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Tablets to completely replace textbooks in South Korea by 2015

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Tablets to completely replace textbooks in South Korea by 2015
Wave goodbye to your paperback textbooks if you're a student in South Korea – the country's Ministry of Education approved the digital revolution replacing them with tablets or ebooks completely by 2015. The initiative translates into $2 billion of spending, but the end result will mean that all textbooks will be digitalized and additional multimedia resources be made available.

To access the textbooks, students will get free tablets, while the books themselves will just be a download a way, much like the way books are now sold on online retailers like Amazon or Barnes&Noble. And while the initial investment might seem big, after all it will free parents of the growing burden of pricey textbooks. 

“It will be up to schools to decide which digital textbooks to choose for students in what year in what subject. We don't expect the shift to digital textbooks to be difficult as students today are very accustomed to the digital environment,” a ministry official said. There were no details about the devices that will be used, but Korean companies like LG and Samsung look like the most likely candidate brands. 

While such a transition is not widely planned stateside, we've seen some states like Maine already approve spendings of some $200,000 bringing iPad 2s to kindergarteners in an attempt to increase literacy.


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posted on 04 Jul 2011, 06:50 1

1. BlowJobs (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Jun 2011)


This is such nonsense. Those little kids will spend all day dropping the tablets on the floor, spilling juice on them or scratching the screen with the first thing they grab a hold of. How are they going to do their homework? Will parents have to buy a tablet or will the school system provide one to each student for free?

posted on 04 Jul 2011, 08:25 1

2. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


bags get thrown, stomped on, shoved when getting into busses, piled on, lunch drinks spill, sandwiches get smeared.... and thats all on the way to school the first day on the inside of their school bags which also have their tablets.... good luck it lasts day #2

i remember my text books.... they been through the ringer.... then again... i'm not s.korean.... maybe they are gentle little lambs with their books.

...article says "tablets". do parents get to choose that "freebie" or will Apple be forced on those poor kids?

posted on 04 Jul 2011, 10:27 1

3. G-Reg (unregistered)


Forget your dated reality blowjobs and messiah. These kids have a much more interactive and easily portable learning environment. Yes it will be a lesson in responsibility, but you will also have to realize these tabs will more likely than not be made a little rugged (recessed screens at the least).

I only wish the U.S. would follow suit. Saddly we are a country trying to keep afloat by helping old industry. Hemps illegal due to news paper and logging industry.

Thumbs up to inovating countryies

posted on 04 Jul 2011, 22:51 1

4. Whateverman (Posts: 3203; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Something just doesn't seem right about this. I'm all for technology in the classrooms, but what about the ongoing cost of each tablet? If they are damaged who replaces them? Does this make every kindegardner carrying a $600 - $800 tablet in their book bags be a potential target to thieves? IDK, there are just a lot of unknown variables here.

posted on 04 Jul 2011, 23:48

5. ToneDef (Posts: 39; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


People may throw a lot of "if's ands or buts" at this, but the S Koreans are going ahead. The most digitized country on the planet will be quietly getting on with it and increasing their lead on other countries while the rest continue grumbling about 'spilling juice' on the hardware and losing sight of the big picture.

posted on 08 Jul 2011, 06:03

6. ZacharyL (unregistered)


This is like a digital slate nothing more nothing less which uses education as an excuse to sell more tablets at a high price tag. Read this article if you want to find more information :http://tablettechtoday.com/news/news-news/tablets-to-replace-textbooks-in-south-korea-by-2015.html

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