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Textbooks vs. Tablets

Mikayla Gordon, Staff Writer

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Every year, millions of trees are cut down to make student textbooks. The average school spends thousands of dollars on paper alone. Tablets would save schools a couple hundred dollars per student. Using tablets instead of textbooks comes with certain benefits; they allow students to learn material faster and make learning more exciting, and can even prevent health problems in the long run.

The average school spends about $30,000 – $50,000 a year on paper alone. Tablets cost less in the long run. E-books on tablets cost 50-60% less than textbooks. Tablets also update faster, and updating tablets is cheaper than buying new textbooks every couple of years.

Tablets also help students learn material faster and make better scores on tests. According to the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in California, students using iPads saw their math test scores increase 20% in one year compared to students using traditional textbooks. Using tablets instead of textbooks helps students of all ages, even students in college. Using tablets also prevents certain back injuries that textbooks could cause from.

Freshman Dakota Hays cites “expenses” as the reason that GHS hasn’t switched to tablets. He continued to say, “It would be a lot easier for students to just carry around a tablet instead of textbooks, and you wouldn’t need to stress about bringing the right textbook because it’s all one tablet.”

Sophomore, Brooke Moore prefers tablets, “because they wouldn’t need to print textbooks as much.” Ms. Whipple, who teaches AP World History and AP Human Geography, says the school hasn’t switched to tablets because “it is very expensive to transition to exclusively using electronic textbooks.”

Some people think the school should stick with textbooks. Skylar Moses, a Sophomore, says “we should stick with textbooks because they are easier to work with.” Despite various reasons students say we should switch to tablets, there are still reasons why we should keep textbooks. Freshman Hailey Williams says “we should stick with textbooks because tablets would be too much of a distraction to students.” Tablets also associated with health problems. Handheld devices contribute to “Computer Vision Syndrome”, which causes eyestrain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes, according to the American Optometric Association. People who use mobile devices more often have a higher incidence of musculoskeletal disorders associated with repetitive strain on muscles, including carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain (“text neck”), and shoulder pain.
Senior Keegan Bennett and Freshman Sanaya Gardin both say that they prefer tablets because “tablets make things a lot easier.”

The Wolf’s Den wants to know what you think. Should we switch to tablets or do we stick with textbooks? Comment below with your opinion.

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4 Responses to “Textbooks vs. Tablets”

  1. Awtome Finney on September 29th, 2015 6:26 pm

    I think we should we should tablets!!!

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  2. Zack Osborne on September 29th, 2015 10:11 pm

    I say we go with tablets.

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  3. kailey mcduffie on October 28th, 2015 1:47 pm

    i would soooo love to have a tablet instead of carrying books around. i froget my english book all the time and have to run to get it from the other class room. its just such a pain. im sure that you covered this article well

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  4. Mrs. Finley on January 4th, 2016 11:26 am

    I would love to switch to e-books, but the cost of doing so for the county would be high. Publishing companies charge just as much or sometimes more for e-books compared to traditional textbooks. It would definitely make it easier for me. :0)

    Damaged/lost textbooks are such a burden to the school, students, and especially parents.

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