One of the biggest trends in technology is mobility. Combine that with the potential for saving money in the long run, providing students with up to date information at a faster rate and portability and you have a situation that makes mobile devices such as Kindles, Nooks and the I-Pad perfect for a classroom setting. The use of these devices is just the beginning for converting textbooks from publications that are sometimes out of date before publication to resources that could be enhanced with movies, videos and animation.
Secondly, when you consider the weight of our textbooks, with the average book in the 2-4 lb range, and the weight of an I-Pad being only 1.5 lbs., the use of a mobile device would greatly reduce the load we have to carry from class to class. Additionally, with the average cost of one semester of college books beinng around $300, using an I-Pad would greatly reduce the costs in the long run.
Wouldn't you welcome a lighter backpack and a heavier wallet?