More than 170 primary and high school students debated the topic of technology versus books last week.
Gladstone Primary principal Matt Delany said the teaching tools would shift in favour of technology over the next decade. "I think that over the next five to ten years we will see a change in the way that schools operate in terms of using technology over books, especially as we see new teachers come out of university who are used to using iPads and new technologies," Mr Delany said.
"I don't think that books will disappear entirely - there is a place for both and it's about schools finding a happy compromise.
"Libraries are still fundamental to schools and books can still give students something that they don't get from an iPad."