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We have just weighed our sons’ school bags. The older one’s bag weighs 27 lbs. while the younger one’s weighs 31 lbs.
We worry about them lugging their bags through six flights of stairs and how it will affect their bones and growth.
About two years ago my friend Patrice wondered if the school our kids go to would transition to using tablets, instead of carrying multiple textbooks on a daily basis.
The school responded to parents’ complaints by installing lockers for the older kids, that’s why my older son’s bag weighs 4 lbs. less than his brother’s. Still, it weighs a ton.
The school also built ramps all the way to the third floor to help the kids lug their heavy wheeled baggage upwards.

Now comes Apple’s iBooks Textbooks and school will never be the same again.
If and when this comes to our country, what worries me is how can some parents afford the tablets, and how would one deal with theft that happens in schools everywhere?
When I was in grade school I lost a wallet, money, a collection of really cute sharpeners, and a bag containing a huge boom box—but losing all of that wouldn’t hurt as much as losing one’s iPad.
Do you support iPads as textbooks, or should we stick to the old?

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 27 and 31 lbs! *jawdrop* that is too much!! I have an interim solution for the problem of bringing them from school and back. You can either borrow an old set of books from someone from a higher batch (since not all the books change year on year) or buy a complete set of the text books to keep at home (then donate them once your boys are done with them), so that your boys don’t need to bring them home every single day. I vaguely remember that someone in my family did this, my youngest brother maybe since his… Read more »

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What a great idea! Although it would only work for textbooks without activity pages inside. Still, it could have significantly lighten my bag had I done this!

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Speaking as someone who suffers from scliosis, I can relate to the problem of heavy bags. I’m still prone to carrying heavy bags because I have a tendency to “bitbit ang buong bahay”, so to speak. 🙂 In elementary, I had to carry two bags because hindi kasya talaga sa isang regular bag lahat ng books at notebooks na kailangan. And to think we only half-day sessions. To make things worse, I developed asthma around age 9 so even one flight of stairs was more than enough to start me wheezing. So every morning, our male helper had to come… Read more »

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I love real books and the feel of paper, and I was totally against e-books. But I had to eat my words just last month when I downloaded several novels on my Iphone because I went out of the country and didn’t want to lug a thick book in my purse. After seeing the video, I am totally sold, but only for textbooks 😀 I remember when I was a kid and can’t imagine what a tundra or a savanna looks like, hindi pa uso internet nun, having graphics and videos on your “textbooks” would have certainly helped.  When I… Read more »

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veggyogi8

iPad rules!

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Why not put lockers inside the classroom so they can leave the tablets there at the end of the day then use real textbooks at home?
But then again, the people working there can pry the lockers open and steal them over the weekend. Ugh.

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CVS Reply:

yup. tablets are trouble

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rider162

There’s always an app that will track down where your ipad is. I know my husband uses one to track down our iphones. Question is, even if you find the culprit, will you be prepared to put up a fight in case that person turns nasty on you? Also you do need another iphone or ipad to track. Maybe the schools implementing it can help by installing such an app and track everyone’s ipad. It can be the equivalent of their “lost and found” committee back in the old days except this only tracks ipads. IMHO, I think it’s also… Read more »

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I very much remember my elementary years. My parents would spend thousands on new textbooks tas siguro 1/2 lang each textbook  papag-aralin namin tas they’re so heavy pa. To make matters worst we were required to bring them everyday plus notebooks. Eh I used to have 10 subjects everyday back then, so that’s 10 textbooks, 10 notebooks and some other necessities. I even stopped bringing lunch to school and just buy lunch sa cafeteria or outside campus para lang medyo gumaan bag ko. I used to carry 2 bags before and that’s everyday. Buti yung iba kong classmates na malapit… Read more »

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it’s also my concern when i read that la salle-greenhills would start using tablets. a single lost book can easily be replaced, but what about a costly tablet? like you Ms. C., i lost many of my things when i was in grade school. my classmates liked to steal my things even if they’re well provided by their parents. who can tell that a young child would not be tempted to steal a tablet. however, the creepy scenario is not losing this gadget in school, it’s the risk of putting the child’s life in danger outside his/her school. malakas ang… Read more »

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Amazon tried to push this idea not so long ago but didn’t do too well due to the limitations of the kindle’s technology at the time (i.e. it wouldn’t be so interactively rich so to speak compared to what tablets can achieve now). The licensing agreement for the OSX only based ibook author editing application is completely unfair towards authors, only allowing them to profit from Apple’s own ibookstore. In my opinion, when it comes to educational content and publications, it should be accessible across all tablet/mobile devices operating system platforms. Kids/students shouldn’t be stuck to using just one company’s… Read more »

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Pia M

Arkin loves Textbooks on his iPad2. He was so excited to show it to me first time he acquired it. Days later, he had news for me that he aced an Algebra lesson, whereas earlier in the quarter he was so worried about the introduction to Algebra they were about to study. I’m soooo glad–unlike me–my kids love school AND that they actually find ways on their own to discover how to cope. Thanks to their knowing how to use technology in a positive way, of course. Hope other parents also encourage their kids to do this, so the country… Read more »

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textbooks on ipads are cool, but expensive. for now, because of the constraints of theft and technology in the Philippines, it is much better to hold the physical books. on the issue about the weight of the textbooks, dapat yata, hindi laging dala-dala ng mga bata ang mga books every day, unless required. lockers are a good idea, but again, are these lockers secure? kasi mahirap naman magiwan ng gamit ang mga bata sa locker tapos may magnanakaw rin lang.

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