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Should technology replace classic textbooks in classes?

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Started: 4/15/2015 Category: Technology
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This debate will discuss implementing technology in replacement for traditional textbooks. I will be debating the pro side, agreeing that classic textbooks should be replaced by technology.

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Rd 1:
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Con - Opening Arguments and Acceptance

Rd 2:
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Con - Arguments and Rebuttals

Rd 3:
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Con - No Arguments or refutations, only acceptance that the debate is over.

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There are many reasons that textbooks can not be replaced by tablets or any technology. One reason is is that they cost to much money. One textbook cost about 80 dollars (My math teacher). One tablet that works well for example we will use I-pads, can cost any where between 300-700 dollars That is for mini I-pads to normal I-pads. Now for one Acer Chromebook. This is a small laptop that uses mainly google things only can download online Microsoft things for free in chrome store. These can cost any where from 200-350 dollars. Lastly the Mac Book these can cost any where from 900 for the smaller ones to 1500 for the bigger ones. Now just imagine each student getting one. We will use my school as an example we have in 2 grades about 600 students. This is for the I-pads 180,000 -420,000 dollars now the Chromebooks 120,000-210,000 dollars, lastly the Mac-Books they are 540,00- 900.000 dollars. That is just for 2 grades for 1 school district at 300 students a class for I-pads that is 1,080,000-2,520,000 dollars for the Chromebooks 720,000-1,260,000 for Mac-books 3,240,000- 54,000,000. That is so much money the mac books are a little less then one school year budget. Thank you.
Debate Round No. 1


I will begin by building my own case, then move on to attack my opponent's.

a machine, piece of equipment, method, etc., that is created by technology.

In the context of the debate, this would explicitly refer to various facets of technology used to benefit and better the education of the students. Examples include, but are not limited to: computers, tablets, SMART Boards, et cetera. Those devices would have the students' textbooks on them, and would allow them to useWith the definition cleared up, let’s begin argumentation.


Contention One: Technology is beneficial to students’ education.

A multiplicity of benefits are evident to students’ education due to the implementation of technology in their classes.

Subpoint A: Increase in motivation and self-esteem.

Students have an increase in motivation and self-esteem by allowing students to receive instantaneous results and move at an exponentially quicker rate.

An article titled “Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students” explains this effect, “Teachers talked about motivation from a number of different perspectives. Some mentioned motivation with respect to working in a specific subject area, for example, a greater willingness to write or to work on computational skills. Others spoke in terms of more general motivational effects--student satisfaction with the immediate feedback provided by the computer and the sense of accomplishment and power gained in working with technology.” [1] The article then proceeds to interview teachers from various grade levels, sharing their views and experiences with technology in class. The author draws five credible examples to back up this singular point, all of which speak favorably of technology, and share the success they have had using it in their personal classrooms.

Further, this motivation and self-esteem can be achieved through the ease of collaboration between students and even teachers. Allowing technology to be prevalent in schools provides various forms of collaborations that allow students to work together easily. In turn, this gives students a better ability to work in groups, thus promoting teamwork and boosting individual confidence.

Subpoint B: Better access to information.

Before the Internet, schooling was much more difficult, as the EdTechReview explains, however, technology combined with the internet allows for ease of access. “Many years ago we couldn’t imagine that we can get to know new information without going out of the house. Mothers examined new recipes from the book that they borrow in the libraries. Fathers bought newspapers to learn the updated information from business, economy and society. Students all evenings spent in the libraries to write the report, project or academic paper. Today information is easily accessed thanks to the internet. Meanwhile, online courses are accessible to the students who are unable to attend traditional educational buildings because of health or other complications. It is a convenient way to study.” [2]

This easy access to essential material can only benefit students and increase their learning ability. With so much more information available at the click of a button, work can be done more quickly and efficiently than it has ever been done in the past. This beneficiary to technology allows more teaching to be done, allowing more students to be taught more things, thus creating a more learned and educated society in the future.

Subpoint C: Personalization of individual education.

Advancement of education is in direct correlation with technology, primarily due to the increase of personalization between classroom activities and the students themselves. When the curriculum is adjusted to fit the students, the teachers and students both receive benefits. On one hand, the teachers are less likely to be forced to deal with a lethargic student. On another, the students are more likely to understand more and enjoy learning.

A Huffington Post article articulates the disparity between “old-style” teaching and modern technologically involved education. “In traditional teaching (lecturing, working from a textbook, and taking notes, for example), it's easy for students to fall into a passive role. Even the best students who have a natural passion for learning can have trouble paying attention to a teacher's lecture. But when technology is involved, students are more likely to be engaged in learning. Students need to press buttons, think out problems, and manipulate the tools they have to achieve a goal. Educational technology can improve focus among students and it caters to students who learn independently and to those who are more collaborative.” [3]

Contention 2: Popularity and success stories confirm the claim of classroom technology benefits.

The statistics fall in favor of the claim that classroom technology is an overall benefit to education.

In fact, DigEdu (Digital Education), a company that partners with schools and districts to advance education and the implementation of technology, explained some statistics regarding classroom technology. “Nearly 90% of teachers report that both they and their students use technology in class, indicating that technology in education is prevalent… 92% report positive effects of technology on student engagement… 82% report positive effects of technology on teaching experience… 90% report positive effects of technology on student participation…” [4]

Furthermore, we see definite benefits from preparation for the future. The National Math and Science Initiative documented, “By learning to use technology in the classroom, both teachers and students will develop skills essential for the 21st century. But more than that, students will learn the critical thinking and workplace skills they will need to be successful in their futures. Education is no longer just about learning and memorizing facts and figures; it’s about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, developing different forms of communication and leadership skills, and improving motivation and productivity.” [5]

To support his stance over technology, my opponent simply brings up a budget concern. To refute, I will simply use his statistics.

"One textbook cost about 80 dollars (My math teacher)."
To effectively teach in a setting such as a school, a textbook would need to be required for each individual student, plus a classroom set. Let's say a school has 300 students per grade. Simple math let's us know that such books would equate to 24,000 dollars to cover every student. But remember, each student has 7 classes (on average). Adding another book, assuming it would cost roughly the same, for each class adds up quickly. That's 168,000 dollars in total, for all the books for simply one grade. Now, let's divide that by 300, the number of students. That leave's us with $560 spent on books, per student. This is more than some Apple laptops, and more than the Chromebooks my opponent mentioned. Plus, we see plenty more benefits and abilities to do more with laptops. They are versatile in nature, and can be used for more than simply as textbooks

Conclusively, we find great benefits from transitioning from classic textbooks to technology, including more abilities and potentially less cost.









fonzi22201 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2


Unfortunately, my opponent has forfeited. Extend arguments.


fonzi22201 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by epic7373 1 year ago
I see what you did there"ColeTrain". You allowed the con to go first so you could see what his point of view was and combat it without showing your cards... Very sneaky
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