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Patch Talk: Should Tablet PCs Replace Print Textbooks in School?

With the rising popularity of the Apple iPad and Google Nexus 7, should heavy print texts go the way of the buffalo?

Patch Talk: Should Tablet PCs Replace Print Textbooks in School? Patch Talk: Should Tablet PCs Replace Print Textbooks in School? Patch Talk: Should Tablet PCs Replace Print Textbooks in School? Patch Talk: Should Tablet PCs Replace Print Textbooks in School?

Technology has changed a lot since many of us were in high school – from simple pocket calculators to phones that have more processing power than the Apollo spacecrafts that landed on the moon.

In just under 10 years, wireless internet itself has expanded from a slow transfer rate and short range to transmitters that can spread the Internet to an entire office building with blazing speeds. Computers have gone from large, tower-based machines with bulky monitors to laptops and tablets that can fit in manila envelopes.

It's an amazing change of pace and with these changes, education has had to rapidly try to adapt. Many schools throughout Long Island are equiped with full-blown wireless internet access and the Mineola School District has been using iPads in elementary classrooms for the past couple of years.

Tablet PCs and eBook readers like the Amazon Kindle offer a wide range of possibilities through interactive textbooks, digital applications, light-weight and are enviornmentally friendly overall.

The drawbacks are numerous, of course – iPads cost $499 to start and even a basic Amazon Kindle is $79 while many textbooks are free as a part of the education system. The devices are sought after by everyone and sell well on the black market, which could make school children the targets of someone looking to make a buck.

We want to know what you think. Should schools start switching over to Tablet PC devices like the Kindle or iPad or continue using print textbooks?

Let us know in the comments below.

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