Do you think the iPad will replace textbooks in the classroom?
In some schools and universities, it's already happening to some degree. I teach at a small school, and buying and replacing textbooks is an expensive proposition since we don't get a volume discount. At $100-150 per book, this adds up! And in my state, textbooks "expire" every 7-10 years and must be replaced. We've already had inservice sessions on how to use the iPad in the classroom, and the possibilities are endless. An iPad pre-loaded with all of a student's books would be amazing. No heavy book bags. No torn or missing pages. Students generally take care of their electronics. They like to toss textbooks around. I have been teaching for 28 years and remember using chalk and chalkboards. The idea of one device containing all a student needs--it's the wave of the future.
Most probably. iPads (or their successor tablets) should be less expensive in the long run than buying physical books, and they make learner much more interactive and current.
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