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Should tablets replace textbooks in K-12 schools?

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  • +39 +62 -23 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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    • 0 0 0 sara Apr. 8, 2019
      "i like the argument but u keep repeating yourself"
  • +34 +55 -21 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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    • 0 0 0 Bella May. 6, 2019
      "Obviously kids are going to want to use a tablet because of the entertainment value. Tablets have a bigger environmental impact because they are harder to dispose of properly. Books can be recycled and turned into other products. You can also recycle books and use them for the next year whereas tablets can be damaged easily and take more money to fix."
  • +26 +55 -29 Wulf715 May. 9, 2016
    "You dont need to flip pages And we can monitor tablets with an app"
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  • +26 +69 -43 a 6th grad student Apr. 12, 2016
    "we need tablets like if you agree"
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    • +1 +3 -2 ian miller Sep. 16, 2017
      "we do"
    • 0 0 0 other 6th grade kid Feb. 9, 2018
      "i agree"
    • 0 +2 -2 prof. dawgwood Jan. 18, 2018
      "oh yeah"
    • -2 0 -2 susie Feb. 21, 2019
      "i strongly dissagree because you dont really learn anything"
  • +25 +71 -46 dfhdfh Jan. 5, 2016
    "no more carrying more big books"
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  • +17 +48 -31 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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  • +15 +23 -8 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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    • +1 +1 0 drew Jan. 18, 2018
      "same, dude."
  • +15 +26 -11 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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  • +11 +14 -3 Ian Miller Sep. 16, 2017
    "they prevent kids from carrying heavy text books around when they can just carry a tablet which holds every thing from your actually textbooks to the notebooks you do your work in."
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  • +11 +15 -4 Justin Mar. 16, 2017
    "First tablets are lighter then textbooks, can hold more then a textbook and are easier to keep track of. tablets are so much lighter then textbooks. In 2011-12 more then 13,700 kids were treated for back injuries due to backpack injuries. I don't feel like going to the doctors because of a backpack injury. doctors recommend that you carry less then 15% of your wait and if you way. if you add up your binders, books that is a lot. if you had a tablet then the books and binders could be in that iPad making it a lot lighter. a tablet can hold a lot more then a textbook. one tablet has a average of 8 to 64 gb of storage. just one gb can hold 1,000 books! if you could have all of the stuff that you could fit into a binder such as math & science textbooks & sheets, it would be so much lighter for you to carry and easier to find. iPads are easier to keep track of. The average kid loses one worksheet or textbook a year which means he has to redo it or get a incomplete and that makes both the kid and the parent mad. if you had a tablet you could track it. if a kid has a IPAD they are going to want to keep track of it because it is so much better then a worksheet. I know because 9 out of 10 kids would chose a tablet over a textbook. ."
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  • +10 +22 -12 leasa May. 9, 2016
    "yes because do you want to ruin trees and carry around all that heavy text books"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Elizabeth Dec. 4, 2017
      "While it is true that traditional textbooks require a lot of paper, tablets also require a vast amount of resources. One tablet requires the extraction of 33 pounds of minerals, 79 gallons of water, and 100 kilowatt hours of fossil fuels resulting in 66 pounds of carbon dioxide. Print books produce 100 times fewer greenhouse gases."
  • +8 +11 -3 hayden Sep. 17, 2017
    "yes cause having school books on tablets makes lugging books around for homeschoolers so much easier and we can do it on the go not needing paper or pencils"
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  • +8 +12 -4 Tatianna Ramos Mar. 28, 2017
    "They should have ebooks not textbooks. The first reason they should have ebooks not textbooks is because ebooks aren't heavy. Ebooks aren't heavy because it is one iPad with hundreds of books on them unlike if you were to have paper books and had to have five books they would be really really heavy but unlike paper books the ebooks you could have tons but you only have one iPad so they aren't really heavy at all. The second reason they should have ebooks not textbooks is because they are more convenient to carry around. You don't have to stuff five text books around in your bag you only have to carry around that one kindle or iPad or electronic whatever that may be. If you have textbooks you have to cram them in your bag unlike with a kindle or electronic what ever it may be there is only one little thing that you have to put in your bag when that one little thing could have millions of books on it but it doesn't feel like it it only feels like a little kindle or electronic whatever that may be.They should use Ebooks."
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  • +8 +11 -3 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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  • +7 +11 -4 Matthew Mar. 28, 2017
    "Having tablets is better than having textbooks for a couple reasons. First tablets are better than text books because people spend to much money on books. People get so many books in a year that all the money adds up to more than a tablet. Most of the apps and books on a tablet cost less money than the book you need to get. Second reason that tablets are better than books is that tablets allow teachers to extend kids learning with a tablet. There are over a thousand of educational games for kids all ages. Also teachers can get certain things for certain people. Lastly having tablets is better than having textbooks is because text books are heavy and can cause injuries. Kids carry textbooks that are heavy and that get hurt and not want to do anything. A tablet only weighs 1 to 2 pounds and text books are al most 3x that weight. It is better to have one tablet than a bunch of of textbooks. What do you think is better textbooks or tablets?"
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  • +7 +10 -3 Olivia Mar. 20, 2017
    "Text books or tablets? My opinion is tablets.
    One reason is tablets are good throw k-12. They are easier to use at home if you are home school? Next it is less money to pay. Tablets are not a lot of money. But text books are. Also 50-60 percent less print text book. Lastly tablets aren't heavy text books are! Over the past few years 13.700 kids have gotten here from having to much text books in there backpack.
    In conclusion is that I prefer tablets then text books."
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  • +7 +10 -3 Emma Mar. 13, 2017
    "There should be tablets in schools because it helps students improve achievements on their tests. Houghton Mifflin was a publisher that wanted to see if iPad worked better with taking tests than textbooks. And the results were that schools with iPads scored 20% higher than schools with textbooks. This is happening because they have more time to study and have an easier time trying to find there information. Also teachers want kids to score higher on test and do there best on tests and now they can. Also another reason is it reduces the time needed to reach learning goals. It is found that schools that use iPads have a better learning style. For example they are are learning more and doing better on all test of all subjects. Also it's found that schools that are using iPads instead of textbooks are 30-80% higher in learning. That's a big difference. Lastly an average iPad can hold anywhere from 8-64 textbooks. Also do you want to carry 64 textbooks or 1 iPad around. Also there is a lot of information that students need to have for schools. And now the iPads can hold it all. In the end I think that iPads are a good idea for many reasons."
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  • +7 +12 -5 abby Feb. 2, 2017
    "yes we should use tablets"
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  • +7 +13 -6 oh me Jan. 27, 2017
    "yes please.please"
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  • +7 +12 -5 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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  • +6 +8 -2 chris Jan. 19, 2018
    "tablets are the best"
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  • +6 +10 -4 momo Jan. 18, 2018
    "tablets are way better because it can hold a LOT of data that textbooks cant."
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    • +1 +1 0 Anonymous Jan. 23, 2018
      "i agree and textbooks need to be updated sometimes and it costs so much compared to free updates that tablets have!!!"
  • +5 +9 -4 Angelica May. 17, 2017
    "Yes, because they are needed and we wont have to be carrying our text books."
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  • +5 +11 -6 Mia Apr. 3, 2017
    "Tablets are much lighter than textbooks."
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  • +5 +8 -3 Jacob Mar. 13, 2017
    "Tablets are better than textbooks. First they are faster. I know this because a test should that tablets can reduce the time students take to reach a learning objective by 30-80%. Second it takes up little space. I know this because 1,000 books take up one GB of space. Also a tablet with 15,000 books is thousands of pounds less then 15,000 text books and 1,000 online books only increase the weight by a billionth of a billionth of a once more then with no books. Last it can do things you can't do with a text book. I know this because tablets give users the ability to highlight and edit text read to you and write notes without ruining a textbook for the next user. But there is another side tables are expensive but after 50 - 100 books you brake even. That is how I know tablets are better than textbooks."
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  • +5 +9 -4 Delaney Mar. 13, 2017
    "I clam that tablets are better then text book for many reason. One reason is that text books weigh a lot more then a tablet. A tablet can weigh from 1-2 pounds and a text book can weigh up to one pound a book and you usually have more then one. Tablets weigh less and you can still get the same information. Another reason is that a tablet can give the same information that text books can give. Tablets can hold hundreds of information worth one thing and not have to carry hundreds of text books. The last reason is you are not waisting paper. Tablets lower the amount of paper teacher have to print. Paper is really expensive and if you where not spending all that money then you could spend it on better things for your school. In conclusion that is why I think that tablets are better then text books."
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  • +5 +10 -5 archer Mar. 8, 2017
    "less back problems"
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  • +5 +12 -7 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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  • +5 +7 -2 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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  • +5 +7 -2 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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  • +5 +12 -7 dank sphereo the bob Jan. 20, 2017
    "tablets are fun and are cool to read."
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  • +5 +12 -7 Tech tron Oct. 6, 2016
    "We want tablets"
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  • +5 +10 -5 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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  • +5 +9 -4 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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  • +5 +9 -4 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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  • +5 +13 -8 Bob Jr. May. 23, 2016
    "Tablets Are Awesome, For Even free Time"
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  • +5 +11 -6 Someone Curious May. 18, 2016
    "I have a question, who provides the tablets? But I also want tablets."
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  • +5 +10 -5 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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  • +5 +11 -6 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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  • +5 +12 -7 nena May. 4, 2016
    "you can take them any where"
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  • +5 +9 -4 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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  • +5 +8 -3 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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  • +5 +22 -17 vincnet Apr. 12, 2016
    "tablets are technology and we should have online accesses."
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  • +5 +14 -9 Barnie Apr. 12, 2016
    "Saves paper used for textbooks."
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  • +5 +10 -5 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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  • +5 +11 -6 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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  • +5 +12 -7 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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  • +5 +14 -9 sharkisha Mar. 24, 2016
    "I think tablets are a great idea for schools!"
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  • +5 +9 -4 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
  • +5 +11 -6 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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  • +5 +12 -7 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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  • +5 +16 -11 Abby Heinemann Mar. 8, 2016
    "I believe that tablets should replace the textbooks."
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  • +5 +13 -8 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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  • +5 +12 -7 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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  • +5 +18 -13 Ben Johnston Feb. 22, 2016
    "very excellent reasons."
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  • +5 +15 -10 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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  • +5 +17 -12 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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  • +5 +25 -20 crow Feb. 2, 2016
    "I love tablet's in everyplace."
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  • +5 +27 -22 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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  • +5 +15 -10 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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  • +5 +16 -11 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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  • +5 +14 -9 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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  • +5 +13 -8 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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  • +5 +16 -11 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 +6 -2 Chris Apr. 11, 2018
    "With the uprising of technology in the modern era, sooner or later all textbooks will be replaced by a form of technology so why not do it now and help the environment?"
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  • +4 +4 0 Sierra Jan. 30, 2018
    "Yes,because textbooks are outdated.Tablets you can look up the population and all of that stuff."
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  • +4 +5 -1 Lexy Jan. 27, 2018
    "This is the generation of technology, businesses, government, schools, and homes have them. Going from paper to tablets is what most students are going through when they get a job because businesses are expanding. To teach a student about life is interrogating technology to school, such as tablets."
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  • +4 +5 -1 prismarine Jan. 16, 2018
    "While the value and history of a textbook cannot be erased, it is definitely a thing of the past. Tablets have proved to be the most efficient learning tool as not only does it eliminate the burden of having to carry multiple books, it stimulates our brains too. It is not that textbooks are outdated or that they are of less importance, but with the pace of technology and the human brain constantly evolving, tablets are simply better at keeping up with that pace.
    We were given tablets in school and it was a very happy moment for all students, but it wasn't only because we could download games and apps, rather because it was a time saver. It also improved our creativity, engagement and our grades as we were all aiming to find the information as fast as possible and with textbooks, that was simply never possible.
    Critics argue that it is too much of a distraction in the classroom and that teachers cannot make sure that students are actually using it for educational purposes, but that can also be the case with textbooks. At the end of the day, whether or not a student uses his or her book or tablet for educational purposes, is his or her own loss.

    by prismarine"
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  • +4 +8 -4 Banners Dec. 14, 2017
    "I think that tablets are better in every way."
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  • +4 +8 -4 Grace Nov. 14, 2017
    "I feel that having tablets in a classroom is a great idea not only for the environment by helping not cutting down so many trees.But the students they won't have to care a ton of books that weight way to much for a student to be carrying all day long . Which can cause back pain and pulled muscles. It can also show kids fun new creative ways to learn and you can get apps to monitor the screen if you feel some students wont be using the tablets responsibly."
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  • +4 +12 -8 xxjonnymangamer25xx Sep. 29, 2017
    "YESS!!! tablets waste less time and no one likes using plane old pencil and book
    you can also do a lot more with tablets then with books!!!
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  • +4 +9 -5 JONNYMAN25 Sep. 28, 2017
    "i love tablets so YES!!!!"
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  • +4 +9 -5 Anonymous May. 15, 2017
    "Yes! everywhere we are we are always using technology, so kids need to learn to use it."
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  • +4 +11 -7 Jackson Apr. 19, 2017
    "I think textbooks should be replaced, but not with tablets. I think textbooks should be replaced with tacos. Tacos can improve the attitude of students and can also taste really good. Tacos are the main building block of our society, and I think they should be introduced to school systems."
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  • +4 +9 -5 rip textbooks Mar. 28, 2017
    "Tablets are the best"
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  • +4 +7 -3 Phoenix Mar. 21, 2017
    "In my opinion, iPads should replace textbooks in schools.
    First iPads are cheaper. One way they are cheaper is that you only have to buy one per each person. Next the text books you have to print them and/or buy new ones every time they are done or destroyed. That is why iPads are cheaper then textbooks.
    Second iPads are lighter. One way they are lighter is that they only weigh 1-2 pounds when textbooks weigh about 4 pounds. Next you have to carry more then one textbook when you only have to carry one iPad.
    Lastly you can do more things with the iPad. First the iPad has lots of apps which means you can have many different ways to learn. Next iPads can have a app that has many textbooks on it, 100 textbooks on the iPad is 1gb.
    So in my opinion, iPads should replace text books in schools because they are lighter, cost cheaper, and you can do more with them because of apps and other things."
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  • +4 +11 -7 Garius Feb. 21, 2017
    "We need tablets no textbooks"
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  • +4 +13 -9 thatcher Oct. 4, 2016
    "students play on there devices everyday . most kids will fell more comfortable"
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  • +3 +3 0 Kali Nov. 30, 2018
    "I believe we should be able to use tablets because it is cheaper, teachers can see what you do, and it encourages students to want to learn."
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  • +3 +3 0 Wyatt Buchanan Nov. 28, 2018
    "When you use tablets you have this feeling like when you swipe a page on a kindle I think it is is so satisfying comment if you agree"
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  • +3 +4 -1 izzy Oct. 31, 2018
    "definitely, absolutely, 100% yes"
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  • +3 +3 0 Natalie A. Mar. 15, 2018
    "As a student, I have been able to see the pros and cons of using both. When given the option, I 100% prefer a hand-held textbook over reading on an electronic device. However, it is nice to be able to use a tablet that is easier on-the-go. I feel that there should be a balance between the two. Not all students have access to electronic devices when they need them because of their parents' rules. Therefore, I think if there is an online version for a textbook, there should also be a paperback version available for students to use and check out so that they may complete the required work to effectively learn and pass the class."
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  • +3 +5 -2 Sophi Mar. 14, 2018
    "I think Yes, because technology updates and can change on the other hand text books don't update which means you could be getting information from 1920, not likely.... but you know what I mean. text books can be reliable but tech can be way better because when it updates. what if you got a text book and it said pluto was a planet, because it was when the text book was published, but the internet has already updated and if you were to see you wouldn't be thinking pluto was still a planet."
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  • +3 +8 -5 momo Jan. 18, 2018
    "tablets are BETTER than textbooks"
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  • +3 +9 -6 Timmy Jan. 16, 2018
    "YES tablets"
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  • +2 +6 -4 Mariah Mar. 20, 2017
    "Textbook or tablets I prefer tablets what do you think?
    I think that tablets would be better because easier to do things at home and school, Also, they are a lot less money then textbooks. Finally, text books are heavy and tablets aren't.
    One reason that k-12 schools should have tablets is because they are easier to do things to do things at school, and easier to do homework at home. On a amazon fire tablet there is 8-64gb on it and it can hold 1,000 books using only one gb.
    Also, the tablets are a lot less money to buy tablets then a whole bunch print textbooks. It is 50-60% more less then the textbooks.
    Finally, textbooks are heavy and children get injures because of the heavy textbook in their bag. 13,700 kids in the schools get treated with back injuries. You don't want kids getting hurt by a textbook when tablets weigh about 1%.
    In conclusion, tables are better to have in k-12 schools. What do you think?"
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  • +2 +11 -9 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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  • +1 +1 0 Blake Spatz Mar. 29, 2019
    "tablets can make it so children dont have havy backpacks to carry around at school"
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  • 0 +1 -1 Rebecca Mar. 8, 2019
    "Tablets are more fun than boring textbook."
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  • 0 +2 -2 tablet are better. Mar. 1, 2019
    "i think tablet are better because textbooks are made of paper. and when go and turn the page. THE CORNER OF THE PAGE GETS STUCK THEN THE PAGE RIPS. and you DO NOT want somthing that ISN'T YOUR PROPERTY get RUINED."
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  • 0 +2 -2 TABLETS Mar. 1, 2019
    "i think tablets are better because... well... i love electronics!"
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  • 0 +2 -2 yay Jan. 30, 2019
    "they are better for the enviorment!"
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  • 0 +3 -3 Beth Dec. 5, 2018
    "You have a whole lot of books on one device."
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  • 0 +10 -10 mac and cheese Mar. 8, 2018
    "Update new information"
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  • 0 +8 -8 Kenzi Feb. 7, 2018
    "yes ,you waste trees and I like looking at screens it helps me focus"
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  • 0 +17 -17 Bob2 Oct. 21, 2016
    "Tablets are cool"
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  • 0 +17 -17 Yay Oct. 6, 2016
    "Tablets rock"
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  • -1 +6 -7 u Apr. 23, 2018
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  • -1 +7 -8 Ethan Mar. 6, 2018
    "I think they should but they don't have to buy ipads they could have a cheaper alternative like kindles or if kids want to read on a textbook allow them to don't assign them"
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  • -8 +26 -34 ham Mar. 14, 2016
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  • +51 +133 -82 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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    • +1 +3 -2 Jake Mar. 7, 2018
      "You can still flip through the pages and add notes. Also well adding notes you can store them somewhere so that they are not erased but also not ruining the textbook for the next person."
  • +7 +49 -42 Kathleen Apr. 19, 2017
    "As a student who has watched my high school transition from paper to IPads, I have to say I'm against tablet devises because they are ultimately distracting. The similarities between the IPads and our phones, a devise mainly used for entertainment in our modern society, creates an environment where we associate our IPads as a source of pleasure rather than knowledge. However, I believe this issue is mostly resolved if, instead of tablets, students use laptops. Skills on the computer are extremely important for future employment, and it is easier to eliminate distractions through blocking distracting websites or applications through the wifi. Furthermore, there is less association with the phone on a laptop, and it still allows for ease of accessibility for information and online textbooks. Technology within the classroom is a necessity, but tablets are not the end-all and be-all of classroom technology."
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    • +2 +3 -1 Lexy Jan. 27, 2018
      "I agree, but computers might not always be there. They now have tablets to use instead of a computer. Your high school could also add parental blocks on the students' tablets."
    • +1 +1 0 Scot Nov. 26, 2018
      "That's all fine and good, but if they can block things via WiFi on the computers, why can they not on the tablets? If you think firewalls cannot exist on an iPad, that isn't entirely true. While the iPad itself cannot really let anything from inside block anything, through WiFi data will just not be sent back to the iPad, but will just be removed."
  • 0 +65 -65 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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  • -1 +24 -25 Rose Jan. 10, 2018
    "Being someone who already has one of the worst kinds of Dyslexia, I struggle with both tablet and text but expectly more with tablets. I would rather have the wieght of my books then the struggle of an online textbook and trying to read/ understand it."
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  • -2 +18 -20 dana Feb. 12, 2018
    "what if you don't have access to wifi????"
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  • -3 0 -3 sara Apr. 8, 2019
    "students every day are becoming more and more addicted to there phones and electronics the internet is there for muchare people who will use it properly i beleave that student that are not yet in high school do not know u to use it mucherly even some high schoolers we need to protect are stubents the best we can and sadly yes the internet is very helpfull but is also very harmful it can be miss leading and with students becoming more relient on the internet and there phone and not there brians we are rasing a dumer generation"
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  • -3 +2 -5 susie Feb. 21, 2019
    "i think that tablets should not replace textbooks han how will we learn"
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  • -3 +33 -36 Mia Apr. 3, 2017
    "Tablets can cause so many eye problems."
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    • +5 +6 -1 Lelo May. 17, 2017
      "Can you be specific on what kind on eye problems"
    • +1 +1 0 Lexy Jan. 27, 2018
      "Textbooks cause back problems that can affect you for life at the youngest age of 10."
    • 0 0 0 susie Feb. 21, 2019
      "i agree with you"
  • -4 +5 -9 ashley ebzu Oct. 16, 2018
    "not at all"
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  • -4 +45 -49 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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    • -4 0 -4 awesome Feb. 23, 2017
      "i agreee"
  • -6 +11 -17 Sky Apr. 24, 2018
    "hurts your eyes so you can go blind and or need glasses."
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  • -7 +21 -28 Hadleigh Sep. 26, 2017
    "No because it gives the students more chances to cheat with the internet at their finger tips"
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    • 0 +1 -1 Ethan Mar. 6, 2018
      "the tech people could turn restriction on them"
  • -9 +9 -18 sky Apr. 24, 2018
    "still no"
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  • -9 +12 -21 Sage Feb. 7, 2018
    "technology is controlling us and soon will take over the world. so no"
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  • -13 +22 -35 Not a Good Idea Mar. 16, 2017
    "Tablets associate with lots of health problems and for that reason having tablets and using them everyday in school is not a good idea."
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  • -13 +14 -27 damion Apr. 15, 2015
    "tablets would die so then you have to charge there for taking up your time."
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  • -13 +31 -44 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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    • +4 +4 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"
  • -14 +10 -24 Markiplier Jan. 26, 2018
    "No because I grew up in a world where we had to use books to look up something. now, though, VR is amazing, but that's not the point."
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  • -14 +23 -37 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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    • +3 +6 -3 LightBluePika2 May. 18, 2016
      "I strongly disagree, but you do have a lot of good proof."
    • 0 +1 -1 magmischief Jan. 18, 2018
      "go gabby!!!!
    • 0 +1 -1 chelsea Jan. 16, 2018
      "dont let them get you down!"
    • 0 +2 -2 11 year old Jan. 12, 2018
      "gabby, you are too right to be on a page like this. you should be with the pros."
    • -1 0 -1 me Jan. 16, 2018
      "so i didnt like it but it was good prof"
  • -14 +11 -25 Cinderella Apr. 12, 2016
    "Costs of school enrollment can increase to pay for tablets."
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    • +1 +3 -2 Tyson Nov. 22, 2016
      "Then go to a cheaper school"
  • -14 +13 -27 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 +3 -2 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."
  • -14 +32 -46 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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    • 0 0 0 Person Mar. 1, 2018
      "Stuff on the internet isn't always true, but textbooks are not either. (More true usually) Also, kids learn about trusted sources in school, so that way they have that info for later in life. (I can't disagree with the take advantage part though.)"
  • -15 +14 -29 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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    • 0 0 0 Zachary May. 6, 2019
      "Most times the books themselves are stored on the device itself. My school has issued tablets to students and they don't need internet at all"
  • -15 +32 -47 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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  • -15 +34 -49 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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  • -15 +82 -97 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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  • -15 +21 -36 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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  • -15 +21 -36 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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    • +4 +4 0 anon Jan. 9, 2015
      "Neither did using a tablet."
  • -16 +11 -27 Toots May. 15, 2017
    "If students look at tablets every day their eyesight will go bad. Besides You cant edit the textbooks but people can edit the internet."
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    • 0 0 0 Person Jan. 25, 2019
      "Being able to edit the online textbooks is a good thing! Physical textbooks can be outdated and unreliable, but online textbooks can be updated with new and more accurate information."
    • -2 +1 -3 An agreeer May. 16, 2017
      "I agree that is very bad if you have tablets in school."
  • -16 +11 -27 hannah May. 9, 2017
    "Texting during class can cause poor grades in schools."
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    • 0 +2 -2 Drew H Jan. 12, 2018
      "you are totally correct!"
    • 0 +3 -3 An Educated Person Jun. 2, 2017
      "Since when do you text with a school tablet?"
  • -16 +22 -38 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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    • +3 +4 -1 Anonymous Mar. 28, 2017
      "99.99%? Either your class has at least 10,000 students, or one of them has part of a phone."
  • -16 +9 -25 dank sphereo the bob Jan. 20, 2017
    "books are cooler and more fun to read."
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    • +3 +3 0 The book hater Feb. 17, 2017
      "I love a good book but text book suck."
  • -16 +18 -34 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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    • +3 +4 -1 The Milk Man Feb. 17, 2017
      "that's only yours bro calm down buddy old pal home slice chicken tenders."
    • +2 +3 -1 Someone Smart May. 31, 2017
      "Swap them out for andriod then???"
  • -16 +13 -29 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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  • -16 +20 -36 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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  • -16 +25 -41 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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    • +2 +3 -1 Hue Mar. 16, 2016
      "But text books use a lot of trees"
    • +1 +2 -1 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"
  • -16 +16 -32 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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  • -16 +14 -30 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."
  • -16 +20 -36 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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  • -16 +8 -24 Paige Apr. 7, 2015

    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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  • -16 +16 -32 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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  • -16 +20 -36 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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  • -16 +31 -47 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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  • -16 +33 -49 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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  • -16 +23 -39 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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    • -4 +1 -5 hello Jan. 6, 2015
      "what if the tablet cracks or breaks"
  • -16 +34 -50 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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  • -16 +27 -43 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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  • -16 +35 -51 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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  • -16 +11 -27 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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  • -16 +24 -40 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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    • +4 +4 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"
  • -16 +24 -40 MiMi May. 15, 2014
    "The students will take advantage of the tablets and will abuse the use of the internet."
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    • +5 +5 0 Aloha Jun. 3, 2014
      "Access to certain websites can be blocked if the schools allow it."
    • +5 +5 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."
  • -16 +24 -40 tucker May. 13, 2014
    "books you can aford"
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  • -17 +9 -26 Nerd May. 16, 2017
    "Life with tablets cost so much!"
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  • -17 +10 -27 STITCH May. 16, 2017
    "Why do tablets exist? If elementary, middle school, and high school have tablets the world will probably go boom in less than a year. Tablets cost more the school will have to pay more bills parents get mad if there child breaks it or steals from the school. Textbooks are cheaper easier to find easy to replace and much more. Want me to keep going? Well I hope you agree if you don't you probably just want the tablet to play games or to look up stuff you can't look up at home! Well I hope that changes your mind If you want tablets. Hope your family is rich if you break it. ^_'"
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    • -1 0 -1 lexi Nov. 21, 2017
      "so true"
  • -17 +17 -34 Cancer is a thing Feb. 3, 2017
    "i agree that they can cause health problems and sometimes cancer"
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  • -17 +20 -37 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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    • +2 +4 -2 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."
    • 0 0 0 Jeff May. 2, 2018
      "Technology is the answer to your question."
  • -17 +17 -34 nena May. 3, 2016
    "it helps the students writing on paper"
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    • +5 +5 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."
  • -17 +16 -33 Markiplier Apr. 26, 2016
    "Tablets cost a lot"
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  • -17 +20 -37 Jacksepticeye Apr. 26, 2016
    "Tablets do cost a lot of Money, but the books cost less."
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    • 0 0 0 No Mar. 6, 2018
      "no that's not true the textbooks at my schools cost $85 my tablets cost $50"
    • -4 +2 -6 Markiplier Apr. 27, 2016
      "your right"
    • -5 +1 -6 samuel May. 5, 2016
      "you are cool jack but mine cost $50.85"
  • -17 +20 -37 Billy Springer Feb. 2, 2016
    "I think that text books should be in school."
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  • -17 +16 -33 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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    • +1 +1 0 STITCH May. 16, 2017
      "What about google images?"
    • +1 +1 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."
    • +1 +1 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."
  • -17 +13 -30 Red Ortiz May. 1, 2015
    "Tablets GO OFF
    emails, text messages, social media all distract children from learning."
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  • -17 +27 -44 Maram Mar. 3, 2015
    "Won't give students more time to realize their grammer and spelling mistakes"
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  • -17 +25 -42 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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  • -17 +27 -44 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!!!"
  • -17 +22 -39 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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  • -17 +20 -37 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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  • -18 +12 -30 Benjamin Feb. 28, 2017
    "God no tablets are stupid! How will we get an educational outreach for our children!??"
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    • +2 +3 -1 Toots May. 16, 2017
      "I don't know ask God."
  • -18 +28 -46 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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    • +1 +2 -1 happiness Jan. 12, 2018
      "you are definately an adult."
  • -18 +12 -30 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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  • -18 +12 -30 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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    • +2 +3 -1 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."
  • -18 +32 -50 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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  • -18 +9 -27 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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  • -18 +34 -52 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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  • -18 +26 -44 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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    • 0 0 0 Person Mar. 1, 2018
      "I think it is important to realize that some people do their work when we use tech. Also, some kids who don't do their work will get bad grades, and end up with their phone taken away, so they will try harder."
  • -18 +8 -26 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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  • -18 +8 -26 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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  • -18 +10 -28 imagitation Nov. 12, 2015
    "no they are easier to break"
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    • +2 +2 0 tablet Mar. 28, 2017
      "textbooks are easy to rip!"
  • -18 +12 -30 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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  • -18 +7 -25 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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  • -18 +15 -33 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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  • -18 +17 -35 Afpskddjdi Mar. 19, 2015
    "We are all haters and teachers complain about me reading not on my iPad"
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  • -18 +25 -43 Marius Feb. 18, 2015
    "It could take the teachers place."
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    • +1 +1 0 anon May. 31, 2017
      "Why would that be a bad thing?"
  • -18 +45 -63 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."
  • -18 +9 -27 Elisha E. Dec. 5, 2014
    "Tablets might cause brain damge"
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    • +3 +3 0 ahsan Dec. 26, 2014
  • -18 +27 -45 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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  • -18 +75 -93 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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    • +6 +8 -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."
    • +5 +5 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."
    • +4 +5 -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."
    • +2 +5 -3 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:)"
    • +2 +6 -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"
    • +1 +6 -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)."
    • -4 +2 -6 emily f age 12 May. 1, 2015
      "they are NOT playing games, smarty pants"
    • -5 +3 -8 zeus murphy Feb. 24, 2015
      "I agree because I would also play"
  • -18 +9 -27 kj Oct. 3, 2014
    "i believe students would take school less seriouse cause of the use of the ipad"
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  • -18 +42 -60 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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    • +2 +4 -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."
    • +1 +2 -1 Roman Oct. 2, 2014
      "Our school has tablets and it is 25 dollars for the whole year and it covers insurance."
    • +1 +2 -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."
  • -20 +9 -29 Gabrielle Dec. 4, 2015
    "Yong kids won really know how to use the devices."
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  • -20 +26 -46 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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    • +3 +3 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."
  • -20 +17 -37 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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  • -21 +13 -34 cool kid Apr. 12, 2016
    "im a student and i say no"
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    • -2 +2 -4 anonamous May. 12, 2016
      "same students like me need to learn RIGHT"
  • -21 +16 -37 Josie Nov. 3, 2015
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  • -21 +8 -29 poodiepie Feb. 4, 2015
    "SO TRUE"
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  • -21 +20 -41 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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  • -22 +17 -39 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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    • 0 +1 -1 STITCH May. 16, 2017
      "^.^ I agree with all of that except the angry parents"
    • -2 0 -2 Audrey May. 16, 2017
      "I just added angry parents because my parents truly hate fundraisers that come out every other week."
  • -24 +24 -48 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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  • -25 +27 -52 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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  • -32 +7 -39 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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