Will the weighted horror of textbooks ever vanish into thin air? Let’s hope so because the lines of text that seem to drone on bore everyone I know. But if I can’t get the information itself to go away I’ll side with Secretary Duncan on tablets. Transferring information from textbooks to tablets is a simple copy and paste procedure. Everything is already typed up and save on the computer, so why not transferr it? The fact is textbooks to tablets is the way to go.

Secretary Duncan’s challenge is easily achievable. With most schools now carrying some form of apple devices, whether it be an iPod or iPad, every on of those devices can have a book uploaded to it. These tablets are light weight and fast, unlike textbooks which weigh you down, and require you to use a glossary or index to find something. Another downside of textbooks is they cost too much to update every year. Each year I look in my textbook back to the list of Presidents, and it stops at Geroge Bush (after Clinton)! Then I look at the publishing date which reads 2005! With tablets for textbooks a simple tap on the “Update” icon will give you the most recent and correct information.

Textbooks give us boring and seemingly pointless information, that quickly loses our attention. This results in us slamming the book shut and saying we “read it”. The idea of it being on a tablet is exciting enough, but if the writers can incorporate videos and maybe some simple games, we’ll be dying to read our “textbook”. Two of my teachers already do this, in math we learn our daily lesson through videos, and in English we learn vocabulary through a website called “quizlet.com”. Also in my English class we have iPads for every student, so if we’re already using tablets in class their is no excuse not to

Kids in this generation are constantly adapting to the technology they grew up with. Therefore the teacher must do their job and teach the kid in the way they learn, otherwise it’s neglecting on the teachers part. Why waste life lugging around books when you can carry one small, light, and simple device? Buck minster Fuller once said “I just invent, then wait until man comes around to needing what I’ve invented”. Right now Apple is waiting around for us to realize we need tablets not books.

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