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Textbooks vs iPads: Students debate

12:20 PM, Sep 19, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - While many high school students across California are lightening their load and switching out their textbooks for iPads, many Sacramento State attendees still prefer good-old textbooks.

According to Apple, high-schools in at least 600 school districts nationwide, are issuing iPads to students. Many students stress advantages in favor if the iPad, including: its lighter weight, space-saving capabilities, and cost efficiency, as downloaded textbooks are cheaper than purchasing the actual books. 

But Sacramento State students have a different perspective, preferring the old-fashioned way of learning.

"I like textbooks because it's kind of hard to read it off of the computer," said freshman Tiana Osborne. "And a book you can carry wherever and you don't have to worry about getting the wi-fi service. One of my math classes, it's an online math class, so it's a lot harder."

"I probably wouldn't use it in the classroom," said freshman Steffanie Eisenga. "I'm afraid someone is going to steal it or will forget it, and I'm just really old-fashioned. I like textbooks. I learn more from actually feeling the pages and truing them and memorizing where things are versus an iPad where you are just clicking."

At the university, students say it's up to each individual teacher whether to allow iPads and iPhones in classrooms.

Last week at a high school in Kentucky, school officials announced that they would be the first high school to issue iPads to every single student. The school has about 1,200 students.

The iPad costs between $500 and $600 depending on the model and accessories.

By: Jeff Maher
jmaher@news10.net

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