When Steve Jobs announced in 2010 the new iPad, technology experts and education experts praised the tablet computer's potential for changing how students learn. Professors and teachers discussed how tablet computers could help students access a wider range of e-textbooks, articles, even fluidly take notes during lectures. Students; however, have not jumped at the chance to use the new tablet technology specifically for textbook assignments. In fact, many students prefer the paper textbook to an e-textbook. According to an article in Inside Higher Ed, students enjoy the mobile capabilities of tablet technology; however, they are not using these tablets for reading e-textbooks.
According to the article, students use their tablet computers to track assignments, coordinate schedules, and read articles pertaining to the course but not their textbook assignments. Educators speculate that students may not place value upon certain facets of the tablet computer technology such as e-textbooks, and these students may choose to find textbooks more economically priced through rentals or used books. With textbook publishers seeing the value of e-textbooks and professors choosing e-textbooks for courses, students may be forced to re-think how they use their new tablet computers.
You can read more at Inside Higher Ed.