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10-04-2013, 08:01 PM #21
With iPads, you can look up updated information in a couple of minutes. Textbooks always stay the same...
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10-05-2013, 10:44 AM #22
I guess if you're Amish, books are ok. I'm sure that long ago the same was said about 'printed paper': 'Books'?!??! Stone tablets were good enough for me: you could read them in the rain, they didn't tear -- lasted forever!
There's always a curve as any new tech is introduced. We learn, we adapt. We use tech to make us better. The trick is to not let it consume us for the sake of itself but to let us be better versions who we are and to advance the human spirit.
And yes, parents to sign something.
10-05-2013, 01:16 PM #23
On the subject of e-books: I agree that physical textbooks are better and much easier to read, but my backpack is ill-suited to holding 6 textbooks every day, several pounds each. The bottom has fallen out and I've had to repair it many times. The worst part is getting to class and ending up using the textbook for maybe minutes, or not at all. It's not worth it. My solution was to use e-books at school and physical books to study at home. It works exceptionally well.
I do agree that the student should be liable for damage. I'm not sure how these schools are handling this but all the high schools that give iPads (that I know) have an agreement/contract that includes this. (They also prohibit jailbreaking ) But I feel offended that you think all minors take this technology for granted and just want to destroy it. They are very useful and have helped students like me a lot.
And partly as a result of not having restrictions imposed, I had no issues with the update to iOS 7.
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