I think it's great that Althoff is fully embracing technology by requiring iPads for the next academic year.
Please don't be so quick to toss aside conventional books and their impact on the scholastic experience. There is a lot that can be derived by the printed page not only in content but the bombardment to the senses that books bring.
I think everyone can remember the first day of a new school year. Cracking open a new textbook, the sounds, the smells, the promise of new worlds opening up by the scent of each turning page.
Remember flipping through the pages looking at colorful maps while the teacher droned on. Writing in the margins who liked who -- a running calendar of events. Throwing your book at someone that made you mad, or, someone you liked. Turning your dog-eared books in at the end of the year. Getting $75 but telling your parents you only got $50. The passing of the torch from one generation to the next.
Another childhood experience that will go the way of "Leave it to Beaver."