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New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

In Fastbreak Fashion
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

Lancers lead the way in the second half. The Great Oak Wolfpack came into Thousand Oaks Tuesday night for the CIF quarterfinals and with them...

Perserving in Penalty’s
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

The Lady Lancers traveled to a neutral site in Anaheim to take on the Katella Knights in the second round of the CIF-SS girls soccer playoffs....

Kanye - He's Back at it...or Maybe Not?
Elijah Brown, The Lancer Staff • February 14, 2024

Kanye West's new album “Vultures 1”, many nationwide were skeptical at first about Kanye's new album considering the controversies he has...

It’s Valentine’s, Baby
It’s Valentine’s, Baby
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 14, 2024

St. Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine, but for others, the holiday marks a day of birth. Junior Chokee Weezer was born...

Health Science Majors Program hosts their senior showcase
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 12, 2024

Last week, the seniors in Health Science Majors hosted a showcase, featuring various professions that they hope to pursue in the future. At the...

Advancing Again
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers left campus during lunch to travel to Temecula for their round two playoff game, and the ride wasn’t enough to stop the Lancers....

Double-Double Galore
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers once again came out of a playoff game as a victor, behind a powerful Trent Maclean performance nonetheless. Maclean powered his way...

Avid Attack
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 9, 2024

A massive performance from standout freshman led the way for the Lancers at Ventura College, freshman Maddie Linville started the game off strong...

Advancing at last!
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Fast start, with no slowing down, your Lancers took down the Chaffey Tigers 3-1. A very early goal from junior attacker Gabriel Torreblanca gave...

Elias Chin ready to take a shot
Onto the Next
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Advancing at last!  Despite a close score after each of the first two quarters, stars Elias Chin and Trent Maclean were able to help the Lancers...

Valentines Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Valentine's Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With Valentine's day approaching quickly, the student store is crowded with students buying Valentine's Grams for people they know -- and those...

Sephora Takeover
Sephora Takeover
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With the rise of popular skincare brands coming from Tiktok, Sephora is seeing a rise in sales but a massive drop in age. “10-13 year old kids...

Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar February 8, 2024

Two The Lancer columnists -- Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar -- have strong opinions about the upcoming Super Bowl. Here, they square...

on the bottom is real animal based leather, while on the top is “vegan” leather, or “pleather”
Vegan Leather is Worse for the Environment than Real Leather
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 8, 2024

Throughout the the past 20 years the interest in sustainability and ethicality has risen immensely, especially in regards to fashion, as the...

That’s Debatable: Are E-books as Effective as Hard Copy Textbooks?

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One of the many differences with online school is doing more reading online. But are online books as good as paper books?

YES:

In today’s classrooms, many textbooks are now available electronically. Some may question whether e-textbooks are as useful as hard copy textbooks. However, there are many advantages to choosing as e-textbook over a printed one. 

With the current student generation’s aptitude for technology, the use of e-textbooks is on the rise. This generation is extremely familiar with electronic devices and is able to navigate the world of e-textbooks with ease. 

A study done by the US Department of Education found that instruction based on technological resources can reduce the time students take to reach a learning target by 30-80%.

Electronic textbooks are also very environmentally friendly and save millions of sheets of paper. Data from Green Point Publishing shows that the paper book printing industry requires about 32 million trees and 16 million tons of paper each year. They also claim that each printed book releases about 8.85 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, leaving behind a huge carbon footprint.

Many electronic textbooks for schools also offer additional activities online which a printed textbook does not. Some offer additional questions, practice quizzes, and integrated dictionaries for example which are helpful studying tools. 

Most e-textbooks also allow the reader to highlight text throughout the book, which  cannot be done in a school-owned printed textbook. 

Although some people may think that accessing a textbook online is too distracting for students, the fact is that we are now living in a very digital world. It is an important learning experience for students to learn how to focus on electronic content. 

Wearing a heavy backpack can be damaging to a student’s spine. Textbooks on average weigh about 2 to 6 pounds. When students are carrying multiple textbooks in their backpack in addition to their Chromebook and other school supplies they can cause significant damage to their neck, back, and shoulders. E-textbooks allow students to carry one device rather than multiple heavy books. 

E-textbooks allow schools to more affordably adopt the newer editions of textbooks. Once a school invests in large quantities of a hard copy book it is difficult to spend money purchasing the new additions. E-books enable them to obtain newer additions with less cost and difficulty. 

There are advantages and disadvantages to both electronic textbooks and printed textbooks, but when comparing the two options the benefits of e-textbooks are clearly evident. 

Written by Grace Williams

NO:

Ebooks aren’t as effective in learning environments. When our whole lives are spent looking at our electronic devices, it’s hard to associate learning with a screen. When I think of learning, I see a textbook, not my computer with my textbook name in my search bar. 

Not everyone has access to devices that these e-books are on. While students with online learning initiatives are given devices to use, not all of them will have access to the internet. We can bring textbooks anywhere, while ebooks are only available at a place with a steady wifi connection. 

How are we supposed to be focused on the reading or math problems when we have access to games and movies on the same device? Teachers can trust that students are learning with textbooks in class, but our computers can be used for so much more. 

“Students are one click away on digital readers from doing anything else besides reading,” NextPage said.

While ebooks can be skimmed, textbooks help the student slow down and process the information they’re reading. 

“Ebooks are designed for speed with skimming, scrolling, and linking. But physical books are designed for slow processing, with larger pages, no links, and concentrated singular lines of thought,” TheBestSchools said.

With all the chaos that ensues after school ends, some students don’t have time to do their homework until late at night. If they are using an ebook right before they go to bed, it will be more difficult to fall asleep and even then they’ll be tired in the morning. The light of your lamp doesn’t do the same amount of damage as the light on an electronic device.

If some students use ebooks and some use printed books, how is the class supposed to read along with each other and understand what page they’re on? When transferring a book onto an ebook, the pages change, especially if another font or font size is chosen.

When not everyone has access to ebooks and it’s harder to work alongside others, why shouldn’t we stick to what we know and continue to use hard copy textbooks? I would rather lug around a heavy book than not sleep because I needed to use my computer to read my biology chapter. Ebooks are good for many reasons, but textbooks remain a better way to learn in school. 

Written by Millie Alba-Sommers

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