Are Printed Textbooks Disappearing?

More and more students are learning on iPads

5 March 2012

A recent PC World article reported that an increasing number of preuniversity schools are using iPads in the classroom. Teachers interviewed said the tablet computers are especially helpful for students with special needs. Although they are still in the minority, some teachers use iPads to introduce or enrich textbooks’ content. And Apple recently launched a new section of its e-book app store specifically for textbooks. The article quotes college students as saying that they’ve stopped using printed books: They buy e-textbooks instead and save money.

Will tablet computers completely replace printed textbooks in the classroom? Why or why not?

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