South Korea Looks to Replace School Textbooks with Tablets By 2015
July 4, 2011 12:12 PM
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In addition, South Korea will create a cloud-based server system for its schools that allows students to download textbooks on their tablets
Mobile devices have become a crucial part of everyday life for many people. More recently, tablets have gained popularity as new models, such as
Apple's iPad 2 and Samsung's Galaxy Tab
, have upped the mobile experience.
Furthermore, tablets are
not only being used for entertainment
purposes. More and more businesses and schools are replacing textbooks and print manuals with tablets. For instance, Alaska Airlines replaced its flight manuals with iPads, and American Airlines is looking to adopt the tablet as well.
South Korea wants to replace textbooks
in its schools with tablets as a way of jumping into the digital age. Last week, South Korea's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced that the government will invest over $2 billion USD in the tablet idea by 2015.
In addition, South Korea will create a cloud-based server system for its schools that allows them to download textbooks on their tablets.
The idea is to
make learning more convenient
, as children can simply download a new textbook on their tablet. Students can take online classes on the tablets as well, and the government will count these classes as regular school attendance. Also, children who are sick or hospitalized for a period of time can keep up with their schoolwork using a tablet.
South Korea hopes to replace print textbooks completely by 2015.
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RE: With iPads, no less.
7/4/2011 10:40:44 PM
You don't know Korea. Koreans are very loyal to businesses in their country. Far more so than Canada or the US. Samsung is not the only game in Korea, either. More local companies (less international) also have tablets for sale.
However, for the cost of netbooks, I don't know why they don't focus on that instead. Netbooks are better than tablets. Of course, some tablets will dock into a keyboard and mouse, so maybe I am exaggerating the difference.
RE: With iPads, no less.
7/6/2011 2:26:16 PM
Koreans are very loyal to Korea, but American and European products are luxury items that are high in demand even though they are extremely expensive. The Korean government blocks some products due to lobbying from Korean companies and places high tariffs on the rest to make them much less competitive. Tariffs often increase the prices of foreign products by two times or more. We'll see how much this changes with the KorAm (HanMi) FTA.
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