Pupils at a King’s Lynn school get iPads to show the way to future

Pupils at Howard Junior School wiht their iPads. Picture: Ian Burt Pupils at Howard Junior School wiht their iPads. Picture: Ian Burt

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
9:48 AM

At King’s Lynn’s Howard Junior School almost every pupil now has an iPad and the pupils and staff believe tablet technology is the next step forward in education.

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Now the school is giving a rallying cry to other schools to join the technological revolution.

Headteacher Greg Hill said: “It is well known that Norfolk has been struggling a bit with Ofsted and we think that technology is the way forward.

“This is a school that has a high proportion of Special Educational Needs (SEN) pupils and those getting free school meals yet our SATs results are above the national average.

“We want Norfolk to be a leader for technology in education. The pupils have told me that they think every child in Norfolk should have access to what they have. It really does help their learning.”

The school has invested around £30,000 in 120 iPad minis as well as the software to go along with them.

Mr Hill said: “They are self funded by the school. It is a case of clever budgeting as we want the school to have the best.”

Pupils are able bring up information about class topics by scanning codes on displays while teachers are able to set quizzes to test pupils’ knowledge and get instant feedback.

Pupils entering the school in Year 3 are provided with their own iPad to use throughout their career at the school giving them the chance to personalise the applications they use.

Assistant head Jason Harper said: “We are teaching them skills for life.

“We are teaching them for the jobs that they will do in the future.

“When I went to university I was taught how to use word processors and spreadsheets now they are learning this in primary school.

“You can see the benefit in the progress the pupils are making.

“They are enthusiastic about their work and they engage with it. They all take part and discuss things as a group.”

The school has a team of pupils who are Digital Leaders and can help their classmates with their technological issues.

8 comments

  • LOL, 'grammer'.

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    GoodRockinDaddy

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • What a total waste of tax payers money.

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    Norfolk John

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Look at me ! Look at me ! Look at me ! Yet another pointless waste of money on the latest techno gadget which is supposed to revolutionise teaching. The latest one of a line of many. AFAICS the main purpose of iPads is to promote the job prospects of those flogging them. Other minor details, such as the rapid change in this technology leading to it being out of date fast, running costs, and whether the claimed activities have sufficient educational value to be worth spending millions on, are skimped over in favour of rah-rah tactics.

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    Paul

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • So who pays for the broken ones to be fixed and to replace the "lost" ones?

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    KeithS

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Surely this is about a balance where iPads are used for research etc, the whiteboard for teaching, books for learning and writing in etc........

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    Sportswagon

    Tuesday, January 14, 2014

  • I am all for the use of technology in technology classes, as long as they can read, write and use correct grammer as well. As long as wifi is turned off so that the knowledge comes from the pupil, rather than a Google search

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    DaveG

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • if its anything like technology in my work place, that means every thing comes to a stand still when the email or internet system goes down, so therefore the children wont learn anything at all.

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    Andrew Goldsmith

    Monday, January 13, 2014

  • Perhaps everyone should look at the schools SATS results before criticizing their methods . Or should we return to good old days of NFN. ?Normal for norfolk)

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    Reader

    Monday, January 13, 2014

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