Tablet technology is widely touted as the next wave in education. Last year, many school districts shelled out hundreds of thousands of dollars for the new technology. With hundreds of educational-focused applications available in the iTunes or Google Play stores, one may assume that these applications are superior to the traditional methods. Educators cite the engaging and motivational benefits of the iPad and other technologies in student learning. With this question in mind, a team of researchers at Bentley University compared the engagement benefits from traditional paper-based books and a tablet interactive text application “Inkling.” Participants explored this new interactive textbook – Inkling – and the same content in a traditional paper textbook. The case study explored the pros and cons in moving beyond traditional education methods. For our research, we worked with higher education students who owned and used an iPad regularly. We gauged their emotional engagement in the education activities – or ‘homework’ assignments – throughout the sessions. We obtained their emotional engagement data by combining SMI’s eye-tracking technology with Affectiva’s Q-Sensor galvanic system measurement gloves and Microsoft Product Reaction cards. Using this technology, we were able to pinpoint the moments in which students had an emotion response (engagement) with the tasks. At the end of each session, we discussed the qualitative aspects of the interactions, including participants’ expectations and experiences using the iPad and traditional paper textbook to complete the tasks. Our hypothesis was that the iPad interactive reading technology would be more engaging to students and consequently be a better tool to aid their education. In our presentation at the UPA Boston Conference, we will present the sometimes contradictory findings from our case study. We will make recommendations based on these findings for designers – for both traditional textbooks and digital textbooks to keep in mind. We will also explore several open questions our field must tackle as we continue to migrate educational materials to digital forms.