What if you could have your whole backpack at the touch of you fingertips? In the first month of the Apple iPads release a whooping 25 million were sold! People all over the world use iPads for all sorts of different things: business, games, media, etc, but one of their finest qualities is the ability to be a textbook. IPads have already replaced textbooks in over 600 counties. Schools in America should do away with their beefy school books and switch to iPads because they cost less, weight less, are more efficient, and can be used whenever, wherever.
To begin, school districts should switch out their textbooks to iPads because they are less expensive. Textbooks become outdated and schools have to buy new books, but with an iPad schools can update them for free therefore they can use the saved money for other programs. In an online newspaper article it states, “…iPads cost between $500 and $600 dollars, which is what Brookfield High in Connecticut estimates it spends per student on a yearly basis for textbooks,” (Saavedra 2). Schools don’t have to spend $500 every year for iPads because they last a while and can be updated. Because they are more reasonably priced, schools should convert their textbooks to iPads .
Secondly, iPads are lighter than multiple heavy textbooks and notebooks so schools should replace books with iPads. In high school, textbooks have an average of 4.8 pounds each, students usually have multiple classes which results in multiple textbooks, which adds up (Glenn 3). A solution to that is an iPad, they only weigh 1.33 pounds and can hold virtually all of a students textbooks (Apple 2). Research shows, “Improper backpack use can also lead to poor posture,” (Backpack 9). Heavy backpacks filled will books can cause bad backs, but since iPads are lighter backs can be saved. Due to the weigh of textbooks, schools should switch to iPads because they weigh significantly less.
Third, schools in America should get rid of their textbooks and get iPads because they have more capabilities. Some might think all of the apps are distracting but the apps actually make iPads more efficient. According to an article written by Simon Saavedra from The Christian Post, “iPads…absorb the need to buy graphic calculators, dictionaries, and other items that are found within the device,” ( Saavedra 9). Textbooks cannot do those tasks, but iPads can easily do them with just a tap of the fingertip. Clearly, iPads should replace textbooks in schools because they have a lot of abilities.
Lastly, iPads are a better choice for schools instead of textbooks because these devices are accessible anywhere at any time. These tablets are perfect for busy school students. Liz Kolb from Academic Search Premier was in agreement with this point when she stated, “They want to be able to learn anytime (even at 2:00 am); anywhere (even at the mall),” (Kolb 10). IPads allow students to access their learning whenever making it easier to get their homework done. Obviously, iPads are a great alternative to books in schools because students can use them on the go whenever they please.
In conclusion, schools in America should get rid of their bulky textbooks and switch to iPads. First, they are cheaper, so schools can invest in other programs such as drama, music, and many others. Also, they are lighter so they will save students from having bad posture. Third, they have more abilities than an average textbook. Lastly, iPads can be used any where, any time. IPads have allowed this generation to have their entire backpack in the palm of their hands.