We’re heading to a future where less trees will be cut down to produce paper books and notebooks… That’s proved once again by the South Korean initiative regarding the total digitalization of textbooks by 2015. The authorities want to replace the paper textbooks with e-readers and tablets in 4 years, it seems.
By 2014 all of the elementary level educational materials will be available in digital format and by 2015 everything related to education will reach this stage, being available on smartphones, computers and tablets. $2.4 billion will be spent on this modern gear and the digitizing process. Some schools in South Korea are already using this technology, relying mostly on notebook computers and not so much on tablets.
The iPad is the obvious choice here, although local products such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab will have a certain advantage. Will the pupils be drawn to knowledge if it does not come from a book? That’s the big question!