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Cardiff schools to get their hands on touchscreen teaching devices

18/07/2012 Joanna
Pupils in Cardiff are set to benefit from the latest developments in technology after the council announced a £3 million fund to bring tablets to the classroom.

The council said that the provision of tablet computers and superfast internet connections would help the pupils "achieve their potential", Wales Online reports.

"This investment will benefit pupils and communities now and in the future," explained cabinet member for education, lifelong learning and libraries, councillor Julia Magill.

"I am very pleased that we are able to commit a considerable amount of funding into such an important project."

Although the amount of tablets available to each school will depend on size, the council has yet to decide on the ratio of pupils to gadgets.

Modern technological developments are likely to become a bigger part of life for everyone working in teaching jobs in Wales, not just in Cardiff, after education minister Leighton Andrews last month announced a plan of action regarding the used of digital equipment.

A National Digital Learning Council will be created as part of the proposals in order to provide guidance to those in education jobs on how to maximise the benefits of digital technology, while the National Digital Collection will provide an online resource for teachers across the country.

The government also wants to encourage the use of iTunes U, an app which works for iPads, iPhones and iPods that allows pupils to gain access to entire courses, with additional professional development for those with jobs in education set to improve the teaching of computer science and IT.

"I want Wales to be a world leader in digital learning. I believe the actions I've set out … show how we can achieve that goal," Mr Andrews said.

"New technologies are crucial in driving up learner performance and ensuring they have the best skills for life."

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