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"Should iPads, instead of textbooks, be available for learning in elementary schools?"

  • The ipad is modle and it is ligh wight no let you take the textbook home i am you mom and i aprove this measage

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  • The iPad solves a lot of issues regarding textbooks and learning.

    The iPad is a convenient, lightweight device that allows students to access educational information as well as instantly research data. An iPad can also be re-used from year-to-year by the same student, making it unnecessary to continuously order new textbooks and making cumulative learning a much more embraceable concept. In recent years, many claims have been made about the long-term health issues that are the result of children carrying around heavy backpacks. Having one convenient multipurpose tool, such as an iPad, would eliminate a lot of cost and health issues related to education.

  • No of course not.

    Its just not how kids learn. They need hands on experience before their life of screens and technology increases at the fast pace that it is currently. Also, they are expensive and unnecessary to the learning environment. Although some technology should be used, there is nothing wrong with the textbooks which studies have shown to be more effective.

  • No, iPads should be available in addition to, not instead of, textbooks.

    The Apple iPad is a wonderful tool for reading, learning, note-taking and many other educational functions. They absolutely belong in classrooms and their use should be expanded. Where I take issue with the wording of this question is the use of the phrase instead of. The iPad can do many functions well, but taking notes and making marks in texts is not among the best of them (without expensive accessories such as a good stylus). Also, getting used to physical books is important for young children. They will likely still encounter paper books for generations to come, and the sense of touch is an important route to learning for children.

  • No, iPads should not be a replacement for textbooks for learning in elementary schools.

    iPads should be included as one of many different learning resources for children in elementary school. iPads should not, however, serve as a replacement for more traditional textbooks in the elementary school learning environment. The overall learning experience of an elementary school student is enhanced when provided different tangible learning tools, including books which they can wrap their hands -- and minds -- around.

  • IPads are too expensive for use in elementary schools.

    Even though iPads have amazing functionality, using them in bulk for elementary school students is very high risk. If a student breaks the iPad or loses it, it can cost hundreds of dollars to replace. With textbooks, they can withstand wear and tear over time, and they are much more cost-effective to replace should they get lost, stolen or destroyed.


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