08:00 Thursday 05 July 2012

School makes history as iPad generation begins

Written byHELEN KREFT

A BURTON school has become the first in Staffordshire to provide every student in its sixth form with an iPad in a £100,000 funding initiative.

students at De Ferrers Academy are to be given iPads as part of their learning.
students at De Ferrers Academy are to be given iPads as part of their learning.

The 300 students from de Ferrers Academy will receive the iPad in the autumn term to enhance their learning experience using new technology which will be funded entirely by the academy and not by taxpayers.

Greg Hughes, assistant principal and new technologies director at the academy, said: “We have spent a lot of time looking at exactly how iPads can improve teaching and learning

“We’ve piloted iPads with groups of staff and students, had discussions with colleagues all over the world via Twitter and listened to feedback from other schools that have started to use them.

“The research has highlighted the many benefits of iPads in education and we are confident that this is a device that will really engage our students, raise their aspirations and elevate individual achievement.”

Students will use the iPads in all lessons to conduct everyday activities such as taking notes, annotating work and accessing the internet for research, but will also be able to take them home.

The iPads will also allow students to conduct more complex tasks like carrying out online questionnaires, communicating and collaborating with overseas students and connecting their iPads to interactive whiteboards to share their work.

Staff at the academy will also use the iPads to plan and deliver more interactive online lessons which encourage students to take more of an active role in their learning experience.

Steve Allen, principal of the academy, said: “We are committed to providing our students with the best education possible and preparing them for higher education and employment.

“We see the iPads as an investment in their future and we are preparing them for life and work in the 21st century.” The academy will be working in partnership with award-winning Academia IT Solutions to provide the iPads for the students.

Mr Allen said: “Academia have lots of industry experience with Apple products and software in an education setting, so it was the natural choice. We’re very excited about this new venture and look forward to working with them.”

The academy will hold an iPad information evening for parents in the autumn term and information about the event will be available on the academy’s website in September.

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