South Korea to go completely digital for textbooks by 2015

By Emil · 15 replies
Jul 4, 2011
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  1. South Korea's elementary-level educational materials will all be digitized by the year 2014. The entire school curriculum will be delivered on an array of computers, smartphones, and tablets by 2015.…

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  2. edison5do

    edison5do TS Rookie Posts: 231

    That´s a nice move... But that will never go to the 3rd world countries... Sad...
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Or some of the first world ones either...
  4. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,340   +1,436

    "but teacher, my dog ate my battery!!!!"
  5. Holyscrap

    Holyscrap TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +18

    +1 on that. And about (The result will be a relatively small,...) i think the result will be big if other countries follow suite since it will greatly increase demand for such devices which , in the end, will result in these devices getting cheaper.
  6. insect

    insect TS Evangelist Posts: 349   +132

    As a teacher, I would LOVE to have this! No more worrying about students losing textbooks (for which I get chewed out...) or having to collect/hand out textbooks. Also... the excuse of "I picked up the wrong book this morning" won't work! The collection thing is more important though as I rarely use the book and generally just tell them to leave it at home for support on whatever we are studying.
  7. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    Uh oh my Notebook got hacked!
  8. Our fat kids won't have to carry around 30 lbs. of books
  9. And every boy is gonna have a computer?, even the most poor ones?. I don't think this is gonna happen.
  10. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 7,188   +470

    Seems just as easy to lose a portable device as a textbook and if you drop a book, it won't be subject to breakage like a handheld.
  11. S Korea is so far ahead compared to the rest of the world it's not even funny anymore.
    I'm in university and am having to shell out hundreds for (used) textbooks and elementary school kids are getting convertible tablet PCs?

    Come on rest of world, it's time to catch up.
  12. mattfrompa

    mattfrompa TS Evangelist Posts: 553   +57

    my textbook has a virus that deletes all of my homework when I complete it and animates a dog chewing papers.
  13. arkantos

    arkantos TS Member Posts: 46

    this is very good! it will save some tress somehow. no more heavy textbooks to carry. and the rest of the world should adapt to it.
  14. i reckon its a bad idea. simply because it allows the kids to do a number of other things, i have a laptop which i can use at school but i never do as its very distracting and i find i don't learn as much if i use it. also whilst there'll be no more 'the dog ate my book' there'll be even more 'my tablets not working' Simply put its a large waste of money to degrade the quality of learning.
  15. Horace Bowers

    Horace Bowers TS Rookie

    In the inner city the students need constant reminders to stay on task. The use of a tablet is a tremendous concept. It will never work, however, at our "At Risk Schools." Sad
  16. That's with the assumption that South Koreans aren't well disciplined. I don't know if you've met any, but the people I know had to stay around after school ends until midnight or so to study before they went home.

    Not everyone will **** around on a device if so much is riding on their education.

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