Technology in the Classroom - The Real Deal
A comparison between costs dramatically shows that the old fashioned textbook is so much more affordable. Even with a cheaper device as seen from the above figure, the costs for new technology are still higher than a textbook. One may claim that errors in a textbook are a lot easier to correct or update. There are good textbooks and there are low quality textbooks. Proofreading and reviewing learning materials do not really depend on the medium. Updating a textbook does go through expensive printing, but new editions come with revised content and the costs of developing and updating the content are likewise independent of the medium of delivery. One common mistake that leads to the notion that technology is cheaper involves not placing a price on content. Everything is really just a medium. The content is not free and probably the most important factor unless a school system is satisfied with poor or erroneous content.
The last factor, the most important of all, is asking whether technology enables better learning. To this question, there have been several posts in this blog that already tackled this issue. You could find this by clicking on the "Technology in Classroom" label on the right sidebar of this blog or by visiting the following link, Techonology in the Classroom posts.