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South Korea to Swap Textbooks for Tablets (6th July, 2011)

South Korea’s government has announced ambitious plans to revolutionize school classrooms and provide the world’s first “smart education”system. It intends to digitize all textbooks in all schools by 2015. This means bulky, paper-based books are out and handheld tablets and e-readers are in. First in line to go digital are elementaryschools, which will switch to online devices by 2014. South Korea’s Ministry of Education says it will invest $2.4 billion to create and deliver the e-learning and mobile-learning materials. EducationMinister Lee Ju Ho explained the need to ensure teachers are sufficiently trained in using the new tech in class. "It's very important to make sure that the two can work together,” he said.
TheMinistry has not yet made a decision on which make of products it will bring into the classroom. Many industry experts predict it will opt for Korean-made devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab rather thangadgets from international rivals Apple or Sony. In addition to digital content in the classroom, the Ministry is also hoping to make online classes available for students who miss lessons. SouthKorea is well known for its embrace of technology and high-speed Internet. A Ministry official stated: “Korean students have ranked first in terms of digital literacy among developed nations…That’s whyKorean students, who are already fully prepared for digital society, need a [major] shift in education.”

South Korea’s government has announced (1) ____ plans to revolutionize school classrooms andprovide the world’s first “smart education” system. It intends to digitize all textbooks in all schools by 2015. This means (2) ____, paper-based books are out and handheld tablets and e-readers arein. First in (3) ____ to go digital are elementary schools, which will (4) ____ to online devices by 2014. South Korea’s Ministry of Education says it will invest $2.4 billion to create and deliver...
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