Soon kids in South Korea will walk free from book-laden backpacks, with digital textbooks set to lighten the load on their backs. Last week the country announced its plan to spend US$2 (NZ$2,4) billion on the development of digital textbooks with the aim to replace paper in all schools by 2015.
Apart from the obvious orthopaedic advantages, the improvements to the education system will be significant. Students will be able to access learning material from a cloud-based system, swapping traditional content for multimedia on school-supplied tablets.
And don’t think they’ll be skipping school in South Korea – the system will enable students to catch up on work remotely, so if they miss a maths lesson, the lesson content will still be accessible on the system from home.
Homework will be completed on the tablets too, making “my dog ate it” an excuse of the past.
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