Educational Technology

January 24, 2011

UK State schools left behind in iPad revolution

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

by Sue Learner,

iPads are used as an integral part of lessons across the curriculum at the independent Cedar school in Greenock, Scotland. At an age when most children are learning how to hold a pencil, a class of five-year-olds at a school in Scotland are practising writing the numbers one to 10 on their iPads. The Cedar school of excellence in Greenock, an independent school, is thought to be the first in the world where all lessons are taught using iPads. It is one of a growing number of independent schools and academies that are spending many thousands of pounds kitting their pupils out with mobile technology such as iPads and iPod Touches. But as teachers eye up all the latest gadgets at the Bett technology show at Olympia in London this week, those in state schools may feel like the poor relations. Technology, one of the most expensive areas in schools, has been among the first affected by coalition austerity.

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