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fat_animals123
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Xboy57
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Tablets should NOT replace textbooks K-12 schools

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Xboy57
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/14/2013 Category: Education
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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fat_animals123

Con

I don't think that tablets should replace textbooks, I don't because they can affect your health.Tablets can cause eyestrain, headaches, and blurred vision. According to the American Optometric Association. It also has a higher incidence of musculoskelectal disorders with repetitive strain on muscles. Tablets have too much distraction in class. Students like to pay more attention to the Tablet screens or bright screens. They also may pay attention to apps, emails, games, and other websites instead of their teachers.
Xboy57

Pro

ARGUEMENTS

1.Tablets Enrich Education
81% of K-12 teachers believe that "tablets enrich classroom education." The survey of technology in the classroom by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) also concluded that 77% of teachers found technology to "increase student motivation to learn."[1]

2.Can Be Updated
On a tablet, e-textbooks can be updated instantly to get new editions or information. Schools will not have to constantly purchase new hardware, software, or new physical copies of textbooks. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that "too many students are using books that are 7-10 years old with outdated material." Tablets are especially beneficial for subjects that constantly change, such as biology or computer science. [2] When you update an e-textbook it will take less than an hour when ordering a textbook it can take up to a week.

3.People Read More
Students who own tablets purchase and read more books than those who read print books alone. The average tablet-owning US student reads 24 books per year on a tablet compared with 15 in print for those who do not own a tablet. [3] According to a survey by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 30% of e-content readers (including 40% of those under age 30) say that they now spend more time reading than they used to due to the availability of e-content. [4]

4.Weigh Less
Print textbooks are heavy and cause injuries, while a tablet only weighs 1-2 pounds. Pediatricians and chiropractors recommend that students carry less than 15% of their body weight in a backpack, but the combined average weight of textbooks in History, Mathematics, Science, and Reading/Language Arts exceeds this percentage at nearly all grade levels from 1-12. [5] According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the 2011-12 school year more than 13,700 kids, aged 5 to 18, were treated for backpack-related injuries.[6]

1.Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), "National PBS Survey Finds Teachers Want More Access to Classroom Tech," www.pbs.org, Jan. 23, 2012

2.Federal Communications Commission, "Digital Textbook Playbook," (2.55 MB) www.fcc.gov, Feb. 1, 2012

3.LearnStuff, "Graduating with Technology," learnstuff.com, Aug. 17, 2012

4.Kathryn Zickuhr, "Younger Americans' Reading and Library Habits," libraries.pewinternet.org, Oct. 23, 2012

5.Thomas Adams, "Textbook Weight in California: Data and Analysis," California Department of Education website, Apr. 14, 2004

6.Mary Elizabeth Dallas, "Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Kids: Experts," nlm.nih.gov, Aug. 26, 2012
Debate Round No. 1
fat_animals123

Con

fat_animals123 forfeited this round.
Xboy57

Pro

Um.... ok well I will still refute but voters you should give me all 7 points.

REFUTES
1.Health
Well in these cases teachers can give students stands so they don't keep looking down to take away strain on the neck. Also teachers could give students breaks to keep strain from the eyes. In the health situation textbooks would be even worse. Textbooks way over 5 pounds. According pediatricians and chiropractors students who carry textbooks usually carry more than 15% of there body weight. [1] According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, during the 2011-12 school year more than 13,700 kids, aged 5 to 18, were treated for backpack-related injuries.[2]

2.Distraction
For the brightness concept the teacheror administrators can lock the brightness at low. For the apps the teacher or administartors can lock the tablet on the certain app.

1.5.Thomas Adams, "Textbook Weight in California: Data and Analysis," California Department of Education website, Apr. 14, 2004

2.Mary Elizabeth Dallas, "Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Kids: Experts," nlm.nih.gov, Aug. 26, 2012
Debate Round No. 2
fat_animals123

Con

fat_animals123 forfeited this round.
Xboy57

Pro

My opponent has forfeited so all voters give me all 7 points.
Debate Round No. 3
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Reasons for voting decision: Xboy57 I would like to note that if your opponent forfeits one round that does not mean that you win all 7 points. I know that is not the case for this debate, but just for future reference.
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