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21 Nanjing Schools to Launch iPad e-schoolbag Trial

Date: 2012-09-18

Twenty one public primary and secondary schools in east China's Nanjing city have launched an iPad e-schoolbag trial, reports Modern Express.

The iPads will be installed with all tools needed for learning, and many recommended websites will help the students to understand the world better and faster. [Photo: Agencies]

Twenty one public primary and secondary schools in east China's Nanjing city have launched an iPad e-schoolbag trial, reports Modern Express.

Students in Jinling High School's preparatory class for universities in the United States have been equipped with a new iPad, each weighing less than 700 grams. They just spend less than 200 yuan (32 US dollars) to download the e-textbooks. In addition, a pen and a notebook are all things they bring to school.

Their teacher says that the book fees now are only a tenth of the previous. The weight of original textbooks from America which student used previously totaled 5 kilograms, with the cost of 2 or 3 thousand yuan per year.

"The school has set access privileges on the iPad," said Meng Qun, a teacher at the school. "Students can surf the official websites of foreign universities, browse English-language newspapers and download English original novels and biographies but not chat with QQ or some certain social networking services such as Renren.

"The iPads will be installed with all tools needed for learning, and many recommended websites will help the students to understand the world better and faster.

"Students now are busy learning because they have to finish the SAT and TOEFL exams for applying to American universities this year. They have all accepted this new approach of learning," added Meng.

And Hong Guang Middle School, a public junior high school in Nanjing, has also introduced the iPad into its first grade classes and students are already proficient with them.

The iPad in the e-schoolbag trial are all at school's expense. Students do not need to pay for them.

At least 50 countries, including the United States, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, are reportedly planning to or have already introduced e-textbooks. For instance, the government of New York City has invested 1.3 million US dollars to buy 2,000 iPads for the iPad teaching pilot project.