do prefer physical books to eBooks, my textbooks are hurting my back (because there are usually so many in my bag). Dx
- tellingyouaboutthis answered:It would make me uneasy because then if I lose this one expensive thing, then I lose everything…
- peculiarpersonality answered:Unacceptable. This is why I`m a book hoarder.
- helpwillgrahamcracker answered:No! Never!
- meggyfinn answered:I think it’s good in a way because I had some serious issuse with all the heavy books on my back so much, but they need some paper too <3
- blearyed answered:I would throw the iPad at their faces. I need my books, not a silly oversized tablet.
- marshmallow-experiment answered:I prefer real books, thank you.
- releasethekracker answered:I would not be happy at all. I’m one of those bookworms that’d rather turn a page than click a dang button.
- azuluh answered:I think I would cry. No joke. I’d be so mad and angry that they took away the books. I like flipping the pages…:(
- legendarydomino answered:I have an iPad, and read ebooks sometimes, but nothing replaces a good old paper and ink book
- ninesbluebox answered:outraged.
- morethan-provincial answered:School books? HELZ FRIGGIN YEAH. Do you have any idea how heavy those are?
- helloimsarasmileyface answered:NEVER. There is nothing that can replace the feel of an old, musty page turning underneath your fingertips.
- glamtramp answered:my little sisters high school did this. she loves it, and apparantly its had some awesome feedback.
- fancifuldreamer answered:That would be horrible.
- josiephone answered:I would cry so hard.
- gaze-easy answered:i would cry. i love the books and reading on a tablet is not the same.
- chocokiwii answered:I would be so depressed :(… The feeling and smell of the books would be lost. There’s just not joy…
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- heelsandswords answered:I WOULD CRY. But…it is an iPad and I love iPads…but boooooooks. But it’d be easier to carry. I DON’T REALLY KNOW D=
- shmacattack answered:I would love to have an iPad carry all of my schoolbooks, mostly because I just hate carrying them. But I want my novels in book form. :)
- 7oby answered:I would cry. iPads will never have a new book smell app.
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- mindyla answered:I guess…though I still like the idea of having a physical bk
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- mixeltops answered:i love my books
- mycaptainraydor answered:I WANT MY BOOKS!
- missingmymotivation answered:>:(( no….
- savingprimrose answered:I think it’s wrong.
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- vieenviolet answered:I love technology but I would die if any of my real books were taken away for whatever reason!
- princessammira answered:My backpack would be surprisingly light! :D
- beautifultruewords answered::( I want my books :/ I mean, when I’ll go to college, I’ll have a Kindle/Nook, but I love my books<3
- laparalaela answered:I would probably freak. A free iPad? And I would have an excuse to use it at school? Hell yeah!
- pixel-arcade answered:I wouldn’t mind
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- insert-awesome-title-here answered:If I didn’t have to pay for the iPad? And if the books were cheaper in ebook format? Excuse my language, but FUCK YEAH. College texts = smh
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- iambecauseiwrite answered:I would be happier with it if teachers would accept it. I can find half my books in pdf form but they wont let me have devices in class. -.-
- therainwasmadefordancingin answered:I would be pissed
- mellehbeans answered:i think i prefer old fashioned books and i hate how everything is changing :(
- murrayalongnow answered:no. books smell beautiful and wonderful and are concrete and real.
- tushyqueen answered:I would be overjoyed. I’m not at all a neat person, I live in a state of organized chaos. This would help me a lot!