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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.

Now, 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: US school system
By chiadog on 7/5/2011 4:09:30 AM , Rating: 2
1) Incompetents
2) Pedophiles
3) Wimped by the system
4) F*cking nuts
5) Underpaid
6) Overworked

Those problems don't just apply to US school systems.

And tablets? Meh. I like books I can write on, highlight, and/or make notes on (no, drawing on the tablet isn't the same). It is just the way I learn. Tablets doesn't do it for me. Not to mention how unergonomic it is to hold something flat and inflexible.

RE: US school system
By wordsworm on 7/5/2011 10:32:26 PM , Rating: 2
They're talking 2015, which is a good 3 1/2 years from now. I fully expect tablets to go through a third generation of evolution in that period of time. Think about how different modern tablets are compared to the previous (pre iPad) generation.

RE: US school system
By lagomorpha on 7/6/2011 4:01:39 AM , Rating: 2
"I like books I can write on, highlight, and/or make notes on"

These things are generally discouraged in books provided by public schools...

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