Is technology sweeping away textbooks? Education Secretary Arne Duncan challenged people to switch to a technological way of learning instead of using textbooks. Who wants to carry around one hundred pound textbooks all day? What about all the money wasted over the years to supply and replace old textbooks? After awhile it just becomes a hassle and with new technology like the ipad, we can give students a better way to learn.
We have all walked into a classroom and seen old dirty textbooks lying on the floor under desks, ripped pages, written all over, the cardboard binding starting to give out. After many long years of use these have to be replaced in large quantities which cost tons of money. Another example of the inconveniences of using textbooks is the struggle to really use them on my own to finish up homework. It’s unreasonable to think I’m really going to carry around 3 different large books when I’m only going to need one or two pages out of each. Also, some of the information is out dated in the textbooks.
Technology is starting to show up more and more in schools. For example there are classes, like my English class, which are focused around learning with ipads. Duncan said, “Working with the same material on a digital textbook, when they get to something they don’t know, the device can let them explore”. Like Duncan said in the article, with a textbook you are limited to only that information on that subject where if you were to have a laptop or ipad you would have access to all subjects, all vocabulary, and updated information. Instead of carrying around multiple old dusty books, we can give students one thing that can access all the work they need.
With new technology, we can educate kids better and easier than we could with textbooks. With students having more access, they can work through problems they come upon in their work, and have it easy to carry around. With the world of education changing, this way is more helpful and just a logical choice. No more hassle just learning.