Ronan Price: Technology to light way for students
Published 07/02/2012 | 05:00
IMAGINE if the Government gave all our schoolchildren free copybooks but no pencils. Or supplied every school with new desks but no chairs. Or built hundreds of spanking-new classrooms without any windows.
That would be the cynical reaction to the project announced by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte yesterday to roll out ultra-high-speed broadband of 100 megabits per second (100Mbps) to every school in the country within two years.
It's a laudable goal for sure -- and one not without great challenges -- but it ignores the second part of the equation. What good are lightning-quick internet speeds without the computers in schools to make use of them?