E-book 'disaster'? Sometimes it's the simple answers that work best
Although the ‘book to e-book’ switch is of benefit to students’ back health, sometimes it's the old-fashioned, economical solution that works best.
One Irish woman has discovered her simple answer to the heavy school-bag problem has been an effective one so far this year.
Margo Fleming, owner of Book Splits, said her method of halving books and binding them again has been a popular choice for parents since September.
“I was at a school in Dublin on Monday night and every parent, bar one, in the room bought a pack to split their child’s books,” she told independent.ie.
“Parents are thinking about their child, their child’s back and their child’s health. The reaction has been very positive.
“I’m not trying to compete with tablets and e-books, but it’s a solution for those who are still using school-books.
“There are pros and cons with the tablet idea. I think it’s balance is the key for the child’s health.
“I don’t know if technology is the answer. I don’t know if e-books are the right tool.”
Margo speaks following the announcement of a Laois secondary school principal this week that their switch from books to e-books had been an “unmitigated disaster”.
Families of students at the Mountrath Community College in Laois paid €550 for the devices at the beginning of the school-year, but principal Martin Gleeson told independent.ie the students had a number of issues with the devices.
He has since replaced all the students’ e-books with traditional books once again and is awaiting tablet provider HP to solve the issues.
“We’re not blaming anyone, HP have said the issue is a priority for them,” Mr Gleeson said.
In a letter sent to parents, Mr Gleeson wrote, “The roll-out of e-learning which involved the use of HP Elite Pads and e-books should have been an exciting and new way of moving forward.
“The HP Elite Pad has proved to be an unmitigated disaster. We have met with HP representatives on a number of occasions to address the issues.
“To ensure stability and continuity of education I have ordered a full set of books for all the students.”