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Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?

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  • +108 +167 -59 Mr. B.O.B Dec. 16, 2014
    "We want Tablets! Whose with me?"
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    • +2 +6 -4 Mary Mar. 29, 2016
      "I am!!!"
    • +1 +2 -1 Ali dean Feb. 9, 2017
      "me!"
    • +1 +4 -3 person May. 16, 2016
      "ME!!!"
    • 0 +1 -1 MC Feb. 23, 2017
      "It so pointless but so funny..."
    • -10 +8 -18 Mrs. B.o.B Dec. 19, 2014
      "Wow those are real words of wisdom Mr.B.O.B, thank you!"
  • +51 +83 -32 the group of 3 Sep. 29, 2015
    "yes!!!! because you waste a lot of trees by making and using text books. and with electronics you do not waste trees and trees help you breath."
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  • +34 +61 -27 Kevin Hurst Jan. 13, 2015
    "They should definitely be implemented in classrooms. With a little more development in digital textbooks, tablets could replace ALL textbooks. And each tablet would last at least a solid 2-3 years before being too outdated, which replaces the cost and wear-and-tear of at least 30 textbooks.
    Plus, the kids then have a tablet for many other purposes! (which aren't ALL bad purposes, despite what you think) If you are worried about these "other purposes", it is becoming increasingly easy to restrict and manage things on tablets. If you pair the devices with any simple device management software, it becomes very easy to manage any restrictions, among other things. Organization, distributing resources to all, and security are just a few benefits. And they can be decently priced. Whether we like it or not, tablets in education are coming full-force and not going to slow down."
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  • +25 +45 -20 Just a few words, Dec. 19, 2014
    "I have just a few words to add, my first point is that if you are out sick you can never fall behind. The reason is because you can learn the lesson on the tablet, while everyone is being taught the same lesson at school. My second point is that the tablet can prevent a lot of injuries. Sure tablets are heard to ruin eyesight but that is less pain to go through than back pains, sprains, etc. I have one more point to make that is, if you are struggling on a certain topic the tablet recognizes this, so it can give a boost on what you need help with. So, of course I love books but if I have the choice between a tablet or a book I would choose tablet. I am on one right now! Huh, I guess that wasn't a few words. ;~)"
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    • 0 0 0 Christian Jan. 27, 2017
      "I'm with you with that"
  • +22 +39 -17 Anonymous Jan. 16, 2015
    "I think that textbooks should be replaced with technology because textbooks cause pain for kids and it causes kids to have back problems that will effect them in the long run and I'm in the 8th grade and I have to carry a lot of things in my book bag and I always go home with back pain."
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  • +17 +44 -27 Mr. B.O.B (again) Dec. 18, 2014
    "Me, again! Just want to say that if you bring tablets to school you will make your students happy and they won't end up like the hunchback of notre dame."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Audrey C. Jan. 29, 2016
      "But u have to think, if the tablets get broken NOBODY will be happy. Who's paying for all the expensive equipment?huh? Are you?"
    • 0 +2 -2 anon Jan. 9, 2015
      "That's the spirit!"
  • +13 +14 -1 Wulf715 May. 9, 2016
    "You dont need to flip pages And we can monitor tablets with an app"
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  • +10 +20 -10 a 6th grad student Apr. 12, 2016
    "we need tablets like if you agree"
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  • +10 +28 -18 dfhdfh Jan. 5, 2016
    "no more carrying more big books"
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  • +10 +23 -13 Kyle Oct. 29, 2015
    "If they work better with tablets, give them tablets. If they work better with books, give them books. Do whatever will help the kid more. Personally, I would like a tablet/laptop. I don't have to carry 10 books at a time, I can just carry one thin device for everything. Plus it's where the future is going."
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  • +10 +26 -16 jade May. 14, 2015
    "thank it made me think both ways and it is interesting"
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    • -2 +1 -3 morgan Nov. 13, 2015
      "wow"
  • +9 +19 -10 Anonamous Dec. 16, 2014
    "Tablets are lighter than textbooks and can prevent a lot of injuries"
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  • +8 +9 -1 leasa May. 9, 2016
    "yes because do you want to ruin trees and carry around all that heavy text books"
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  • +8 +11 -3 Peter May. 2, 2016
    "Textbooks vs tablets I think tablets are better because they save money. In the long term they save money so you don't have to keep running to get a new book. Also it saves trees. You use less paper and save trees. It is also more efficient. You can get books faster you don't have to go to a book store. This is why we should replace textbooks with tablets."
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  • +8 +13 -5 Walter Apr. 14, 2016
    "Have you ever heard about a debate whether we should have text books or tablets? Well now that you heard about it let me tell you what I'm voting. I think that we should have tablets not because I want them because of how much paper cost,motivation,holds hundreds of text books. Well I'm here to tell you about this. Did you know that 77% out of a hundred voted for tablets. Well let me tell you why. Teachers did that because of the increase of motivation from kids. Kids find it more fun to be playing on a tablet instead of flipping pages through a old book all day. Also paper comes from trees right well maybe if kids start using tablets it will decrease the amount of trees being killed and lower the cost of paper for teachers. Teachers spend a lot of money on paper just one teacher can spend up to $4,000.00 a year. Now just imagine how much it costs for a whole school. My final reason for my opinion is that tablets can hold hundreds of text books which will lower the amount paper being used. Now for my following reasons I hope you will follow my opinion."
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  • +8 +12 -4 vincnet Apr. 12, 2016
    "tablets are technology and we should have online accesses."
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  • +8 +12 -4 Ben Johnston Feb. 22, 2016
    "very excellent reasons."
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  • +8 +22 -14 Maddie Dec. 14, 2015
    "The tablet is easy to use,it makes work easyer, faster, helps get work done. It gets you organized on all of your work so that is doesn't get lost."
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  • +6 +14 -8 Michael Apr. 10, 2015
    "I think it would be good if iPads replace books because It would help save money on paper. My first reason is that Tablets lower the amount of paper teachers have to print for handouts and assignments, helping to save the environment and money. A school with 100 teachers uses on average 250,000 pieces of paper annually. A school of 1,000 students on average spends between $3,000-4,000 a month on paper, ink, and toner, not counting printer wear and tear or technical support cost.(http://tablets-textbooks.procon.org/#background) My second reason is that people will have fun reading on a iPad because if your reading a really good book you can email your friends and tell them. So that is why I think iPads should replace books."
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  • +5 +15 -10 Mad-Dog22 Nov. 15, 2015
    "tablets over textbooks!!!!! YES"
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  • +5 +18 -13 emily f age 12 May. 1, 2015
    "Technology is our future, and is what makes our economy and society more efficient."
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  • +5 +17 -12 victoria Apr. 29, 2015
    "tablets are easier to carry while textbooks weigh more and could cause back probelms in 6th- 12th grade"
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  • +5 +10 -5 Anonymous Mar. 24, 2015
    "YES! I believe that all students should get Ipads. I think this because one, is saves trees. Another reason all schools should get Ipads is because you have to take notes and the Ipad would keep all of your thoughts organized. Did you know that there are over eighty-thousand apps are just focused on learning. That is a crazy amount! In conclusion i believe that schools should get Ipads."
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  • +5 +13 -8 James Danner Feb. 23, 2015
    "There should be tablets. Everybody is basically saying students will play games. I don't do that. I think technology can be useful if people use it the right way. If you learn to meditate, you can focus on the task at hand and enjoy the benefits of less weight and space due to tablets. It is best to be honest. If you can do that, there won't be problems."
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    • 0 +1 -1 New guy Mar. 17, 2015
      "Yes that is true... But there is no positive way to get unbiased information. And we can't be sure that everyone is like you."
  • +5 +12 -7 unknown Feb. 6, 2015
    "Tablets have educational games and if the student chooses to not use them the teacher can see that. So tablets are a yes for me."
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  • +5 +11 -6 abdul Jan. 15, 2015
    "tablets are much more lighter then those heavy textbooks and it can hold more then hundreds of textbooks"
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  • +5 +14 -9 Jocelyn Jan. 14, 2015
    "In my opinion I think tablets are better than textbooks.You can't do much in a textbook you can only read them and that's it.
    In tablets you can do more things'; search things up (go in the Internet), read,etc.
    Tab,eats are not heavy but textbooks are actually pretty big and some are very heavy.
    This is why i think tablets are better than Textbooks."
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  • +5 +9 -4 Hannah Jan. 8, 2015
    "Yes textbooks are good, they don't cost as much, and they don't have battery life. Those are as many as I could think of when it comes to true textbooks. If it were me tablets would be the way to go."
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  • +5 +9 -4 Hannah Jan. 8, 2015
    "Tablets should be aloud its not like your gonna use it all day anyways. Also, they can be monitored by the school."
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  • +5 +13 -8 Sage Husband Dec. 3, 2014
    "I personally believe that it is ridiculous that we kids have to deal with stress on our backs at such a early age due to tablets. I love books, but health and well-being can be a huge factor."
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    • -4 0 -4 Bob_Fish Mar. 11, 2016
      "I think that even though this is true, we as students can carry more than you think. Most backpacks aren't even that heavy."
  • +4 +5 -1 ethan Nov. 29, 2016
    "the tablets/computers make research easier because I'm writing an essay on this and using this site"
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  • +4 +4 0 Tech tron Oct. 6, 2016
    "We want tablets"
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  • +4 +6 -2 David Jun. 2, 2016
    "I think instead of textbooks you should use tablets. I think that because tablets are more updated than textbooks. If you wanted to read about something new in the world you can use a tablet. Most of the recent information most likely hasn't been recorded on a textbook yet. Another reason you should use tablets is if you want to look up something all you have to do is type it. If you wanted to search something on a textbook you would have to flip pages until you get what you need. Tablets let you or your teacher be more open to new things. Such as websites for presentations. This is why I think you should use tablets instead of textbooks."
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  • +4 +6 -2 Barnie Apr. 12, 2016
    "Saves paper used for textbooks."
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  • +4 +9 -5 Alex Jan. 7, 2016
    "I think that having a tablet instead would be better for the children because if you're in high school you wouldn't have to carry heavy books."
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  • +4 +14 -10 karissa zigmeier Nov. 18, 2015
    "yes i do think that we should have tablets over textbook. it would be a lot easier to carry around we would have the world at are fingertips"
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  • +4 +12 -8 austin Apr. 9, 2015
    "I would want to replace textbooks for tablets because you can download more books than having to carry so much weight around in your backpack. It only weighs 1-2 pounds and some kids are getting back injuries from carry around so much weight. Also using tablet makes learning fun an easy even on a tablet they update books instantly for exact information."
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  • +4 +16 -12 Charles Masters IV Feb. 10, 2015
    "Students should be able to have tablets to do all their work,however,some people might just play on them."
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  • +4 +11 -7 anonymous student Jan. 15, 2015
    "I am a student that would like to say that technology is our future and maybe the human-kind can adapt to the health problems that we have today."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Teachers! Jan. 6, 2015
    "It would be eaiser to control what happens. Tablet are also less space taken and it is more ecofriendlly than always printing and wasting paper!"
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  • +3 +6 -3 Bob Jr. May. 23, 2016
    "Tablets Are Awesome, For Even free Time"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Jen Apr. 7, 2016
    "its more useful to use tablets because it more updated and you can keep more books on there than having to carry around loads of books to read it simple in the tablet"
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  • +3 +5 -2 Garrett Apr. 7, 2016
    "Tablets let us know what is going on in the world and what history there is and that if someone forgot who is running for president you will know."
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  • +3 +7 -4 sharkisha Mar. 24, 2016
    "I think tablets are a great idea for schools!"
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  • +3 +10 -7 Robert .c. utley Jan. 15, 2016
    "i do think tablets should replace book because if we all had tablets we would learn more about technology. And everyone wants to learn about technology especially my mom and dad (but they are not in school). in all i think it would be an amazing idea for tablets instead of books"
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  • +3 +14 -11 Orange Sep. 2, 2015
    "tablets are faster workng"
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  • +3 +12 -9 Suzy Peck Apr. 15, 2015
    "My daughter's school just started using tablets and she loves it! Now she can't wait to go to school, though before she hated the very thought of it!"
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  • +3 +11 -8 jane bell Feb. 4, 2015
    "it can get the user to pay more attention in school."
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  • +3 +11 -8 Kene E. Jan. 21, 2015
    "Tablets are harder to break"
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    • +1 +1 0 Claire Nov. 16, 2015
      "other way around, books are hard to break... not tablets"
  • +2 +4 -2 Someone Curious May. 18, 2016
    "I have a question, who provides the tablets? But I also want tablets."
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  • +2 +6 -4 Bridgett Apr. 4, 2016
    "I think tablets are useful because they can offer and give things that textbooks can't.
    81% of k-12 teachers believe tablets can enrich classroom education and increase the students motivation.Tablets also can hold a lot of supplies in it.A tablet can hold over 100s of textbooks to read digital and can hold homework and quizzes and students don't have to carry as many things.In the tablets you can highlight and change text and write notes so you don't have to ruin the textbooks to understand texts and get the part you need.I think tablets are very useful to students and many students enjoy them!"
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  • +2 +8 -6 apple Feb. 17, 2016
    "I think we shouls have labtops instead because if you keep making more note books the less trees witch=no birds=more worms and over poulation"
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  • +2 +10 -8 Nicholas W. Feb. 2, 2016
    "Number thirteen in the con list states that "Tablets increase the number of excuses available for students not doing their schoolwork. " This is completely false. If you try to use an excuse such as "I couldn't fine my charger", your teacher will simply tell you that you should've used your home computer or have gone to the library."
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  • +2 +8 -6 kristina Jan. 25, 2016
    "1. Schools save money in the long run if they purchase tablets. Schools spend about $30,000 a year on paper.
    2. Students are more prepared for their futures because future jobs will depend on it.
    3. More students will be excited to learn and go to school.
    4. Backpacks will weigh a least 10 pounds less."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Connor Denney Jan. 13, 2016
    "I think that if we have Tablets in the school it would make the kids wanna come to school more because they would be a lot more willing to work on a Tablet then on a Textbook. (there much more fun to work and deal with)"
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  • +2 +7 -5 Dalana Barzar Jan. 11, 2016
    "A laptop/tablet could be useful in a classroom many ways and plus many kids already have them so the school spends less money for laptops if students could bring their own"
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  • +2 +8 -6 morgan Nov. 13, 2015
    "yes tablets are better than textbook but that is my own opinion so thumbs up if you agree or thumbs down if you dissagree"
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  • +2 +13 -11 Anger Punk Apr. 27, 2015
    "YES PLEASE!! Tablets and Ipads are a great chance for a digital learning experience and a great way to do research. It would also save money for parents to buy school supplies and saves money for schools to buy textbooks. The only downside is that technical problems would stop a student from learning, and if there was a problem with wifi for the whole class or even the schools wifi what would happen then."
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  • +2 +13 -11 anthony Apr. 22, 2015
    "pro becouse its so much more use full to pepole can do the same thing as a text book and more like perfict circals"
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  • +2 +8 -6 damion Apr. 15, 2015
    "tablets are more advanced than text books there for getting more info."
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  • +2 +11 -9 Syd Mar. 17, 2015
    "When you use an etextbook, you keep your locker cleaner. You don't gave all those big textbooks to pile up in your locker."
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  • +2 +8 -6 Ari Mar. 16, 2015
    "If you need to update your ways of learning, you would have to buy a new textbook. But if you have an iPad or Tablet, all you need to do is download the new version on your device."
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  • +2 +11 -9 Griffin Feb. 11, 2015
    "Tablets should replace textbooks. They are much more effective in Textbooks. The thing with people playing games is not really true. Yes, kids will try and play games on the tablets but the school systems have it all connected to a system. My school for example tracks where all the students go when they are logged on to a school account. I also believe that Tablets will make it easier for learning since you can access huge amounts of information."
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  • +2 +16 -14 ethan the student Dec. 6, 2014
    "At my school, they are introducing Chromebooks (similar to tablets) to become the major learning tool. They haven't even brought them in yet, but already, even kids who hated school are getting excited about learning. I personally am glad because currently I have to take home at least one or two textbooks a night, and along with all my other binders and stuff it is really hard sometimes. I cannot wait for when these cumbersome books are replaced by our new Chromebooks."
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  • +2 +15 -13 Isabella Nov. 30, 2014
    "We'll I am in a debate and our topic is electronics vs. textbooks and I'm with what you are saying it makes seance to me. Thank you for helping learn with all of these great facts!"
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  • +1 +1 0 Doughnut Feb. 24, 2017
    "We use iPads at my school and we enjoy them a lot. If any troublemakers try and go on an inappropriate website, the administrator will block the website. We also cannot download random apps. We have an app called Meraki MDM that controls all iPads. All of the iPads are controlled and safe!"
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  • +1 +2 -1 Christian Jan. 27, 2017
    "I think they should be replaced because they help kids learn better and it doesn't take long to find what your looking for"
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  • +1 +3 -2 Jake Minelli Jun. 2, 2016
    "I think Yes tablets are better for learning because there way lighter. Text books weight a lot. Tablets can update information very quickly but people cant update the textbooks so you can be learning very old information. It also easier to find information because you can just look it up. With textbooks you have to flip a bunch of pages to find what your looking for. Tablets can allow teacher to customize students learning easier."
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  • +1 +3 -2 LightBluePika2 May. 18, 2016
    "Yes, we should have tablets. They should be provided by schools and they have multiple sources for research, and much more than a book that can ever be used."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Amber Chapman May. 16, 2016
    "students are able to choose a book more quickly on e-readers than choosing from printed books."
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  • +1 +3 -2 kandie May. 3, 2016
    "they old books should hit the rode because im tired of carrying heavy stuff in my bags"
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  • +1 +3 -2 kristhna Apr. 21, 2016
    "Students must have laptop, because of the many help so that they can get from them and we are not that crazy to use laptop we will have more responsibilities that we students can handle more than thats books and this is truth."
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  • +1 +4 -3 Mary Mar. 22, 2016
    "Using a tablet is easier for certain students who have trouble reading, because you can zoom in and out on a tablet, and you can't on paper."
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    • +1 +1 0 I'm above person Mar. 29, 2016
      "Awesome!!!!!"
  • +1 +4 -3 Ally Mar. 16, 2016
    "Textbooks VS Tablets
    By Ally
    Textbooks or tablets? Even though I don't want to go all paperless I say yes to tablets. If you said textbooks then let me tell you some reasons that will hopefully change your mind.
    Tablets hold more. With a paper book you have to carry a million things and can be really heavy,but with a tablet you carry one thing and it's weightless.
    There are many things you can do on a tablet. You can look up words by just holding your finger on the word,book mark it and you can have your tablet read to you. With a paper book you can't do those things.
    Paper books hurts the environment. For paper books you need to chop down trees and trees provide life,air and scenery. For tablets we don't have to chop down trees so they can keep providing life,air and scenery.
    I am for tablets because of those three reasons,and hopefully you are too. This concludes why I say yes to tablets."
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  • +1 +13 -12 Anna Nov. 4, 2015
    "I VOTE FOR TABLETS!!!!! WHICH SIDE ARE YOU ON!!!!??? REPLY TO ME!!!!!!!"
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    • +2 +2 0 A person Apr. 1, 2016
      "Same here...."
    • +2 +2 0 Maddie is right Mar. 29, 2016
      "Me too"
    • +2 +3 -1 Maddie Dec. 17, 2015
      "I agree with u"
  • +1 +15 -14 Jane Apr. 10, 2015
    "Old books stink!!!"
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  • 0 0 0 Logan H. Feb. 22, 2017
    "I think that tablets can be put to good use just as much as they can be put to bad. Everybody should have a chance at using technology besides computers. Now let's try our hardest to try to get the next generation a chance to use tablets for every thing not just games. if you are with me lets do this."
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  • 0 0 0 Garius Feb. 21, 2017
    "We need tablets no textbooks"
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  • 0 0 0 Anonymous Feb. 15, 2017
    "Tablets should replace textbooks in all scenarios. they are superior in every conceivable way and are far cheaper."
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  • 0 +1 -1 abby Feb. 2, 2017
    "yes we should use tablets"
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  • 0 +2 -2 oh me Jan. 27, 2017
    "yes please.please"
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  • 0 +2 -2 thatcher Oct. 4, 2016
    "students play on there devices everyday . most kids will fell more comfortable"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Kyle Wheeless Aug. 17, 2016
    "Yes! textbooks need to go digital because it makes it easier for students to access the material. It allows students to use their textbooks without having to lug around their heavy books."
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  • 0 +4 -4 Hailie Feb. 29, 2016
    "As long as the tablets are only for school use only. Then they would pay attention more."
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  • 0 +13 -13 anonomous Feb. 9, 2015
    "im a pro because tablets rock"
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  • -1 0 -1 Nate Jan. 27, 2017
    ""They should definitely be implemented in classrooms. With a little more development in digital textbooks, tablets could replace ALL textbooks. And each tablet would last at least a solid 2-3 years before being too outdated, which replaces the cost and wear-and-tear of at least 30 textbooks.
    Plus, the kids then have a tablet for many other purposes! (which aren't ALL bad purposes, despite what you think) If you are worried about these "other purposes", it is becoming increasingly easy to restrict and manage things on tablets. If you pair the devices with any simple device management software, it becomes very easy to manage any restrictions, among other things. Organization, distributing resources to all, and security are just a few benefits. And they can be decently priced. Whether we like it or not, tablets in education are coming full-force and not going to slow down.""
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  • -1 +1 -2 Justus Sep. 12, 2016
    "A lot of the problems for Tablets that people present are like this:
    "They (Students) sometimes even take random pictures of themselves and lock the tablets with random pass-codes!"
    "There is always someone (Students) who is playing games."
    "Tablets can be really exspensive and harmful to your child's health, and to top it, off not all kids have the ability to do their papers online nor can the afford a tablet or wifi"
    These are all invalid arguments because they don't say anything about how the tablets themselves are bad, but children can't be trusted. I have counterarguments for all of these arguments.
    1. Children can also doodle in textbooks, just like they can play video games on their devices.
    2. You can specially fit devices like I-Pads for a schooling environment! For example, add accountability software to track the browsing history of a tablet, disable changing settings without a password, etc.

    I can understand how writing on paper as opposed to typing may help a student focus. In fact, it helps me. But using tablets in the education system has to start sometime, (as technology progresses) and generation Z is best suited for it. That is just my opinion though. Thanks for reading all that :D"
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  • -1 +3 -4 James Mar. 7, 2016
    "I believe that tablets should replace textbooks in schools because of a few key factors, convenience, and cost.


    One factor is convenience, tablets can hold a lot of books and only weigh a tiny bit. Plus if you link all the tablets apple accounts you only have to purchase the book once for everyone to have it.

    Another factor is cost, tablets do cost a lot more than the individual book but in the long run they cost less. You only have to buy one book for the whole school! Plus other educational app are free and can be something used in the classroom like paper levelers among other things."
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  • -1 +16 -17 crow Feb. 2, 2016
    "I love tablet's in everyplace."
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  • -2 0 -2 Nate Jan. 27, 2017
    "I'm writing a school essay about more EDU technology in schools and this articul is helpful"
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  • -2 +2 -4 Bob2 Oct. 21, 2016
    "Tablets are cool"
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  • -2 +2 -4 Yay Oct. 6, 2016
    "Tablets rock"
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  • -2 +3 -5 nena May. 4, 2016
    "you can take them any where"
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  • -2 +2 -4 isabel Mar. 16, 2016
    "tablets can help children learn by doing an activity hands on or watch a video rather than just reading about it."
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  • -2 +4 -6 Abby Heinemann Mar. 8, 2016
    "I believe that tablets should replace the textbooks."
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  • -3 +1 -4 dank sphereo the bob Jan. 20, 2017
    "tablets are fun and are cool to read."
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  • -7 +12 -19 katie Jan. 26, 2016
    "yes i think that we sould have tablets cause tbh i think that books r boring and using a book there is more of a chance that there would be alot of sleepers in class"
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  • -10 +5 -15 ham Mar. 14, 2016
    "yesssssssss!"
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  • -30 +16 -46 mark Mar. 5, 2015
    "omgeeeeeeeeeee"
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  • -35 +14 -49 hi Apr. 13, 2015
    "Tablets are awful, use textbooks."
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    • +2 +5 -3 Ace of Epic May. 7, 2015
      "Because using outdated information, getting strain in the eyes and back pain from carrying text books is SO much better than having a small compact device that hold the information needed and more, makes it easier to research topics, and has updated data everyday is so much better!

      End sarcasm."

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  • +11 +39 -28 Sarah Aug. 17, 2016
    "I believe students should be given the choice to use either a laptop/tablet or hard textbook. I like using actual textbooks because i learn better that way. Physically flipping through the pages and adding notes is more beneficial to me."
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  • -2 +2 -4 boone Feb. 13, 2017
    "I prefer to have some tablets but not as many because I did a survey in my class and 99.99% of my classmates had a phone and about 34.67% was playing it."
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  • -2 +9 -11 dnkmmz Jan. 23, 2017
    "Studies have shown that over-excessive exposure to electronic devices trigger the part of your brain to give you less tolerance and makes you more irritated at pretty much anything. I would like a tablet, but there is a line between convenient and harmful."
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    • 0 0 0 awesome Feb. 23, 2017
      "i agreee"
  • -6 +73 -79 Ryan Martin Nov. 14, 2014
    ""People at my school play on their IPod's even if it isn't allowed at school. If i was a teacher I would have a really hard time trusting my students, because all they would do is play their games, even with the huge consequences if they get caught."
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  • -9 +22 -31 Anonymous Jul. 14, 2016
    "I firmly stand that tablets should not replace textbooks when it comes to the fact that education is important for all. Having tablets at school will be a distraction and it would be destructing the traditional way of learning by books. Even now, students at all schools play on their phones when they are supposed to read, and in schools that do have tablets, they sometimes even take random pictures of themselves and lock the tablets with random passcodes! Even now, having those tablets are a bother to some teachers and students, but replacing all those information-filled textbooks with these metal-filled tablets is a big NO!!! Some people may argue that technology makes it faster to learn and we can get all tech savvy, but those who regularly don't pay attention in school will not get the education they need! Moreover, do you really honestly think that having tablets at school will not tempt a student to play games or surf the web when they need to research for a project? And did you even think about the expense that these tablets cost? You see, the advanced learning of using textbooks cannot be forgotten no matter what and books are essential to our lives. The internet or app that we use cannot provide us with enough info!"
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  • -9 +13 -22 Bianca May. 23, 2016
    "I see many people saying that tablets save environment instead of textbook because apparently it uses less paper. But did you know that in the process of making tablets, we are polluting the environment because tablets needs a lot of raw material compared to textbooks. Further than that, using tablets may cause a lot of health damage for example eye strain, nausea and even carpal tunnel. Compared to textbooks, the only health 'problems' is it being heavy which isn't a big issue because I'm pretty sure most school have lockers to keep their textbooks. Therefore this argument is really invalid. Besides that, using tablets are expensive. Even if you say that E-books are cheaper, the tablet itself cost a small fortune and it could break easily. Textbook on the other hand, are cheaper and whenever it falls down, I'm pretty sure it would not break. Plus textbooks could be re-use and would work longer. Tablets would break because it could be hacked, freeze or even infected by viruses. After all of that explanation, I'm sure that textbooks are better that tablets."
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  • -9 +72 -81 lauren Feb. 28, 2014
    "Fossil Fuel is very rare and we would be using 100 killowatt hours of it. Then we use 79 gallons of water that means they are using 22,025,000,000 gallon of water a year since 275 million tablets are sold a annually. That is extremely wasteful.To make it even better we have 66 ponds of carbon dioxide destroying the ozone layer."
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    • +4 +8 -4 Dan Mar. 5, 2014
      "The problem with your argument is that cutting trees and priniting them all take up the same or more fossil fuels and more money to send them out. your argument is invalid"
    • 0 0 0 ErRoR!SaNs Feb. 17, 2017
      "first off we can use wind, sun light, and water to make electricity. water is renewable. Saying that we shouldn't use them because of carbon dioxide is like we shouldn't breath because we exhale carbon dioxide. plants take carbon dioxide and make oxygen so yea buddy silence."
    • 0 0 0 ZombieDictator Feb. 17, 2017
      "the ozone layer is being destroyed by greenhouse gases not carbon dioxide plants help us because plants breath in carbon dioxide and breathe out oxygen so that we can live on the planet earth. and if we started using water instead of fossil fuels our water supply would eventually run low fossil feuls are low in the first place and we cant stop the government from using them, soon enought tho with the new technology i am hoping we can find a different energy source one that is unlimited beyond compare"
    • 0 +4 -4 joe Mar. 5, 2014
      "that is incorrect..."
    • -2 +1 -3 fishtree Jun. 2, 2014
      "Umm, for what? Are you trying to say that the production of a tablet (or all tablets) costs that much? Fossil fuel is not 'rare', and is also not the only means of generating energy. I don't understand where you are getting the water loss part, but ~22,025,000,000 'gallon' of water across the whole world isn't as bad as you think. 66 'ponds' of CO2 cannot destroy the ozone layer, carbon dioxide has a greenhouse effect which traps light, keeping our planet warm. CFCs and related substances damage the ozone layer."
  • -10 +2 -12 Cancer is a thing Feb. 3, 2017
    "i agree that they can cause health problems and sometimes cancer"
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  • -11 +17 -28 Hi Mar. 27, 2014
    "Kids don't need all the technology in there lives they have plenty now. It will also cause students to try and sneak the tablet out of the classroom and keep it for theirselves because they don't have one and they just want it. Someone could also dare that person to do something bad and they do it and they get in trouble not the person who dared them to do it."
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  • -11 +17 -28 Anonymus Mar. 24, 2014
    "The whole world cannot afford tablets. I'm thinking third-world countries. Why not re-use textbooks? I understand topics such as biology change constantly, but let's just change the education system as a whole. Why can't we demonstrate what we want to teach them? Everything turning electronic is hindering not just students', but everyone's ability to have good communication skills in person since we're so used to texts, e-mails, online schooling. Just no."
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  • -12 +6 -18 dank sphereo the bob Jan. 20, 2017
    "books are cooler and more fun to read."
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    • 0 0 0 The book hater Feb. 17, 2017
      "I love a good book but text book suck."
  • -12 +12 -24 Evan Sep. 14, 2016
    "I don't like apple. My school makes us use IPads that rarely work. It's bad man."
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    • 0 0 0 The Milk Man Feb. 17, 2017
      "that's only yours bro calm down buddy old pal home slice chicken tenders."
  • -12 +14 -26 robert Jun. 1, 2016
    "why should the 2000s generation use tablets while we used the textbooks and used to carry it with us everyday"
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    • 0 +1 -1 pretty Dec. 6, 2016
      "no one wants to carry a lot of books for 5 days in the week when you can just carry a tablet witch doesn't weigh as much as a heavy book."
  • -12 +8 -20 Randor pandor May. 19, 2016
    "I say NO my school has computers ever single time we got on them there is always someone who is playing games . I say NO for EVER never in the hole world ."
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  • -12 +10 -22 nena May. 3, 2016
    "it helps the students writing on paper"
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    • +1 +1 0 pretty Dec. 6, 2016
      "but students can now type making it easier to finish and you can not lose it because its all connected to something so you can have everything from one tablet to another."
  • -12 +8 -20 Gabby Apr. 27, 2016
    "Tablets .vs. Textbooks
    By: Gabby

    Handheld devices cause health problems. Handhelds contribute to computer vision which causes eye strain, headaches, blurred vision, and dry eyes. People who use mobile devices are more often to have pains on there muscles, including neck pain and shoulder pain.
    The cost of tablets are a higher price than textbooks. Implementing tablets in k-12 schools requires purchasing hardware- ( tablets) and software - ( textbooks) . The costs for e- textbooks on tablets are 552 percent higher than new print textbooks. The cost for one student to have a tablet is $71.55 vs $ 14.26 for textbooks.
    Students may pay attention to apps,email,games and websites instead of there teachers. Today's technologies are creating easy distractions with sort attention spans."
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    • +1 +2 -1 LightBluePika2 May. 18, 2016
      "I strongly disagree, but you do have a lot of good proof."
  • -12 +10 -22 jon Apr. 19, 2016
    "Tablets emit blue light, which causes melatonin levels in the body drop, meaning less sleep and worse school days"
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  • -12 +10 -22 cool kid Apr. 12, 2016
    "im a student and i say no"
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    • 0 +1 -1 anonamous May. 12, 2016
      "same students like me need to learn RIGHT"
  • -12 +4 -16 Cinderella Apr. 12, 2016
    "Costs of school enrollment can increase to pay for tablets."
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    • 0 0 0 Tyson Nov. 22, 2016
      "Then go to a cheaper school"
  • -12 +7 -19 Bob Duncan Mar. 24, 2016
    "I don't think tablets are a good idea because it can effect your health and your learning experience."
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  • -12 +8 -20 rederfox Feb. 23, 2016
    "i believe that we should have are textbooks over tablets that break down or break easy :) + there better for the earth"
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    • 0 0 0 GuyWithCommonSense Apr. 5, 2016
      "so cutting down thousands of trees every year to produce new books is not as bad as sending out a single software update as soon new information is found and authenticated. keep in mind these are new books that are not even adopted by many schools who cannot afford them. This means they then will potentially sit on a shelf for years. All those poor trees."
  • -12 +19 -31 A person Feb. 2, 2016
    "Tablets use a lot of chemicals to manufacture, and most of them are not earth friendly. Textbooks barely use any chemicals to print."
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    • +1 +1 0 Hue Mar. 16, 2016
      "But text books use a lot of trees"
    • 0 0 0 a smarter person Nov. 10, 2016
      "actually textbooks also us a lot of chemicals as well (for the ink) so this "con" is invalid tbh"
  • -12 +14 -26 Billy Springer Feb. 2, 2016
    "I think that text books should be in school."
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  • -12 +14 -26 Audrey C. Jan. 29, 2016
    "No because, before tablets came out their were textbooks, textbooks r easier to use. I have neveread used a tablet in school not even once. Myself personally, tablets=broken=money=fundraisers=angry parents. Or u could do textbooks=page being ripped=tape=happy people."
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  • -12 +21 -33 A nony mouse Jan. 28, 2016
    "Doctors say you should have less than one hour of screen time a day, which is impossible when you have lots of school work to do on them."
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  • -12 +30 -42 Ava Jan. 26, 2016
    "I don't really think that it's a good idea because tablets can be really exspensive and harmful to your child's health, and to top it off not all kids have the ability to do their papers online nor can the afford a tablet or wifi."
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  • -12 +6 -18 Skylar C Jan. 15, 2016
    "No they shouldn't. Yes, it would be nice to not have to carry those heavy textbooks around, but think about how expensive it would be. Not to mention, the students would be using the schools tablets, which would be expensive to buy in the first place. And, since they don't belong to the kids, they won't be as cautious with them as they should be, and wouldn't hesitate to break them. Replacing them would take to much money from the schools."
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  • -12 +33 -45 joseph couture Jan. 14, 2016
    "no because the technology is too distracting therefore slowing work time down and if the tablet breaks or isn't charged and is not usable what are you going to do? oh yeah you are going to use a textbook anyway."
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  • -12 +25 -37 Mystery Jan. 12, 2016
    "They should not switch the text books with tablets these are kids all they are going to want to do is mess around and play games or take pictures and not learn anything. I should know I'm 15."
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  • -12 +6 -18 Angelina Jones Jan. 5, 2016
    "Tablets are extremely fragile. They can crack, get a virus, or even get water damage. On the other hand a book is natural if you spill something on it, all you have to do is let it dry. Instead of paying a fortune to get a tablet fixed."
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  • -12 +7 -19 Gabrielle Dec. 4, 2015
    "Yong kids won really know how to use the devices."
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  • -12 +7 -19 Anna Dec. 1, 2015
    "I don't think tablets are good in school. Tablets are a waste of money and time."
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  • -12 +9 -21 imagitation Nov. 12, 2015
    "no they are easier to break"
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  • -12 +14 -26 Martin Nov. 10, 2015
    "why use tablets if they cause attention o the human eye and kids could lack off while the teacher doesn't give them directions. PLUS they cost more money than textbooks"
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  • -12 +12 -24 Anonymous Oct. 9, 2015
    "I personally work better with paper, and I pay more attention when the teachers hands me a book and tells me to read. If the teacher gives me the book on my device, I'm more likely to not pay attention and get on Buzzfeed or a game."
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    • +1 +1 0 Kyle Oct. 29, 2015
      "The main thing in your comment is you're saying YOU work better. What if other kids work better with tablets? Just do whatever makes the kid work and learn better."
  • -12 +18 -30 Jannik Oct. 3, 2015
    "I can see the benefits by using tablets, but tend to lean towards the con side of this. My daughter's school uses tablets (ipads) instead of textbooks. She has had a lot more trouble staying focused in class and not being tempted to play games on the tablet and do her assignments on it."
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  • -12 +11 -23 Alberto Jul. 23, 2015
    "I learn a lot with a text print than a text on the tablet, because always that I study I make notes and summaries. And it help me retain the subject in my head easier than when I study with the tablet."
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  • -12 +15 -27 Textbooks don't May. 13, 2015
    "Oh sure give a bunch of adolescents access to games, movies, inappropriate any things that their parents said no to. Do you honestly think a teacher is going to be mindful and check what the students are going on. I doubt it because of two things: 1. They have a lot of students to manage and of course 2. Any one can delete browser history even a child. And finally on a tablet you are damaging eyes and making it easier to cheat on tests and hw."
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    • 0 0 0 Dr.Smart Guy Feb. 17, 2017
      "no student will look up inappropriate thing in school. they can just get an app that blocks it or get on to see all the screens."
    • 0 0 0 schooltruth Mar. 2, 2016
      "Our school has a special program that monitors your screen and our district has gone through a whole process in which inappropriate webpages are blocked, also even if we delete our history whatever we searched up goes back to our servers and saved, even if we are in incognito or if we delete our history."
  • -12 +11 -23 Red Ortiz May. 1, 2015
    "Tablets GO OFF
    emails, text messages, social media all distract children from learning."
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  • -12 +6 -18 Tina Tamori Apr. 26, 2015
    "With so many different computer programs and interface devices, it can sometime be difficult, and costly for children to transition from one computer to another. I know it drives me crazy when I store my stuff on UBS for my lap top and then I travel and use my tablet and can't get my assignments off my UBS ports"
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  • -12 +11 -23 Tina Tamori Apr. 26, 2015
    "What if the power goes out or the Wi-Fi signal goes out. Students can't get access to the information that is stored on the tablet until either signal is resorted."
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  • -12 +8 -20 damion Apr. 15, 2015
    "tablets would die so then you have to charge there for taking up your time."
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  • -12 +6 -18 Paige Apr. 9, 2015
    "I think tablets should not replace textbooks. I think that because kids are going to lose their ability to hold a pencil, and they're not going to be able to write that good when they grow up. There are so many things you have to write on paper when you grow up. Even just to cash a check you have to write your name on the back of it! The iPads, ebooks and tablets are good for projects but, I think we should still write some times from paper. Not using tablets could set a better future for kids."
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    • +1 +2 -1 Manny Apr. 16, 2015
      "I hear what you are saying, but I'm afraid your statement is invalid due to the fact that people aren't allowed to write on textbooks in certain (if not all) schools."
  • -12 +9 -21 Nickname "Maronku" Apr. 6, 2015
    "Really, I have trouble finding information on the internet. It's full of unnecessary information and is unreliable. Text books have the information might in them. Tablet might be useful for fun activities to promote learning, but otherwise is rotting the brains of the future. What I mean by that is that younger generations are relying to much on technology. Another issue involved with it, Decreasing the amount of physical, mental, and social activity.

    I am a 9th Grader in Las Vegas and believe this is an issue. I am greatful to have grown up in a respectful and honest way."
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  • -12 +14 -26 Eric wilson Apr. 2, 2015
    "i think text books are better mainly because you don't have to worry about the text running out of battery. or a 50 dollar to 200 dollar screen cracking. which would be more money coming out of the school's pockets."
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  • -12 +14 -26 Afpskddjdi Mar. 19, 2015
    "We are all haters and teachers complain about me reading not on my iPad"
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  • -12 +15 -27 New person Mar. 16, 2015
    "I think that tablets should not replace textbooks because textbooks have unbiased information where as tablets have biased information. Although tablets have apps such as notability or edmodo, kids could just get off task or draw. Textbooks are important because they are alot cheaper and they use less materials to make."
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  • -12 +25 -37 Maram Mar. 3, 2015
    "Won't give students more time to realize their grammer and spelling mistakes"
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  • -12 +29 -41 Cloudyskyhunt Feb. 26, 2015
    "Tablets are bad for your eyes. As they are used more and more, the Cornelius will shrink and may eventually lead to blindness."
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  • -12 +23 -35 zeus murphy Feb. 24, 2015
    "Textbooks are because people will get stronger. People in the old days got stronger because they were not always on the computer all the time because there was no such thing as computers so I think that it was better back then."
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  • -12 +27 -39 Anonymous Feb. 23, 2015
    "Switching to the program has had no effect on student achievement in many schools that have attempted the program. according to Liverpool, New York, "The students at Liverpool High have used their school-issued laptops to exchange answers on tests, download pornography and hack into local businesses." that is definitely not classwork"
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  • -12 +24 -36 Marius Feb. 18, 2015
    "It could take the teachers place."
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  • -12 +25 -37 BuzzFeed Feb. 16, 2015
    "If we used computers in class you all would be idiots because you wouldn't know anything because all you did was play games"
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    • +2 +2 0 Ace of Epic May. 7, 2015
      "If that's the case then every student in my school would be idiots, as we have 4 required classes that are done on the computer. And several sites are blocked, so we don't play games much unless we're done with our work."
    • +1 +1 0 Ari Mar. 16, 2015
      "but teachers are able to block some of the bad sites and students are required to keep their iPads or Tablets on their desk, so teachers can always see what their students are on."
  • -12 +44 -56 Anon Jan. 15, 2015
    "I AM a 16 year old kid. I DO all that stuff i get on whatever I want and don't pay attention. You'd think I'd be all for tablets so I don't have to listen, but thats not the case. I never listen. I dont learn. And its probably gonna hurt me in the long run."
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    • +1 +3 -2 zeus murphy Feb. 27, 2015
      "i think i would do that to. he is right"
    • 0 0 0 SmarterthanU Apr. 15, 2016
      "Well if its going to hurt you do something about it instead of telling us about your problems and just fix whats wrong with you think about how this will affect your life."
  • -12 +26 -38 Isaac Jan. 14, 2015
    "videos spoon feed on information, while pictures take a lot of cognitive thought to understand. even though it would be hard at first, if you learn it from a picture, you will understand it more fully."
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    • 0 0 0 Anynomonys Mar. 16, 2016
      "I see your point Isaac but you have it all wrong. The pictures may help you but that just means your a kenasthetic learner. Sorry to break it to you bub your WRONG!!!"
  • -12 +27 -39 Brieanne Jan. 6, 2015
    "If a student breaks a tablet, it could take a while for a technician to fix it. It also takes a lot of money to fix a bunch of kid's tablets. Also, some students take advantage of tablets and play games during class. A lot of student learn better by reading things out of a book, so if we take books away and use tablets then those students can not learn the way that is good for them."
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  • -12 +21 -33 Just a few words, Dec. 19, 2014
    "think you have great reasons, everyone on this side and the other one but really the tablets need to be the one's seen in classes!"
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    • -2 +1 -3 hello Jan. 6, 2015
      "what if the tablet cracks or breaks"
  • -12 +31 -43 anon Dec. 5, 2014
    "I'm not happy about the costs involved with our district going digital. Each student will be given a tablet/laptop device. Grades 4-12 will take them home each night. In the contract we are "required" to sign, it states that the parents are responsible for the cost of the device is damaged. The device they purchased will cost us up to $600 if damaged, according to the district. I have three kids still in the public system.
    When questioned about the eye strain, headaches that may occur, the district's response is "that's a valid question", but gives not answers.
    The kids that have to take home the devices will be targets for theft. It was announced in the local paper that every student will be taking home their device (4-12). There are plenty of people in our area that will take advantage of that and I believe backpacks will be stolen off of kids backs.
    I know my kid tosses his backpack and I've seen plenty of others at the school do the same.
    I'm all for technology in the classroom. I don't believe they should take them home. I believe that technology should be used as a supplemental tool and not the main device for learning or teaching."
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  • -12 +8 -20 Elisha E. Dec. 5, 2014
    "Tablets might cause brain damge"
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    • +2 +2 0 ahsan Dec. 26, 2014
      "how?"
  • -12 +31 -43 robotczar Nov. 30, 2014
    "Clark asserted that media do not differentially support learning but that instructional methods are the true agents affecting learning. Several research studies and meta analyses have supported his position. So, efficiencies can be expected from tablet use (e.g., faster updating), but student will not learn better using them unless they are used in an effective instructional strategy--which is also true of textbooks. So, bottom line, tablets cannot be expected to improve student performance by themselves."
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  • -12 +26 -38 Evaclair Nov. 14, 2014
    "Although it would be fun for the kids and it would be a good learning tool, I believe that it would be more of a distraction for kids. There is a greater possibility that the students will download games "illegally" onto the tablets and the students might be doing something else like social network when the teacher is talking and there really wouldn't be a way for the teacher to tell."
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  • -12 +74 -86 Ryan Martin Nov. 14, 2014
    "How can teachers trust their students to actually do the work in class and not play games instead? Because to be honest I would play games to because it is so tempting."
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    • +3 +5 -2 Dominik Briscoe Mar. 11, 2015
      "You can also have the school specially regulate the internet traffic coming from the IPad's or Tablet's, so the students can only go to teacher approved sites."
    • +2 +2 0 Kazi Jan. 7, 2016
      "There is a feature on an iPad called guided access which prevents the user from exiting an app without a password."
    • +2 +4 -2 Puterexpert Apr. 23, 2015
      "Yeah same here Ryan I would be tempted and sometimes I do play games when I'm at school. Good Point:)"
    • +1 +2 -1 Rijff Swanepoel Oct. 13, 2015
      "You can disable the app store so that they can't download games. The teachers can also put a admin block on the tablet to insure nothing can be installed or downloaded. If all the students connect to the same wireless network the teacher can remotely see and control the tablets."
    • 0 +4 -4 neon Feb. 1, 2015
      "There are softwares that catch the eye movements of a student and tell the teacher that if the student is distracted or no"
    • 0 +5 -5 Brandon Jan. 16, 2015
      "You can use hybrid computers like a surface pro, or an even cheaper solution, high quality $ 100 Chromebooks (30 % off if a school is buying one)."
    • -2 +2 -4 emily f age 12 May. 1, 2015
      "they are NOT playing games, smarty pants"
    • -3 +3 -6 zeus murphy Feb. 24, 2015
      "I agree because I would also play"
  • -12 +27 -39 Nana Nov. 13, 2014
    "I believe we should use books because people will take advantage of the iPads and stuff u look up on iPads sometimes aren't true that's why we use books trust me there not gonna let a crazy person write a book for kids at school"
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  • -12 +25 -37 Audra Oct. 29, 2014
    "I personally would rather have a book in my hand than a tablet. A lot of things can go wrong with tablets. They can be dropped and break. The memory can get erased. When you read on a tablet it can hurt your eyes after a while. Teachers wouldn't exactly know if students are reading a book on a tablet, they could be just playing games or something."
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  • -12 +34 -46 umbreen Oct. 3, 2014
    "I think that tablets should not replace textbooks in K-12 schools because using tablets is more expensive than using print textbooks. Also tablets have too many distractions for classroom use and people who read print text comprehend more than those who read digital text."
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  • -12 +10 -22 nestor lugo Oct. 3, 2014
    "tablets affect the health and vision of people if used too often when studying as you study, not always but most of the tiome it's all read a lot more to understand"
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  • -12 +23 -35 Em May. 16, 2014
    "No, because it can distract kids. Kids can download games. Besides, when has there been problems with textbooks? I believe they're perfectly fine."
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    • 0 0 0 Raj Jun. 11, 2014
      "The problems with textbooks is that they're heavy, outdated, not interactive and very linear. As for distraction anything can be a distraction to a student. I got detention for reading in 4th grade. More monitoring by teachers can stop that problem dead in its tracks"
  • -12 +23 -35 MiMi May. 15, 2014
    "The students will take advantage of the tablets and will abuse the use of the internet."
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    • +3 +3 0 Aloha Jun. 3, 2014
      "Access to certain websites can be blocked if the schools allow it."
    • +2 +2 0 fishtree Jun. 2, 2014
      "Do you have so little faith in our programmers? This can be prevented by use of locking software. We already do it with school computers."
  • -12 +20 -32 tucker May. 13, 2014
    "books you can aford"
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  • -12 +19 -31 tim mizell May. 9, 2014
    "no idont think it should because if they replace them then what will we do with the remaining books that are left in the library"
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  • -12 +41 -53 Addie Daniels May. 7, 2014
    "I wouldn't encourage the use of the tablets in schools.Because they will cost more to fix if a kid drops them or breaks them.The school also has to have enough to have for each student and some schools cant afford it .Schools will have to be provided with more money and the government inst going to allow just one school to have them so many schools will find it unfair and they will soon want them.Tablets shouldn't be in schools for these reasons and many more."
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    • -1 0 -1 Roman Oct. 2, 2014
      "Our school has tablets and it is 25 dollars for the whole year and it covers insurance."
    • -1 0 -1 fishtree Jun. 2, 2014
      "The idea is that it will be slowly integrated. First, a few teachers in a school have one, then all the teachers, then a few of the students. Eventually all the students. Eventually the cost of textbooks will disappear and pay them back."
    • -1 +1 -2 Stu May. 14, 2014
      "1.Its not imposible to fix a tablet. my nephew dropped his, and it was fixed by a guy we know for free.
      2.schools wil constantly have to replace outdated books, where they would be updated for free on a tablet.
      3.If you are a student you know you want them
      4.Demonstrations are so much easier with tablets.
      5.It prepares kids for the tech world they live in
      6.It opens up a whole world of opportunity for learning, and is great technology, that we should take advantage of.
      7.saves space, is lighter."
  • -12 +25 -37 Alison May. 2, 2014
    "I personally don't think they should switch textbooks to tablets. Tablets would be very nice to have but you have to think about all the kids that would destroy them because the tablet isn't there's. Also they are worried about us being on our phones now, getting on Facebook and texting would be really easy to do on a tablet. Another thing that they would need to look at is who will be paying for every kid to have a tablet in class? At some school they have up to 300 students just in one class. That could get very expensive. Therefore we already have the textbooks we need and there all paid for so why go out and spend more money when we don't absolutely need them. I just think it would be useless to get tablets."
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    • +1 +1 0 Mark Foster May. 6, 2014
      "they can all be hooked up to a master computer and monitored,who went on what at what time and so on"
  • -12 +21 -33 Logan Anderson May. 2, 2014
    "I wouldn't incrourage the use of e books or tablets in school. I feel that they would be a distraction in the class room. Also there cost is much to high for small schools.Which in turn would force they to try for more government aid.I have use text books all my like and never had a problem with them they don't need updates and no maintenance as long as there are taken care of."
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  • -12 +19 -31 Joseph Crosby May. 2, 2014
    "The studies of the tablets replacing textbooks are both good and bad. But I lean more for against the idea. Because of the fact that it would cost to much to do it. And the fact that making the tablets diminishes more resources than textbooks would. To understand that diminishing Earth's resources is bad just realize that mining like we do to all the valuable resources doesn't allow the resources to come back so basically when we get gold we just leave giant holes in the ground."
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  • -12 +19 -31 SomeoneIsKnown Apr. 28, 2014
    "I'm a student. It is unneeded to use such a device that is not only unready for full educational use, but is also excessive in what it can do. I mean, I could be doing math homework right now, but I'm typing this."
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  • -12 +19 -31 Read a book Apr. 23, 2014
    "it wont be used for the right things i have a cousin who got an ipaed from school and its not really used for school more for social media. its just encouraging them to be dependent on the internet and they could cheat with it. textbooks help more with research and future jobs. Reading never killed anyone"
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    • +2 +2 0 anon Jan. 9, 2015
      "Neither did using a tablet."
  • -12 +16 -28 Natalia Apr. 22, 2014
    "I think that tablets and e-books are very distracting and that the kids will just play around and break them."
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  • -12 +22 -34 Kaitlin Apr. 21, 2014
    "I am in college now and love being able to look up in a textbook when ever I please. I was recently in a class was told to buy an E-book which I have a tablet but I am unable to access the e-book on my tablet."
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    • 0 0 0 Brandon Jan. 16, 2015
      "then re download the e-book, easier than buying an even more expensive and clunky textbook"
  • -12 +21 -33 chloe Apr. 18, 2014
    "vote for books not tablets because it will decrease intelligence and art .little kids won't learn how to write and draw"
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    • -1 0 -1 Felicia Brown Apr. 6, 2016
      "there are apps for writing and art on tablets that are like a personal teacher to each individual student

      books are just a general source of information

      and i don't see kids drawing or writing from books there days, that is always tought by the teacher"
  • -12 +21 -33 chloe Apr. 18, 2014
    "we should not have tablets instead of books because docters actually say tablets can hurt the growth of a child and preteen."
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    • +1 +1 0 @Bekahswenson-insta Mar. 2, 2015
      ""No their school will block and moniter the tablet and cancel the learning not related apps"
      ^^^ invalid. I am a 17 year old in high school and you dont think we sneaky children have ways to get around blocked websites and non educational applications? ha. invalid. i personally believe textbooks are better in the long run due to the fact that my elementary school through freshman year used all textbooks and i retained so much information but recently my high school has tried to go extremely technological and i feel as if i have lost so much skill that i could have retained if we didnt get rid of textbooks."
    • 0 +2 -2 Hayford Apr. 25, 2014
      "No their school will block and moniter the tablet and cancel the learning not related apps"
  • -12 +16 -28 Romi Apr. 15, 2014
    "Also, looking at a screen to much strains your eyes. And if children are doing test the might as well go on to another site and cheat. With paper and pencil, kids are less likely to cheat on tests. And, children and teens are most likely to multi-task, meaning while doing homework they'll spend time on email apps and MSG, more then their homework."
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  • -12 +20 -32 al Apr. 15, 2014
    "i personally think that we should keep the text books not have a tablet and doing all of your work on it. And what if we could not take them home and you have homework and you don't have a computer at home and have no internet how would you do your homework. and if you can talk it home what if you don't have any internet. And if you are not responsible and you eat and drink by the table and you spill it and then you have to pay for a new one. And what if you lose it and break the charger. what happens if you lose the charger. What if you drop it and the screen cracks. That why i think that we should keep the text books and not get tablets."
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  • -12 +23 -35 Romi Apr. 15, 2014
    "Switching to tablets is not a good idea. When you spill a drink on a tablet, it might freeze and not work. However with a book, when you spill a drink, it might leave a big nasty stain, but you"ll still be able to read."
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  • -12 +18 -30 j.u.v Apr. 15, 2014
    "I think yes and no because using textbook is using a lot of trees to get the paper and using tablets haves you need to use a lot of money"
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  • -12 +28 -40 Dakota Apr. 13, 2014
    "less focus on technology more focsed on books. now a days kids are more focused on technology than they are on human interacting."
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    • 0 0 0 no name Oct. 15, 2014
      "Kids dont focus too much on technology the fact that your on a mobile device to have been able too type this is enough"
  • -12 +20 -32 Anonymus again Mar. 24, 2014
    "Lol. Basically the only argument I see from the "pro" side is that textbooks are soo hard to carry. Maybe we can use textbooks, but in loose leaf form so we can carry only the section/chapter we need to classes. Other than that, oh come on. First year college student here that has gone 12.5 years of textbooks and carrying them perfectly fine."
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    • 0 0 0 Anonymous again Feb. 4, 2016
      "Ehh. I agree some of these con arguments are weak. Now that I'm a third year, I honestly just can't learn anything online or through a screen. Not everyone learns the best that way, so it just shouldn't be the only way to hold classes through."
    • 0 0 0 no Feb. 4, 2016
      "Basically the only argument I see from the con side is that the students wont pay attention in class before there were tablets kids found other ways to mess around and not pay attention to class work like passing notes or playing around with their pencils"
  • -12 +33 -45 Jason Lee Feb. 26, 2014
    "We shouldn't use tablets because we kids will drop them and break them. I have a calculator that i always drop and imagine it if it would be a tablet... we would break it and pay for it."
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    • 0 0 0 Roman Oct. 2, 2014
      "That is what insurance is for. We have tablets at my school, and it is 25 dollars for the whole school year and it covers insurance. They are way better than books js."
  • -13 +11 -24 Markiplier Apr. 26, 2016
    "Tablets cost a lot"
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  • -13 +14 -27 Jacksepticeye Apr. 26, 2016
    "Tablets do cost a lot of Money, but the books cost less."
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    • -2 +1 -3 samuel May. 5, 2016
      "you are cool jack but mine cost $50.85"
    • -2 +1 -3 Markiplier Apr. 27, 2016
      "your right"
  • -13 +5 -18 jocelynne Oct. 26, 2015
    "i hate e-books! i actually like to TURN the page and see what happens next! anyone can swipe a tablet in their sleep!"
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  • -13 +5 -18 Paige Apr. 7, 2015
    "Con

    I think that kids are gonna loose there ability to hold a pencil and there not gonna be able to write that good when they grow up. And there are so many things you have to write on paper when you grow up. Even just to cash a check you have to write your name on the back of it! The iPads, ebooks and tablets are good for projects but I think we should still write some times from paper."
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  • -13 +26 -39 lauren dixon May. 6, 2014
    "Back then ,before electronics ruled schools people actually had to communicate with one another to get an assingment done.Now students instead of working with other people they depend on a square of wires and cables to get the right answer"
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  • -14 +7 -21 poodiepie Feb. 4, 2015
    "SO TRUE"
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  • -14 +8 -22 kj Oct. 3, 2014
    "i believe students would take school less seriouse cause of the use of the ipad"
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  • -15 +11 -26 Josie Nov. 3, 2015
    "I VOTE FOR TEXTBOOKS!!!! HOW ABOUT YOU?!!!!"
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    • -3 +1 -4 martin Nov. 12, 2015
      "YEES"
  • -17 +22 -39 Jackie Mar. 11, 2014
    "It is just too expensive for some. Never mind the fact that digital textbooks are don't use trees. Digital textbooks still use more resources."
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  • -18 +20 -38 Katrina Mar. 14, 2014
    "I Say that textbooks are better because kids will not get so distracted when the teacher is talking"
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  • -19 +38 -57 Sita Mar. 4, 2014
    "I'm against this because I'm witnessing this firsthand at home how bad it has gotten. Nobody goes outside to play in the fresh snow, or the spring/summer warm air! All the kids want to do is sit down, get unhealthy and fat, and refuse and throw a huge fit if you try to get them to do something other then playing with electronics. Kids these days are going to grow up and ask what a book is!! They'll never know the feeling of holding a book in your hands, they'll never know the smell of an old book, and they'll never know the horror of something wet spilling on a book but then knowing that the book is okay. It wouldn't be the same way if a kid had a kindle! They take it home, spill some water or another form of liquid on it, and then what happens then? The kids can't study because their textbook was in the kindle thing, and now it's ruined. We NEED books because they are much more reliable in hands, where they are real, then they would be if they were electronic. Down with using laptops at school, down with using Ipads at school, and just DOWN with every electronic thing that has ever been used in school. It KILLS children to go outside and play and interact with people and I'm tired of it all!! Aren't you too??"
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  • -25 +27 -52 Portia Hendricks Feb. 24, 2014
    "no because they cost way to much and people would get in way to much trouble"
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  • -34 +25 -59 Jazmine Feb. 21, 2014
    "Because tablets are so expensive"
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