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iPads given to sixth form students at Gloucester Academy

By The Citizen  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

iPads given to sixth form students at Gloucester Academy
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IPADS have been given to sixth form pupils at Gloucester Academy to aid their studies.

Year 12 pupils received the tablets earlier this month and have already been making the most of them to support their studying ahead of their summer exams.

Ben Craig, director of sixth form at the Academy, said: “We are determined to provide our Year 12 students, our first post-16 intake, with a successful sixth form experience they can use as the springboard to go on to achieve more and have successful careers.

“The provision of iPads is a key tool in enhancing their education.

“With exams and final assessments starting next month, the deployment of the devices couldn’t happen at a better time.

“These paradigm-shifting devices will change the way our sixth formers work.

“They will enable Gloucester Academy to create a collaborative, dynamic, creative and contemporary education experience for our learners.

“I am pleased that the sixth form are at the cutting edge of education technology and leading the way for the rest of the school.”

Students and parents were invited into the school for a demonstration of the capabilities of the iPad and how the device will help the students’ education.

Year 12 pupil Ainsley Campbell said: “I am able to work everywhere and anywhere, whenever I want.”

Student Jake Neate added: “It’s great that we’ve got our iPad minis and they are already extremely useful for work and revision.”

Jack Beaver said: “It’s easy to study with and simple to use – I’ve been using it all night.”

Gloucester Academy principal Showk Badat was responsible for the ground breaking distribution of iPads to students at the Academy he previously led, where he also brought about significant improvements.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been able to provide our young people at Gloucester Academy with the necessary tools they need to succeed.

“The use of these excellent mobile devices will complement the work students will do in their lessons.

“I have no doubt standards of attainment will rise because of this innovative approach to learning.”

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  • uk_socrates  |  May 09 2014, 4:08PM

    Finally!, Good to see more and more tablets being used at schools. (Tho they don't have to be Ipads). Lots of Android tablets are just as powerful and cost about 50-60% less. It seems crazy that we still use pens, exercise books, and text books. Also there is a growing number of educational apps, and revision apps! (Which even mark themselves!!!!). **That said in a world where we can now carry a small device that essentially has all the information in the world, do we really need to be retaining knowledge in the traditional organic way and then testing are ability to retain such knowledge on an exam paper? Its amazing that we now live in a world where pretty much any question can be Googled and an answer can be found within 20 seconds. Instead schools should be teaching kids how to make apps!, rather than wasting time on World War 2 or how many wife's Henry VIII had, learn how to code. In Business Studies rather than banging on about net profits etc, see if anyone has any good ideas/inventions? Also let pupils ditch certain subjects earlier, some of us found Religion and German beyond boring, I would of rather spent more time in I.T or Science but the schools insists everyone must study a "broad range of subjects". Why? Let pupils become experts in subjects they are passionate about!.

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  • tishwash  |  May 09 2014, 4:00PM

    pretty sure most people in my generation didn't need an iPad to succeed at school? Who's funding these? tax payer?

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