If you need a different debate for the Thanksgiving dinner table, here is a new issue posted on the always useful ProCon.org, which their president, Kamy Akhavan, shared with me earlier in the week from their press release:
Should Tablets Replace Textbooks in K-12 Schools?
ProCon.org Delves into High-Stakes Print vs. Digital Debate
Santa Monica, CA – As the cost of bulky textbooks continues to climb at double the rate of inflation, ever-slimmer digital tablets keep coming down in price. Now that 98% of America classrooms have access to the internet, increasing numbers of school districts are opting for the digital tablets.
But the transition from textbooks to tablets is controversial. Are the digital tablets too expensive for schools, too distracting for students, and too prone to problems for realistic adoption by K-12 schools? Or should the increasingly popular tablets replace print textbooks as an inevitable classroom tool of the future?
ProCon.org, a nonpartisan research organization devoted to critical thinking on controversial issues, debuts a brand new issue website Tablets vs. Textbooks (http://tablets-textbooks.procon.org) and delves into the pros and cons of whether tablets should replace textbooks in K-12 schools.
Definitely worth checking out as we come up to a holiday season when many, many children and teens around the country will be asking for mobile devices and more and more schools adopt BYOD policies.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.