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Should students' textbooks be replaced with notebook computers?

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Started: 1/12/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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One of the biggest questions on the minds of educators is how much technology is enough in the classroom. The debate between "textbooks vs. computers" has been going on for a long time and with more technology in the classroom than ever, that debate won"t end anytime soon. Tablets, smart boards, and other technologies continue to make their way into the classroom as learning tools for students.


I will be arguing that textbooks should not be replaced with notebooks or computers. I will start by saying some harms in using tablets instead of computers, then finish by saying some advantages of textbooks over tablets.
First, students who use tablets are tend to have mental health problems. These include carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain, shoulder pain, musculoskeletal disorders, fibromyalgia. These health problems can result even if the student is not on the tablet for very long. This shows that matter how cautious of how frequently you use tablets, health problems can still occur. However, with textbooks, none of these problems will occur.
Another harm in using tablets over textbooks is that students are more easily distracted. Many teachers have reported that students tend to pay more attention to emails, games, and other websites that don't relate to school, rather than doing the actual schoolwork itself. This defeats the purpose of getting them in the first place because whats the point in teachers buying them for students if they don't use them for school. This can ultimately be a waste of money because if educational budgets are being put towards buying tablets, guaranteed distractions will occur which doesn't let the tablet serve the purpose they want it to. But textbooks only have school related things on them which won't result in distraction.
Another harm is that tablets provide excuses for students who have not done their homework. These include things like, " My tablet froze " or " I lost the charger " silly excuses like this can give students the mindset that they don't have to do homework because they have piles of excuses for homework.
The last harm of tablets is that they are more likely to be stolen or break down. Unlike textbooks, there have been cases with tablets in which they have been stolen by thieves, or they break down and have to be replaced.
Advantages that come with using textbooks include learning more, no distractions, and students will not suffer from mental health problems.
In conclusion, textbooks are better than tablets. Tablets are small and can be lost, and they come with guaranteed harms.
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