Last Updated: July 22, 2013
In today's information age, consumer electronics are never far away, especially among young people. According to a new report published by the Pearson Foundation, tablet computers are becoming an increasingly popular addition to students' "what to bring to college" checklists.
The results of the report show just how popular tablets are becoming in academia. Last year, just 7 percent of college students owned a tablet computer. This year, that figure increased to 25 percent.
In addition to the growing number of the devices making their way into college classrooms across the country, many students believe digital textbooks will eventually take the place of print publications. Approximately 63 percent of college students said digital course materials will replace print textbooks within five years. More than half of students responding to the survey said they preferred digital textbooks to print versions.
Among students who don't currently own a tablet, 36 percent of college students and 26 percent of university-bound freshmen intend to buy one within six months.
Some students say that tablets help them study more often and effectively. What do you think? Do you prefer digital to print?
Original Post Date: March 15th, 2012