There are several reason I think E-Readers or Tablets should not replace books in the schools.
#1. Schools are already strapped for cash. The initial bill, for readers or tablets, would be staggering. Then you have the prices of the required software.
#2. If something happens to the software, you have students delayed in completing assignments until a tech can fix the problem. This does not include the disruption of the class and the time wasted handling the situation. You can bet at least 15% to 20% will be in repairs on any given day.
#3. When they are spilled on, sit on, stepped on and stolen, the school has to replace them. More Money. Insurance? More Money.
#4. The back-lighting on computer screens put a lot of strain on the human eyes. I do not know the scientific findings on possible physical eye damage caused from this, but I do know about the headaches, even migraines, exposure to the screens cause.
#5. When you drop a book, you pick it up and continue working. When you drop a Tablet, or E-Reader, you are shut down.
#6. Books can be shared and used year after year and remain in pretty good condition. What would be the condition of and the life expectancy of Tablets or E-Readers?
I am not old school. I am a gadget person. I love computers, Smart Boards, Smart Phones, I-pads and E-readers! They are great. But over-all, books belong in schools.
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