According to reports, the South Korean government is looking to digitize all textbooks for elementary, middle and high school students by 2015. On top of that, they are looking to create a cloud based system where students will be able to access data and software on their smartphones or tablets instead of using personal computers or heavier laptops. It sounds like a pretty good idea and one step towards the future.
As it stands, there are schools around the world that are slowly incorporating the use of technology in their education system using laptops and computers within classrooms, but perhaps none on the same scale that South Korea is looking to achieve. The entire system is said to cost KRW 2.2 trillion (US $2 billion) which include converting textbooks to digital with links to various multimedia content, establishing massive servers and WiFi networks within schools, and also provide free tablets for students from low-income families.
No word on which company the South Korean government will go for in terms of their smart devices, but chances are it will be home-grown brand Samsung. What do you think about school kids walking around with Samsung Galaxy Tabs? Let’s hope that they will focus on their work rather than playing rounds on Angry Birds instead.