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Here was a school built for the 21st century and already they need additional technology to improve their teaching? Is this a well thought out pilot scheme to be carried out on behalf of our Education Dept and which may benefit all schools? As an example, have a look here http://www.ipadsforeducation.vic.edu.au/ and specifically at the document "21 steps to ipad success". Elsewhere on the site it reports that preliminary results suggest the best outcomes are from the primary and special needs schools rather than at secondary level. To be effective, technology must significantly add to the learning experience and translate into measurable results. What is it that these teachers cannot now do but which will become possible once these devices are in place? Are there other ways of achieving the same end? Are these truly necessary or just a nicety? If I were being asked to fund this scheme, these are some of the questions I would be asking. I would also ask, if it's such a good idea, why isn't the Minister tabling a motion for more funds to supply all schools with this essential piece of kit. The answer I fear is that these tablets are not vital to improving our children's education. If funded and used, they would bring in some improvement but they are not vital for all pupils. Technology can help but, in the end, education is about having an inspirational and enthusiastic teacher who can motivate their pupils into wanting to learn. We have a lot of these in place already. How about spending any spare money in getting the rest up to this level?