A Sydney school has dumped iPads and gone back to using old-fashioned textbooks in a bid to improve comprehension and reduce distractions.

Reddam House Private School will phase out iPads and introduce a bring-your-own device policy with a preference for laptops.

Surprisingly, the school says that feedback from students has been that they prefer pages to screens.

The change is despite claims from experts that removing technology from the classroom is not a good idea.

“I think we need to prepare kids for the workforce, which will include tablet devices” says Sunrise Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg.

“We’ve got to make sure they have the skills to use the devices in the workforce”

Many people argue it is certainly not setting kids up for the way of the future. Some argue as with anything a good balance is the key!

What do you think?

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  • About time! At least one school are using their brains! Bloody ipads, had enough of seeing every kid out and about on the stupid things

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  • There are a lot of distractions on an iPad

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  • Love this! 100 percent agree! How can you work out a maths equation on the screen? I make my kids have a pad and pen next to them when they have online homework, my older daughter is supposed to be online but still uses textbooks- more expensive but easier to read, flick and digest information. Kids will adjust to technology!!they will learn, as they are learning in school they need a variety of learning materials ????

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  • I wish my kids Primary School took this view. They have to have an iPad from grade 4 and I gotta admit, I don’t like it one bit.

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  • Textbooks do have their benefits!

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  • I think banning iPads is a bit extreme. But I do like more text books. Maybe they could find a happy balance using both

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  • Yay! A step in the right direction

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  • A combination of both would be a good idea!

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  • Fantastic idea!

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  • Oh good! I honk that’s great, I really don’t want my kids going to a school who uses iPads etc. I’m sure in the later years of high school would be the best time to learn how to use them in the workforce!

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  • I approve! I’ve been trying to get my daughter to use textbooks for months!

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  • Hear hear! There is nothing like a good old fashioned book to learn from.

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  • Thank goodness for this! Every where and other school should take note. They are destroying our children’s brains. They can’t even write anymore, we’re make them degenerates

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  • I agree with balance with all things.

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  • I know a school that insists pupils have laptops, I’m not sure from which Year. My friend’s daughter changed schools for year 6 and had to have a laptop.

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