The ink is barely dry on my post proposing the Department of Education gives every school child in the country an Amazon Kindle when I learn that something similar is already happening. Today's Irish Times carries a story that students at Caritas College in Ballyfermot have been given Iliad e-ink pads from iRex in the Netherlands.
It isn't clear if this is a Department initiative or a private initiative by Caritas College, Gill & Macmillan and iRex (and more power to them if it's the latter). If it is the former: why just one college, and why just one technology platform - ideally we need to trial multiple schools, platforms and age groups: quickly. Forget third level fees (nobody will decide anything on that until safely after the next general election), here's a chance to do something for our children and our future economic well-being in one fell swoop.