No no no Expensive How much does it cost to replace textbooks with tablets?
It involves buying iPads, Installing equipment such as wireless routers and subscribing to internet service. An iPad costs up to ten thousand dollars. Assuming you only need the most basic iPads for replacing textbooks, It still costs $5900. Also, You may break your iPad. As I said, IPads are very expensive. You need to buy iPad cover to protect them. The costs $200 and up. Having cases does not mean 100% protection. You can buy insurance to cover for iPad damages. Insurance is not cheap.
In order for so many devices to connect to the internet at the same time, The school needs to install powerful wi-fi network which costs a lot. A powerful wirelss router costs $2000. A wireless router can be shared by 20 students. Therefore, A school with 900 students needs 45 routers and that cost $90000. Subscribing to a Gigabit internet connection costs $150 per month. A school needs 10 Gigabit connections. That is $1500 per month.
Assuming iPad and routers last for 5 years, It cost over $1 million per year for the school. The source of funding is questionable. The school may not be able to afford it.
If you say each student brings his or her own device, Some families could not afford it.