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SourceMONTGOMERY, Alabama --
Two Republican legislators are proposing the state sell up to $100 million in bonds to buy electronic tablets or similar devices for Alabama students in grades nine through 12.
Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville and Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville said that would allow the students to get digital textbooks, which are cheaper than printed textbooks. Dial said the savings on textbooks should be sufficient to pay off the bonds.
The two legislators said the pen-enabled tablets will hold all the textbooks a student needs. The tablets could also be used by the students to do their homework and to take tests, which will reduce the amount that schools spend on paper.
Not having to carry around a bunch of heavy textbooks sounds great. Obviously there would be much savings on consumables like paper, pencils, pens, and books. I think it would be a huge initial cost to train teachers and set up software/hardware. Text book companies will probably end up charging as much for digital books as they already gouge with regular books, but at least your kid won't destroy or lose a textbook. If these tablets can be obtained for ~$100 (wishful thinking for government contracts) I think this will work out pretty well. So much to think about how this could work, but I really hope that it does. lol at my home state of Alabama (darn near worst school system in the nation) for pushing this.
You guys think this is viable?