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The Kindle may not be the textbook killer that Amazon expected it to be, but one country is gearing for paper-less learning materials for its schools. South Korea has announced this week that it plans to develop digital textbooks, aiming to replace textbooks on all schools by 2015.

The project, which is estimated to cost over $2.4 billion, would have students access their learning materials from a cloud-based system, combining traditional content with multimedia on tablets that the schools will provide. The system would also enable homebound students to participate in lessons remotely, so that they could catch up with the rest of the students while, for instance, recuperating from illness.

Some schools in the country already have digitized education materials, displaying textbooks through notebook computers. But deciding on what tablet to use for its students would be a tough choice for the South Korean government on whether to go for a variant of Samsung Galaxy Tab or iPad (or any non-Korean made tablet for that matter). The government may even have the option of creating its own tablet for school children.

This project has also re-ignited the debate on whether or not students learn better from printer material or from the computer. Another point of discussion is whether devices that are smaller in size than traditional textbooks would make significant learning materials.

Source: Technology Review, via Engadget

 
 

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Nelly on October 20, 2011 at 1:26 am
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. Here is another article: http://tablettechtoday.com/news/news-news/tablets-to-replace-textbooks-in-south-korea-by-2015.html hope yo find it informative
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