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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. Chibichuba's Avatar
      Chibichuba -
      That is crazy awesome. I wonder if they're designed to only access textbooks so the kids don't get distracted.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      This needs to happen on the college level too
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Swooosh
      That's the sound of legible handwriting and spelling going out the window.
    1. Zamphire's Avatar
      Zamphire -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      Swooosh
      That's the sound of legible handwriting and spelling going out the window.
      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.
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      pshhh library would be my best friend
    1. dd721's Avatar
      dd721 -
      I would pay $500 for an iPad for my kid. this way they are not hauling around huge backpacks. if it's set up right we wouldn't have to worry about them forgetting their homework.


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    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Welcome to the future everyone!
    1. TJ-Shocker's Avatar
      TJ-Shocker -
      I like the idea, but the big difference between the iPad and textbooks are in durability. I hope they address that before sticking a parent with $500 because his/her 7th grader set their book bag in a puddle or dropped it too hard.
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      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.
      Why would they write it when they can just snap out an email?

      The workbooks, study guides, everything with be digitized within the next 20 years. Physical writing things will be reserved for electives courses taught by 70 year olds who yearn for the old days...

      Not saying its the right course of action, buts were absolutely on course for it.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Wish all this was going down when "I" was in school. I couldn't fathom what our world would be like now if ipads were available 20+ years ago.
    1. infamoushack's Avatar
      infamoushack -
      Haha this is pretty cool. Please put all my college books on my iPads please.
    1. Br@d A.'s Avatar
      Br@d A. -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      This needs to happen on the college level too
      Definitely! But... Half of my professors always seem to be so completely computer illiterate! They are always having questions for the students, about the computers. :P

      Anyone else have that kind of experience at college?! LoL
    1. Br@d A.'s Avatar
      Br@d A. -
      Quote Originally Posted by infamoushack View Post
      Haha this is pretty cool. Please put all my college books on my iPads please.
      Haha, yes please! It might save me money in the long run!... :-)
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      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.
      Dude, I'm in college and work must be typed not written. times are changing
    1. Dazz187s's Avatar
      Dazz187s -
      Quote Originally Posted by Br@d A. View Post
      Definitely! But... Half of my professors always seem to be so completely computer illiterate! They are always having questions for the students, about the computers. :P

      Anyone else have that kind of experience at college?! LoL
      Yeah, three out of five of my classes have reading materiel online.
    1. fojamm's Avatar
      fojamm -
      IPADS ARE NOT TABLETS!!! THEY SHOULDNT EVEN BE CONSIDERED COMPUTERS AT ALL!!!
      WHY IS THE WHOLE WORLD TRAPPED UNDER THE FALSEHOOD THAT THE IPAD IS A COMPUTER?!
      ITS A GIANT IPHONE... NOTHING ELSE!!!

      sorry i had to get that out of my system...

      Edit by mod: Please use better language when posting
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      Technology is amazing when used to entertain, inspire & educate! I have 3 small children, all under the age of 7 and they catch on to my iDevices quicker than most adults.

      I have downloaded my fair share of learning apps for kids because they don't realize they are learning..but they are! Let's face it, this generation is a lot smarter than the generation I grew up in and it's technology and opportunites like this that will make the learning world a much more productive place.

      Imagine all your books and notes for every class on your iPad..emailing homework & reports to your teacher, having video classrooms(once the iPad 2 is released w/ cam) remotely! the possibilities are insane!

      Ok, now time to upgrade to 4.2.1 and jb all my devices!
    1. jordbrett's Avatar
      jordbrett -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chibichuba View Post
      That is crazy awesome. I wonder if they're designed to only access textbooks so the kids don't get distracted.
      That's a really good point. When I was a kid in computer class we played games and the same thing happened in college. No way are 10 yr olds going to not be distracted by an iPad!
    1. McMichael96's Avatar
      McMichael96 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dd721 View Post
      I would pay $500 for an iPad for my kid. this way they are not hauling around huge backpacks. if it's set up right we wouldn't have to worry about them forgetting their homework.


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      Well an iPad is only $500 so why don't you buy him one?!? *hint* (s/he will love you forever)
    1. jacob9706's Avatar
      jacob9706 -
      Middle schools? I wouldn't trust kids that age nowadays.... I know I wouldn't have been able to handle one back then. But high schools and collages would benefit from this.