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South Korean Schools to Go Paperless by 2015


July 5, 2011
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Schoolchildren in South Korea will see paper books replaced by computer tablets as a government initiative targets its replacements by the year 2015.

According to The Chosun Ilbo, a Korean-based newspaper, the Korean Ministry of Education has plans to invest over US$2 billion in developing interactive content which can be accessed anywhere. Traditional static content will be supplemented by interactive features, all hosted on the cloud.

The Ministry also plans to provide free tablet computers for students from low-income families. “It will be up to schools to decide which digital textbooks to choose for students in what year in what subject,” a ministry official said. “We don’t expect the shift to digital textbooks to be difficult as students today are very accustomed to the digital environment.”

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