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  • iPads May Replace Textbooks in Georgia Schools



    In yet another clear example of the many ways in which Apple's iPad is changing the status quo in multiple facets of life, it may soon become a reality in the state of Georgia where textbooks are a thing of the past. If Georgia state legislator Tommie Williams has his way, every middle school classroom will boast one iPad per student, each loaded with the study materials and course work pertinent to their individual classes.

    "Last week we met with Apple Computers," Williams told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "and they have a really promising program – for $500 per child per year, they will furnish every child with an iPad, wi-fi the system, provide all the books on the system, all the upgrades, all the teacher training – and the results they’re getting from these kids is phenomenal." The real value in making the switch from school books to iPads, however, comes over the long haul. "We’re currently spending about $40 million a year on books," Senator Williams added. "And they last about seven years. We have books that don’t even have 9/11. This is the way kids are learning, and we need to be willing to move in that direction.”

    Although pilot programs involving the incorporation of iPads into the classroom are already underway in many parts of the US, the potential development in Georgia would represent a massive shift from business as usual in contemporary classroom education. And according to Senator Williams, there's a strong possibility the Georgia will pave the way for electronic tablets becoming a permanent substitute for printed textbooks in the classroom.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPads May Replace Textbooks in Georgia Schools started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 82 Comments
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I hope they at least make the move in colleges
      That would be a million times easier than thousands of students scrambling to print off book lists, find all of them, and waiting in line to purchase them. Not to mention all the back problems it would solve from not having to carry them all around! ()
    1. iFrosty's Avatar
      iFrosty -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I hope they at least make the move in colleges
      Thats what i did!
      Life is so much easier now
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Students are paying for the text anyways, they should be able to get them on a platform of their choosing.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      I just hope we don't blow ourselves up before the day that we finally invent the holodeck. That'll be badazz.

      On topic, however... This is pretty cool. I'm a little jealous that out of all the states, Georgia is the one taking the initiative on reading. I mean, come on. Get with it, other 49 states. Except for you, Wyoming. No one lives there, anyway.
    1. Stewie Griffin's Avatar
      Stewie Griffin -
      Do people not understand how expensive text books really are? even in public schools they are well over 100 dollars each, sometimes much more. If you factor in the cost of each revision that comes out, issuing iPads could be cheaper, or MUCH MUCH more eco friendly at least.

      Free iPads for all students, parents cover it if they break it. No more kids with back problems.
    1. DoYouLikeLuxury?'s Avatar
      DoYouLikeLuxury? -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      there are plenty of schools that are issuing laptops too
      Yeah, and have been for a while. When I was in highschool from 2002-2006 we were given laptops to read and send in assignments. First few years they gave us iBooks then they switched to Dells.

      So much porn and emulators were shared.
    1. marnix1991's Avatar
      marnix1991 -
      those are some pricy books
    1. SpikeyDan's Avatar
      SpikeyDan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Stewie Griffin View Post
      Do people not understand how expensive text books really are? even in public schools they are well over 100 dollars each, sometimes much more. If you factor in the cost of each revision that comes out, issuing iPads could be cheaper, or MUCH MUCH more eco friendly at least.

      Free iPads for all students, parents cover it if they break it. No more kids with back problems.
      Right and I can see every parent having a spare $500 if they break them.

      This idea is nothing new. Wasn't there talks about 10years ago about kids getting note books for lessons? At least thats what it was ment to be in the uk.... Never happened.

      Positive though it's a good idea. Apple are obviously doing a microsoft. So everyone will be skilled with an idevice but nothing else. Get a windows user to use a mac. Takes them a while to get use to it.

      All for the movement just need to reduce unemployment 1st
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zamphire View Post
      Because legible handwriting and spelling have what to do with a textbook? The iPads are replacing the text book, not the pen and paper required to turn in the assignment.

      Many schools have already replaced paper with electronic in the field of homework. They make powerpoints and use google docs or sites to turn in homework. Or they bring in a cd, flash drive or even email it.
    1. NArush's Avatar
      NArush -
      I home-school my two kids and they both have iPads. They're way ahead of kids their ages in all subjects. The iPad has been most helpful, along with awesome teachers
    1. Sem656's Avatar
      Sem656 -
      I think it would be cool to be able to use an iPad in school but I just think this is a stupid idea. Plus parents are gonna be mad when they have to pay for their students iPad at the end of the year because the kid keeps it lol.
    1. viperstarpoint9's Avatar
      viperstarpoint9 -
      I hate the idea of ebooks for several reason.
      1. I have paid my college for them and have yet to even see what they look like.
      2. I cant take a pen to the margins. (Yes i know some readers let you write there that's no sub)
      3. When the battery dies you now have to charge it.
      4. You must sync it with another computer to back it up.
      5. Cables are stupid i don't need any more in my life.
      6. Yes they look cheaper in the long run. What about the IT support team and cost of readers broken from abusive or careless students?
      7. And now with the ipad the kid could just jb the device and start watching you tube videos in class.

      This just doesn't seem well thought out that's why all the programs are in pilot from not permanent integration.
    1. punjabi212's Avatar
      punjabi212 -
      My HS never even used text books lol.
    1. Sarge78's Avatar
      Sarge78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TreFlon0007 View Post
      For those who don't think this is a good idea with iPads in schools. Well think about this, put a book in front of a kid and put an iPad in front of a kid with the same book on the iPad, flip open the book then flip the first page with the iPad and let's see which one he chooses. My son has learned so much with the iPad. He is 5 years old and has learned all sorts of math, shapes, and he loves to read books. Not only can they read to you but help you to understand the word that is difficult to say. Now tell me what book out there can do that.
      I don't know of a book that can do that but I do know a Dad that can...me...
    1. TreFlon0007's Avatar
      TreFlon0007 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sarge78 View Post
      I don't know of a book that can do that but I do know a Dad that can...me...
      That's funny, but I agree with you about that and I don't at the same time. I am a father of 2 boys and I gotta tell you that my son is way ahead of his class because of the iPad. Do I feel bad about that? NO I don't. Apples devices are the future of today and tomorrow for our kids. Sure I can read to my son, but he learns much better with the iPad then I teaching him. Some kids are addicted to games like the xbox or playstation and that's the parents fault but people can say my boy is addicted to the iPad and that's ok because there is not one single game on there, it's all education and I'm proud of him wanting to learn from a device that is the future.
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sarge78 View Post
      I don't know of a book that can do that but I do know a Dad that can...me...
      Not many fathers or
      Mothers have time. I work with low income family and they struggle with two jobs, bills and children to feed. Sad thing is these children have to rely on themselves to achieve greatness.
    1. WmSDubStep's Avatar
      WmSDubStep -
      they wouldn't pay for them, it'd come out of bloody money we work for! (taxes)
    1. WmSDubStep's Avatar
      WmSDubStep -
      Quote Originally Posted by viperstarpoint9 View Post
      I hate the idea of ebooks for several reason.
      1. I have paid my college for them and have yet to even see what they look like.
      2. I cant take a pen to the margins. (Yes i know some readers let you write there that's no sub)
      3. When the battery dies you now have to charge it.
      4. You must sync it with another computer to back it up.
      5. Cables are stupid i don't need any more in my life.
      6. Yes they look cheaper in the long run. What about the IT support team and cost of readers broken from abusive or careless students?
      7. And now with the ipad the kid could just jb the device and start watching you tube videos in class.

      This just doesn't seem well thought out that's why all the programs are in pilot from not permanent integration.
      they'll fully charge them before school, then charge at break times and dinner break.

      about forgetting homework: they'll probably give each student a school emaik, add restrictions so it cant be deleted. but i dont think they'd let them take it home, seriously, do you?
    1. bdwayneh's Avatar
      bdwayneh -
      Can't wait to see this play out. My son is in fourth grade (and we live in georgia) He would love to have an ipad to do his school work.

      Only concern is I wonder how long it would take someone to sue the schools for diminishing the kids eye sight from reading on a digital screen all day.
    1. WmSDubStep's Avatar
      WmSDubStep -
      they'll mturn the brightness down and im assuming they wont be on it for whole lesson, if they did, they'd probably give them a slight break.