An Irish’s school attempt to modernize its textbooks is being called an “unmitigated disaster” by principal, Martin Gleeson. The institution decided to switch to HP’s Elite Tablets was the result of a year and a half of research and planning – which proved unmatched for HP Tablets. They reportedly are failing to turn on, spontaneously going to sleep, looping during automatic repairs and updates, and even failing to connect with the school’s Wi-Fi.
The parents of students from Mountrath Community College in Laois were responsible for purchasing the tablets for €550, but since they are not working as planned, the school is replacing them with ordinary textbooks, without charge.
In a letter sent to parents, Gleeson said, ” 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.”
While HP has failed to remedy the situation, Gleeson is surprisingly not outraged with the faulty devices, saying, ” We’re not blaming anyone, HP have said the issue is a priority for them.”
While students of Mouthrath are teetering between paper text and technology woes, they’re not the only ones experiencing difficulties with educational tablets. LA’s new iPad for every student and teacher program is proving to be expensive and problematic. The school system is discovering that hardware pricing and software updates could put a major wrinkle in the technological budget. The cost difference could be as much as an additional $60 million per year to keep up with software licenses. That’s if the school can figure out a way to keep kids from ahckign into the security software.
Unlike Gleeson, LA’s superintendent of school, John Deasy thought the iPad program was “an astonishing success.”