A student using an iPad for her school work. The Stavanger Declaration, the culmination of a five-year study, states that an indiscriminate swap of traditional hardcopy textbooks for digital materials does not work. Photograph: Alan Betson

When Apple released the iPad a decade ago, there was a rush among early adopters to embed such an innovative device into their lives. There was also (...)

Angela Kaya, and daughter Leyla at their home in Ratoath, Co Meath. Ratoath College’s iPad-only policy for junior cycle students has divided parents. Photograph: Alan Betson

At Ratoath College, a 1,000-pupil secondary school in Co Meath, hundreds of parents are locked into a bitter row with school management over its iPad-(...)

In international reading assessments,  Irish children are the best readers in Europe and among the best in the world Photograph: iStock

Young “digital natives” are much more likely to absorb information from printed books rather than screens even though they have grown up surrounded by(...)