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Tablets only for South Korea

| October 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

South Korea has announced that pupils in all its state-run schools will use only electronic tablets by 2015. The move means students will download digital textbooks via these mobile platforms. While the country’s education ministry isn’t saying which make or model it will choose for the en masse switchover, it has revealed the cost of buying tablets and digitising materials: US$2.4 billion.

The move to digitise education is part of South Korea’s transition to a totally networked society, and part of a project to create ‘smart schools’ across the country, says the education ministry. The state says it plans to incorporate features such as video, animation, virtual reality and hyperlinks in its digital curriculum. Since 2008, hundreds of elementary school students have been testing digital textbooks on Fujitsu PCs and Samsung Galaxy Tabs. Twenty per cent of South Korean college students will exclusively use iPads and other tablets by autumn of next year.

Publishers predict that digital book sale growth in the country’s US$8 billion higher education market will double over the next four years to reach US$1.5 billion by 2015, giving digital books a 25% share of the higher education market. South Korea has the fastest broadband connections globally – seven times the world average.

Category: e-Education, Spring 2011

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