Tablets are Changing the Face of Education Essay

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With the dawn of the tablet industry comes a game-changing device for the world of education. The features packed into sleek electronic slates provide an amazing experience that eases the learning process for students and the teaching process for teachers and professors. They provide the perfect reboot for the yellowing textbooks in supply closets. Electronic tablet devices are a much more useful tool for today’s education system than the textbooks of old. Compared to textbooks, tablets are a much more cost efficient solution for the purpose they would serve. Digital books on tablet devices cost considerably less than print textbooks, mainly because the cost to print the textbooks would be factored into the price tag of the print version, …show more content…
In 2011, Gartner expects 69.5 million tablets will be sold worldwide in a more competitive market. It expects an average sales price of $423. Gartner said it expects the average price of tablets will continue to decline from there, hitting $300 in 2013 and $263 in 2015, when the consultant expects that nearly 295 million tablets will be sold. (Thibodeau)
Such a sharp trend of lowering prices is caused by the popularity of tablets. They seem to be an optimal solution for those who want the power of a computer in the form of a touchscreen slate larger than a smartphone. As a result of the marketability and user-friendliness of tablets, their sales have skyrocketed. This trend can be seen compared to other electronic devices (see fig. 1).

Fig. 1. Total Cumulative Shipments in First Five Years of Product History (millions) (Morgan Stanley Research).
Because tablets have sold more units faster than any other electronic device on the market after its first five years of its history, and because the growth is projected to keep growing, prices will tremendously decrease, allowing schools to integrate tablets into their classrooms on a tight budget at an ever-growing rate. Electronic tablet devices contain a wealth of features at anyone’s disposal, allowing bookbags to get lighter as more tasks are possible on tablets. The storage space, now running into sixteen, thirty-two, and even sixty-four

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