Education at a Norfolk primary school took a hi-tech leap when pupils were given iPads to use.

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Harleston Primary School has bought 80 of the computers using money saved into a four-year scheme, through the local authority, to buy ICT equipment.

Headteacher Roger Walsh said: “It’s a very exciting way to educate children. They have been doing times tables activities and are very motivated because they think they’re just playing with an iPad but they are learning as well.

“A huge number of children don’t have access to things like iPads, so it’s good to give every pupil the chance to experience using the latest technology.

“It’s amazing to think that there’s probably more technology in these iPads than in the first rockets to the moon.”

The iPads, which have all been security marked, are part of a £45,000 investment in ICT, which also included upgrading the internet wireless system across the school and the desktop computers.

The old computers will be heading out to Africa via a local authority recycling scheme.

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  • Two issues with this - firstly ICT Solutions could have sourced an alternative tablet for half the price thus saving the taxpayer money (Yes, it's not the school's money despite them saving it - it's still the taxpayers!) and secondly, sending computers to third world countries doesnt always mean that they are used as as computers. In some countries they have kids holding the circuit boards over bunsen burners in order to extract the gold off of them, while all the time inhaling poisons which can cause respiratory failure. I hope NCC can give us a cast-iron guarantee that this isnt the case, even though they have a nice WEEE certificate that says that they have 'recycled' their equipment.

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