The year 2015 is coming—no doubt about it. It’ll be dissimilar to what most of us had in mind, but it’s on the way nonetheless. Provided we’re all still kicking after December 21, 2012, we’d better be ready for some serious changes in the way technology informs our everyday lives.
One such change has to do with everyone’s favorite futuristic toy…
I’m talking about tablet computers!
“But what exactly do tablets have to do with the year 2015 if they’re already wildly popular now?” you’re probably wondering.
Well, get this:
Just recently, South Korea’s own Ministry of Education, Science and Technology announced that the nation’s primary schools (the overseas equivalent of elementary schools in the U.S.) will begin phasing out traditional paper textbooks in favor of digital ones—in tablet form, to be exact. They expect the transition to be complete by 2015.
That’s right! By 2015, South Korean elementary schools will be optimized to give students a fully streamlined educational experience. The announcement is sure to spark debate among members of the leading education systems in other areas of the world as to how beneficial it really is to make tablets a permanent fixture in classrooms.
According to a Korean daily news publication:
“The ministry plans to provide free tablet PCs for students from low-income families. ‘It will be up to schools to decide which digital textbooks to choose for students in what year in what subject,’ a ministry official said. ‘We don’t expect the shift to digital textbooks to be difficult as students today are very accustomed to the digital environment.’”
The potential for tablets to enhance the learning experience of youngsters has always been evident, but South Korea’s nationwide initiative (reportedly costing upwards of $2 billion) confirms that what was once a mere notion may become a reality in only a few short years. It’s quite a leap forward, really.
In a way, it’s not exactly that big a surprise. Year after year, statistics tout South Korea as having one of the best educational systems in the entire world. The fact that they’re putting this much effort into advancing their schools is practically a call to action to nations still hesitant to get their schools on the digital bandwagon.
A single digital textbook could be updated instantaneously with new information and educational material (on any number of subjects), eliminating the need for parents to purchase new paper-based textbooks for their children each consecutive school term. That’s something any parent can appreciate.
Perhaps one day, when budgetary constraints are no longer an issue, education administrators will push for similar enhancements to classrooms in the U.S.
But what are YOUR thoughts on the development? Is it too much technology, too early? Or is this the kind of practical application of modern technology that the world has been waiting for?