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Stephen Maradeo

"$25 per year insurance plan to cover the costs in case of a mishap". Which means if the students sell their ebook/tablet for $30- Profit.

And next it will be a rat race to keep the hippest, coolest tablet- again at the tax-payers expense.

I am all for using new learning tools, but why completely omit textbooks that are a fraction the cost and last 3 times as long?

At least it is safe to say LMISD won't be receiving any new cool learning tools.

TJ Aulds Staff
TJ Aulds

ScrabbleGuy: Actually textbooks cost on average four times as much and are outdated within a year most times......

Doing a follow up story on that part later.....

Lars Faltskog

I wanted to make sure I wasn't the 1st to comment on this, simply b/c I wanted to not be the only one blamed for being a "naysayer" on this kind of thing.

I simply don't think the majority of our youngsters are equipped to take care of an item that can easily be lost, stolen, dropped, or cracked. The textbook should be a mainstay. Furthermore, I don't see how children could learn their multiplication tables any quicker or more efficiently through gadgetry such as these.

As far as "losing", then selling it underhandely for profit. That's entirely possible. No, not possible...that's gonna happenI would imagine that as the schoolyear goes by, each tablet will depreciate (as do new cars driven from the showroom). So, this kind of thing will probably start happening this month.

OMG, the story last night about women selling their positive pregnancy tests through Craigslist surely lets us know that a crafty student could do the same with his/her tax-payer appropriated "tablet".

TJ Aulds Staff
TJ Aulds

sverige1: I had to edit a part of the story out because of length, but every device can be tracked... So if a student reports it "stolen" or missing and sold it, the district will be able to track it.... That is a separate story too to come...

Kevin Lang

Sure, there will be issues. However, I'm sure that these things have remote wipe capability, so if a student reports one of these things lost or stolen, the next time the device connects to the internet, all of the apps and data will be destroyed. Not too many people will be happy to have paid $30 or more for a brick with an on/off switch.

Anyway, there will be issues with these things, just as there are issues with textbooks. Textbooks may last for years, but the information in many of them is outdated before the kids ever get their hands on them.

This will be better on the kids' backs, as the tablet is much lighter than any textbook. I'll bet these tablets are more rugged overall, too. I can also see these things helping to improve security, too, as now kids can carry all their stuff in a clear bag, making it harder to disguise guns, gerbils, and other potentially hazardous items.

From an administration standpoint, I'm sure that there will be lessons learned this year. However, in the long run, I think we'll see that this is a better way to go. Not perfect, but I think it will be better.

George Croix

What size batteries do the old textbooks take, or how long to recharge them?

Kevin Lang

Valid point. It will make it more difficult for the kids to keep studying if they don't evacuate to someplace with electricity when the next hurricane hits. Perhaps the school district should look into solar chargers for them. I have one for my cell phone. Would take a bigger pack to recharge a tablet.

I don't know the recharge time for these tablets. I know the one I have takes about an hour to fully recharge from a near-total discharge.

But, yes, the beauty of textbooks is that they never need to be plugged in or have their batteries replaced. However, if a set of errata pages is sent out, it's still tough to ensure those updates stay in place.

It's certainly not a slam-dunk set of arguments either for or against the switch to tablets.

Lars Faltskog

Not only is it an electricity issue (and let's remember that some folks unfortunately get their power taken away due to bill arrears). So, subsequently, the child has no way to "charge" the device. A perfect excuse to not do a homework assignment.

Couple that with the user issues of some people who simply work better with paper/pencil as opposed to computer devices. As much as we like to say we're progressing toward a paperless society, there are still those who work better with more tangible devices (abacus, flash cards, highlighters) and the like. Being able to turn pages, have hard copies, and the ability to trade and share notes is a lot more productive than fiddling with devices that die due to low batteries, or get broken easily.

I still think that a thief would easily go for stealing a "tablet" over a textbook.

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