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    Default Classroom Tablet Dilemma Unfolding in Ireland


    Unlike the "Steve Jobs Schools" in the Netherlands, which made the deployment of tablets in the classroom look relatively easy, the Irish are having a different experience altogether.

    But they're not using iPads in the classroom.

    According to new reports out of Europe today, "a principal [for the Mountrath Community College in Laoishas] called the move to switch students from books to tablets 'an unmitigated disaster' and has ordered new books for the first year classes."

    The ‘book to e-book’ move was deemed a disaster following major technical issues with the majority of the HP Elite Pad tablet devices.
    “We had a number of issues with the devices,” principal Martin Gleeson told independent.ie. “We met with HP yesterday, not for the first time, and they are doing everything in their power to resolve the problem. In the meantime, we have replaced all the tablets with books for the students. The parents do not have to pay for these."

    According to the report, the school is not blaming HP, as the tech maker has purportedly said that resolving this issue is a "priority."

    Source: The Independent

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    The article in the irish independent doesnt actually say what the "issues" were....

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