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Forum Post: Technology for education.

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 15, 2012, 5:23 p.m. EST by GNAT (150)
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Earlier thread by NVPHIL was an excellent post. I wanted to expand on the issue from my suggestion from that thread.

My suggestion was to replace school books and possibly school computers with eReaders such as the kindle fire. A few questions about the possibilities, pros/cons.

  1. Employment opportunity for producing American made eReaders (co-op?)

  2. Creating a business relationship for universities to produce the content and create revenue for the participating universities at a substantially lower cost than the current system

  3. Create an office under the department of education for production and shipping of SD cards with the content in order to cut profit from the cost


One SD card could hold all the book material for all classes for each segment of education.

  1. Elementary

  2. Middle School

  3. High School.

    In all you would need to produce only one SD card, per student, per segment.



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[-] 2 points by NVPHIL (664) 11 years ago

It's past time we upgraded our education system to take advantage of advancements in technology.

[-] 2 points by neutral (4) 11 years ago

Elementary alone could replace around 30 books per student with one SD card.

Middle schools could replace around 18 books per student with one SD card.

High schools could replace around 24 books per student with one SD card.

Thats an average of 72 books per student that could be replaced by 3 SD cards. All the way through their public school education.

Here is an article by the WSJ on the same topic. http://online.wsj.com/article/AP07a39a767a3f4ce8a44e07c2d28ef8d1.html

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 years ago

as long as the students have means to read the cards

I would have guessed a much higher text to memory ration

is pdf being used for book translation?

[-] 1 points by GNAT (150) 11 years ago

You think you could fit all 72 or so on one SD? I have no idea how much data one book consists of so I low-balled the guestamate.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 11 years ago

don't know want an SD is (storage device?)

I hear mp3 players hold many songs and that's audio data which is larger than text data.

Each text letter can be represented by one byte

[-] 1 points by SteveKJR1 (8) 11 years ago

There are already schools out there that use the Kindell - however they are "private schools". Now that is not to say that there may be some public schools that use them.

I know one school in Atlant that was giving the students computers to use but I don't know if it was a substitute for books. Anyway it was stopped because everyone was stealing the computers and got caught selling them to pawn shops.

[-] 1 points by GNAT (150) 11 years ago

The thread is covering the entire structure of how books are created, the public and private rolls of production, and the cost benefit.

Content, distribution, and end user, are all changed in this model. There is nothing of that scope being undertaken anywhere at this point in time.