BRAND new computer tablets have been handed to pupils at Littledean Primary School in a bid to help them with their studies.
Cinderford based Versarien Technologies Ltd has designed its very own tablets which have been selling well.
Neill Ricketts, who owns the business, came up the idea and is now working with the school to trial them and improve the education software.
He said: “We have donated 10 Versarien Tablets to the school as the final part of its trial to improve education in the classroom.
“There is a lot of evidence that pupils engage with their studies through the use of technologies. It can help with their learning and their collaboration with classmates increases when technology is used.
“The use of tablets in the classroom also allows teachers to monitor individual progress more effectively, tailoring their lessons accordingly.”
The tablets are sourced in China and use a similar software to the Android operating system.
Mr Ricketts added: “We gave training to teachers at the school yesterday so they can fully benefit from using the tablets in lessons.
“You often find when boys use them for their studies they take an interest in their lessons and use their imaginations more.
“The tablets are to be used as learning aids and are aimed to provide a helpful tool to teach more effectively. I believe that teachers and pupils will see an immediate effect on their experience in the classroom. The engagement of the pupils will rise as they feel the activity becoming more interactive and fun. I have six children myself and I can see myself the benefits the tables have on their studies.”
Staff at the company are working with the teachers to improve the tablet and, eventually could dish out more of the mini computers to other schools in the county.
Mr Ricketts said: “The pupils will have access to the internet so they can use it for research. We also want to look at adding different education software and that is partly why we wanted the pupils and teachers to trial them for us.”
Since they were launched, the company has sold 60 tablets to the public.
Littledean headteacher Hayley McGoldrick said: “We had the ICT engineer out at the school yesterday to link the tablets to the wireless and today will be the first day teachers and pupils will use them.
“We are a small school so you can image how hard it would have been for us to buy 10 tablets at once, funding is tight. But we were amazed when Neill said he would donate them. It is an amazing opportunity for the pupils.
“The teachers are very excited and have big plans. The obvious is they would use apps for mental maths and games to help the pupils with their timetables. We are looking at using ebooks. Many pupils use tablets at home. As a school we have to look at the way society is changing with technology.”