Free iPads handed to 1,000 Pool Academy students
Around 1,000 pupils at Pool Academy are now the proud owners of their own free iPads to be used at home and while in the classroom.
Each pupil has been handed the hi-tech equipment paid which are covered by accidental damage insurance policy. The iPads also remain in the ownership of the school with students expected to hand them back when they leave in year 11.
Classrooms have also been kitted out with new technology so that children can use the iPads throughout the school.
Principal, Zelma Hill, said the iPads had opened the world to each student, adding: “It gives them the opportunity to be extended and challenged in the classroom in ways that we could not have imagined a few years ago.”
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Staff started using the technology in lessons at the end of the summer term when the roll-out of the iPads began.
Alan Myers, senior vice principal, said: “iPads are not a gimmick. They will transform the future learning of our children and contribute further to their academic success.”
IT Manager, Phil Jones said it was first secondary school in area to do hand out the devices saying the school wanted parents, carers and students to be aware of the expectations for the use of these devices and the educational benefits that they offer.