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Dublin school replaces textbooks with iPads from September

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iPads will replace college books in Dublin’s St. Kevin’s College this September when the school year begins again, the college announced today.

iPad with iBooks
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From September first year students in the Crumlin-based secondary/high school will pay €150 for an iPad, which will replace all of their textbooks.  Lessons will be given with the the devices and students will even do all their homework on them. The iPads’ content will be provided by edcoDigital, the digital arm of The Educational Company of Ireland.

And after five years they’ll get the keep them.

Blake Hodkinson, the principle of the college said, “I think this is the perfect solution to the cost of schoolbooks. It brings down the cost of schoolbooks by 40pc and works out cost neutral to the school. And parents at the end of it will have children who are more employable with great IT skills.”

And this is only the start, the college, which was established nearly 50 years ago plans to replace all textbooks by 2016.  There are currently seven schools in Ireland that are issuing iPads to students as part of their studies.

9 Comments

  1. what’s to stop student’s from spending most of the class on social media, all the time looking apparently studious on their sanctioned iPad?

  2. what’s to stop student’s from spending most of the class on social media, all the time looking apparently studious on their sanctioned iPad?

  3. what’s to stop students from spending most of the class on social media, all the time looking apparently studious on their sanctioned iPad?

  4. what’s to stop students from spending most of the class on social media, all the time looking apparently studious on their sanctioned iPad?

    1. It is possible to block certain websites as probably most secondary schools in Ireland already do. There are some parental control features on the iPad that can disable specific apps like YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, but this would depend on how much actual “control” the school has over each device. I guess it’s mostly up to in-class supervision and the individual student’s willingness to participate fully.

    2. I’m more concerned that the kids could become targets for thieves – it is now national news that these children will be walking around with iPads in the bags.

      Also, what’s the detention time for jailbreaking an iPad?

  5. It is possible to block certain websites as probably most secondary schools in Ireland already do. There are some parental control features on the iPad that can disable specific apps like YouTube, Twitter or Facebook, but this would depend on how much actual “control” the school has over each device. I guess it’s mostly up to in-class supervision and the individual student’s willingness to participate fully.

  6. I’m more concerned that the kids could become targets for thieves – it is now national news that these children will be walking around with iPads in the bags.

    Also, what’s the detention time for jailbreaking an iPad?

  7. I’m more concerned that the kids could become targets for thieves – it is now national news that these children will be walking around with iPads in the bags.

    Also, what’s the detention time for jailbreaking an iPad?

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