Should iPads Replace Textbooks?
One classroom technology that hasn't changed very much over the years is the textbook. That is, until now. Apple is working with leading textbook publishers to create electronic editions that are interactive, engaging and loaded with eye-popping graphics. The old days of single use, tear-out worksheets at the back of a worn-out textbook will likely soon be a thing of the past. So the question of whether traditional textbooks should be replaced by devices like the iPad isn't so much a question of "if," but "when."
Paper textbooks have a long list of drawbacks. For one, they're made of paper, so they're not exactly environmentally friendly when you think about the millions of copies of each subject that must be produced. Second, educational information can change quickly, leaving many textbooks out of date and destined for the recycle bin. A book bag full of textbooks is also heavy, and studies have shown that children are increasingly suffering from back troubles and poor posture because of the weight of their backpacks.
Another argument for the use of iPads in the classroom is that children are more drawn to these devices than they are tattered, old textbooks. Like it or not, the information age is well underway and your child is more likely to know how to use a smart phone or tablet than a slide rule and protractor. Kids these days have grown up using these devices, so they're simply more comfortable and more engaged interacting with an iPad than they are a textbook. Just ask any parent who has seen their toddler try to manipulate a flat screen TV by touching the screen.