QUOTE said:Almost 200 Year 11 pupils at Taunton Academy now have the £150 handsets which give them access to a multitude of apps to help with their homework.
Teachers have also splashed out on 60 new iPad readers for classrooms – but insist the scheme is cheaper than forking out for a new IT suite.
‘We have spent no more money on this than we would have done on upgrading our PCs, which are out of date,’ said head teacher Mark Trusson.
‘It would cost about £50,000 for a new IT suite with 30 computers but we can give out 600 of these for about twice that amount – it’s better value for money. Experience elsewhere suggests students respond to this idea – they don’t let them out of their sight.
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'Staff need to use their classroom management skills with them as they would any other educational resource.'
While pupils will be able to store music, photos, video and data files on their new toys, inappropriate internet sites and social networking portals like Facebook will be blocked by the school’s filters.
Honestly, £1666 for a school computer!?!