South Korean kids to dump textbooks for tablets by 2015

We have started to see tablets such as the iPad 2 begin to replace things like book and manuals in businesses. We have previously reported that Alaska Airlines has dumped its heavy flight manuals for iPads and American Airlines is testing something similar. Now a new report claims that the country of South Korea wants its school children to embrace the digital age and get rid of holding printed text books entirely.

According to the Chosun.com web site, South Korea's Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced last week that the government plans to invest over $2 billion US by 2015 to create digital versions of school textbooks. The ultimate goal is to have kids use the digital textbooks only by that date. Beforehand both digital and printed textbooks would be used by South Korean school kids.

In addition to the digital textbooks, the article claims that Sout Korea will also develop a cloud-based server system for its schools where kids can simply download the textbooks they want to their tablet PC devices. Kids in low income families will also be provided with free tablets for their studies. Students could also take online classes from home and have that counted as attending school by the government. Even kids who might be in the hospital for long stretches of time could take and get credit for online school classes.

South Korea has been a leader in evolving its Internet services. Earlier this year the government announced plans to offer every citizen access to 1 Gbps Internet speeds by 2012.

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I love that part!!
"South Korea has been a leader in evolving its Internet services. Earlier this year the government announced plans to offer every citizen access to 1 Gbps Internet speeds by 2012."
We are now doing the same here on Brazil. Only 1000x lower speed, and with a 500M/month cap! \o/

3rd impact said,
my battery ran out will be the new excuse. dogs in sokor breathe sighs of relief.

Still no relief for the dogs. The dog may or may not eat the homework, but the dog gets eaten either way.

This is ridiculous and shows how blinded by shiny technology that the Korean authorities really are. I predict that they will go back to textbooks by 2020.

kingius said,
This is ridiculous and shows how blinded by shiny technology that the Korean authorities really are. I predict that they will go back to textbooks by 2020.

For what reasons you think it is ridiculous? Alright, is new things, but what is fundamentally wrong with digitalised text book? Assuming if the government/schools have a hang in issuing textbooks, all copyright holders will be paid accordingly.

Sometimes digitised textbook aren't the easiest to use but I'm sure they will have desk copies too.

kingius said,
This is ridiculous and shows how blinded by shiny technology that the Korean authorities really are. I predict that they will go back to textbooks by 2020.

Physical books are dead, or are at least dying.

kingius said,
This is ridiculous and shows how blinded by shiny technology that the Korean authorities really are. I predict that they will go back to textbooks by 2020.

You are totally wrong.

Textbook reading time last night: 2 minutes
Angry birds time: 2 hours

(Or insert any game you want). At least they won't forget textbook so often, I mean they might actually have to get off their chair at lunch time.