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AbandonedSpring
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Ramos-7
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Tablets should be used instead of actual textbooks

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Started: 11/2/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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AbandonedSpring

Pro

Please use this first round only as acceptance

second round- arguments
third round- rebuttals
fourth round- Conclusion
Ramos-7

Con

I accept, you may begin your argument.
Debate Round No. 1
AbandonedSpring

Pro

The ability to have any book you could ever want in you hand is an incredible power, which if used correctly could completely change the way we do education for the better. Text books can hold, books, homework, tests and quizzes, yet would completely remove all the added weight that a student must carry daily. E-textbooks on tablets cost on average 50-60% less than print textbooks. According to a 2012 report from the Federal Communications Commission, K-12 school districts spend more than $8 billion per year on textbooks. E-textbooks can save schools between $250-$1,000 per student per year. Tablet prices also continue to drop, making them increasingly affordable. Tablets cost on average $489 in 2011, $386 in 2012, and are projected to cost $263 in 2015.

Thank you
Ramos-7

Con

While tablets do have benefits such as being capable of holding multiple textbooks & other useful applications for educational purposes, they can be a health hazard and cause a multitude of problems. For example, blurred vision (or deterioration of vision) from staring at the screen for so long. Headaches, insomnia, development of tumors, affecting cell development (especially Brain Cells which if those start dying off, you essentially become dumber and those things take years to regenerate) etc. http://www.globalhealingcenter.com...
http://www.networkworld.com...
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com...

As society becomes more technological, the demand for wifi usage grows, but also grows the threat of cyber type attacks. If books were to become obsolete, what then will you use to do homework etc. if your schools network gets hacked?
Debate Round No. 2
AbandonedSpring

Pro

I'd like to start by saying you cited the same article twice. Neither of these websites are .org or .net websites, and one of these websites is essentially a blog.
http://dmlcentral.net.... This website debunks the claim that technology is making us stupider.
All of your claims have no real scientific evidence, (or at least none that you cited). You cited a website, "http://www.globalhealingcenter.com...; that basically forced you to assume that all the data was correct by saying things like "If you think your heart races when surrounded by wireless networks or 3G or LTE cell phones, it may not be in your head." Theres no scientific background, nor is there any actual survey information attached. This website is owned by whoever is willing to pay for it, which is why it ends in .com.
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Ramos-7

Con

Ramos-7 forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
AbandonedSpring

Pro

Alright, my opponent has forfeited. I reaffirm that tablets are more efficient for students.

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Ramos-7

Con

The dmlcentral link you posted said the page was "not found", therefore making it an invalid link. http://prntscr.com...

To support my earlier argument about negative health effects of installing multiple wifi ports in schools, this video shows the dishonesty companies display about the problem with wifi and/or phone radiation & shows how parents feel about wifi as a possible health hazard. https://www.youtube.com... The link below mentions how this is a growing problem with the growing demand of electronics & wireless services used in schools.
http://www.fox5vegas.com...

Books should not become obsolete only because of a growing want for technology, if they were to completely be ridden of, what will schools do when their wifi stops working due to a blackout or a power outage? Textbooks should be kept as a backup plan, not ridden of. Newer does not mean better. No reason to get rid of textbooks.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by Ramos-7 2 years ago
Ramos-7
Post your last argument if you have one & I'll respond.
Posted by Ramos-7 2 years ago
Ramos-7
Damnit, 3 hours is quite short. I was preparing a reply and I get a message saying I forfeited.
Posted by EvanCraft 2 years ago
EvanCraft
I totally thought that it was stone tablets lmao XD
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