School is using iPads to excite pupils about class
THE latest in new technology has come to a Derbyshire junior school with the introduction of electronic tablets into the classrooms.
All pupils at the independent Elms Junior School in Long Eaton have started using iPads in their computer lessons but the school intends to extend their use into other classes.
Software links the class iPads to the teacher's iPad, allowing the teacher to observe how the children are doing and send quiz questions to the whole class.
The school's decision to bring in the tablets follows research by Durham University that found highly interactive equipment boosted skills in maths and encouraged pupils to work together.
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Head teacher Keith Morrow said: "Children learn better when they are fully engaged in what they are doing rather than passively listening. There is a natural inquisitiveness and chatter in the classroom when the iPads are in use, which, led by the teacher, encourages children to explore and share ideas, which aids learning.
"We want our staff to be at the cutting edge of teaching and the iPads are a very useful cross-curricular tool.
"As well as the new iPads, the school also has Kindle e- readers, which are used in reading groups and are proving a popular way to better engage children in reading books using technology."