Irish college replaces books with iPads

By on June 2, 2011
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St Coleman’s College in Claremorris, Ireland, has decided to replace school books with iPads, reports the Irish Times. The idea was mulled over amongst the college faculty, students and their parents. “We received huge support from the teachers and parents for the idea – we had 96 per cent support – but in no way is this obligatory, ” said principal Jimmy Finn.

Starting September this year, all the students will be given an option to use an iPad, loaded with various learning apps, each valued at €700 (AED 3,720). This cost is actually spread over a three year period, so no payment will be required up front. The value of this compared to books will only be realized in the coming years. “Parents have the choice to go with the iPad or schoolbooks like it was always done,” Finn notes, but I guess the decision will ultimately lie with the students.

This is a step in the right direction, and it’s great to see a college going all out on the iPad (or tablets in general) and seeing the potential to teach students in an interactive way. As Finn quite aptly puts it, “it is a bit of a unique idea, but we have to continue to move with the times.”


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