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On April 1, 1976, one of the greatest American companies was created: Apple Incorporated. From that point on, tablets were never the same. Apple has paved the way for tablet devices in the field of technology. Apple is mostly known for their Macintosh computers, which were first unveiled on January 4, 1984, but on April 3, 2010 Apple outdid themselves once again with the the invention of the iPad. The iPad is an all-in-one tablet-like device. With the iPad learning is able to “go way beyond the classroom” ( With the invention of the iPad, it has changed the way people learn, especially in the field of education.
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One major impact that iPads have on the field of technology is the accessibility of e-textbooks. Every year more textbooks are becoming available as e-textbooks. Apple specifically has there own application, iBooks which is an application that can store numerous textbooks. "Tim Cook said the iPad had been 'embraced by education' as a learning tool, with iBooks textbooks now available for 80% of US high school core curriculum" (Page 1). Many major textbook publishers are creating ebooks for Apple’s book application, iBooks. “McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and Houghton Miffin Harcourt all partnered with Apple to have digital e-books” (Campbell 1). With more books being added to the iBooks application, it looks as though e-textbooks "may eventually become mainstream" ( Choi 2). Another aspect of the e-textbooks which make them very accessible to students is that the e-textbooks are available to many devices. The effect that e-textbooks have had on education does not stop at the accessibility factor but also how Eco-friendly the books are.
E-textbooks have many benefits which in return have a positive impact not only in education but the environment as well. “Think of all the paper they can save by replacing all those textbooks, worksheets, handouts, etc.” (Wainwright 1). Just thinking about how many copies are made everyday is astonishing. Lynn Russman, a middle school teacher stated, "'we're using paper less and less'" (Utterback 2). With the use of e-textbooks teachers are able to cut back on paper usage, with the physical books and the paper worksheets that go along with the readings. “Using the iPad to replace textbooks with digital version not only paper, but money too (Wainwright 1). Many people believe that ebooks will cost more than traditional textbooks.
Vineet Madan, senior vice president of strategic services for McGraw-Hill, dismissed fears that the $14.99 price tag given to the Apple textbooks would undermine the sale of printed textbooks, reasoning that, on average, our US text books cost $75 and is used for five years, averaging out to $15 a year (Campbell 1).
An additional benefit of etextbooks that also reduces the cost, is that schools do not have to pay to have damaged books rebounded each year. Correspondingly, “teachers and parents don't have to worry about replacing lost and damaged books” (Wainwright 1). Supplementary to the effortlessness of checking out books, e-textbooks are able to keep students up to date.
Carol Horner, the Director of Technology at the Wesleyan School, stated “it's common knowledge that textbooks are often out of date as soon as they are printed” (Horner 1). Knowing how quickly traditional textbooks become outdated is one major benefit of the “new and improved” e-textbooks. “Now digital textbooks are emerging intended to better engage students and keep them up-to-date on the latest research” (Choi 1). With the use of e-textbooks and iPads, children have an infinite amount...

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