Will smartphones and tablets lighten schoolbags soon?

While students find the idea of swiping iPads cooler than turning pages, parents worry about the cost factor

Published: 17th June 2014 07:24 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th June 2014 07:24 AM   |  A+A-


Despite being the slimmest with 7.9 mm thickness amongst the Indian smartphone brands, it is packed with a 2000mAH battery (File photo for illustrative purposes only)


CHENNAI: As the Samacheer Kalvi texts are available online as downloadable PDF files, the whole study process has evolved. Though this comes as a blessing for students who do not have to carry the load of textbooks, parents are not too keen to do away with textbooks yet.

Leela Kumar, whose two kids study at St John’s Senior Secondary School, says that while the move would bring some relief to the students, not all parents can afford tablets. “Not every parent can buy his or her child, say a tablet, which is needed for digital learning,” she says. “The maturity to use technology for academic purposes comes with age,” she adds.

S Bhooma, principal of P S Matriculation School, feels that there is still a long way to go before digitisation of books gets practically implemented. “There is a lack of headway in such initiatives. We can only wait and see if this is something for the future,” she adds.

Students, are all for it. S Roshan, prefers digital learning because it is environment friendly. “Learning through gadgets means saving paper,” he says. “There are tablets available for as low as `2000,” he adds. Bookstore owners, say they don’t see the of trend of textbooks changing in the near future.


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