Books to be replaced with iPads
Remember when we all walked to school or got the bus, on your first day of secondary school? Apart from the trepidation of a new school, the one thing we all recall is the burden of the enormous bag weighing you down.
Well for one west Dublin school, the days of your bag weighing more than you do are over.
First year students at St. Kevin’s College will swap their bags for the lithe and back-friendly iPad. For a fee of €150, students will receive their iPad, which will contain all their schoolbooks downloaded and ready to use. The iPad will also be used for school and homework.
Blake Hodkinson, principal at St. Kevin’s, has stated that the iPad’s will “bring alive” education.
“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.”
The school is looking to phase out books completely within the next five years.