Children log on to learn as latest technology proves class act


Children are using the latest technology to take control of their learning at a city primary school.

Lanesfield Primary is on a journey to become a 1:1 Apple iPad school and pupils are already beginning to use the devices to assist their learning.

Three classes currently have a device per child and five members of staff have become Apple Accredited Teachers.

The iPads are used across the curriculum as a tool for learning, with the children using them to access and create pieces of work, submit it to their teacher and receive feedback. Pupils can also mirror their tablets onto big screens in the classroom to share work with their friends.

Deputy headteacher Samantha Davidson said: "Here at Lanesfield we recognise the fast-moving technological world that our children are growing up in and we want to fully prepare them for life beyond primary school.

"The iPads are enabling children to take control of their own learning and we are seeing a real increase in pupil engagement and motivation because they have the whole world at their fingertips.

"They are really focused and on task as soon as they enter the classroom and pick up the iPad, and we are also able to tailor the learning experience for each child by using the accessibility features of the iPads and through specific apps and programmes.

"Every day is a learning day at Lanesfield and the technology that we are investing in is widening the opportunities and building greater capacity for learning experiences in the classroom."

Councillor Mike Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, visited the school last month to see the tablets in action.

He said: "Our schools have come a long way in a short period of time with many of them - including Lanesfield Primary - using the latest technology to help their children to learn. It's great to see the impact it is having in the classroom, with children wholly engaged in their learning."

To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.

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