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Teachers using iPads to improve grades

31/05/2012 Joanna
The traditional scene of a child giving an apple to their teacher is not something we see much these days, but in one school it has become a regular feature of the classroom – albeit in a slightly different context.

Flitch Green Academy near London has become the latest education establishment to roll out Apple devices across its classrooms in a bid to improve the quality of its teaching, and grades are benefitting as a result.

Having first opened its doors in 2008, the Academy-status school has seen its grades reach the 90th percentile, and its use of iPads, Macs and iPod Touches has helped it achieve this.

The cutting edge devices are essential to the school's curriculum - which revolves around creativity and purposeful learning - so the school made a large investment in technology to enable the devices to take a central role in the classroom.

This has helped teachers to augment the learning experience of their pupils, backed by a philosophy that children should be taught skills that prepare them for 21st century life.

"We wanted a curriculum that was meaningful, purposeful and creative," Tracey Bratley, a teacher at the school, told the Apple website.

"With Apple technology we have the whole package. It's ignited everybody's learning progress."

Having first deployed MacBooks, the school's curriculum quickly evolved as the computers became central to its teaching and then iPads and iPod Touches were added to bring more depth.

Teachers at the school say pupils are more confident as a result of work that sees them record and video themselves, and the technology has also boosted literacy and numeracy performance.

All subjects are using the devices in one form or another and head teacher Helen Johnson believes that lessons are now more fun, engaging and interactive.

"Students can find all the objects inside and outside the school that start with a certain letter and record it with their iPod touch," she said.

"They get excitement out of that which keeps them engaged, and keeps them learning longer than they would have if they've been sat down with a pencil they can't hold very well."

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