Scottish Border Council Provide iPads for Pupils
Scottish Borders Council to give iPads to all primary five to seven children.
20:11 04 September 2020
Scottish Borders Council is set to give iPads to all primary five to seven children to assist their learning. The move follows a successful iPad rollout that saw all 6,000 secondary school pupils getting their devices before lockdown allowing them to complete their coding project six weeks before the summer holidays.
Paul Graham, principal teacher for maths, computing and numeracy at Kelso High School, said: Pupils from a range of different backgrounds were super excited throughout the deployment last academic session.
"It was particularly nice to hear from pupils who didn't have any devices at home about how excited they were getting an iPad. Massive smiles on their faces and they were so grateful - they couldn't believe that we were investing so much in their education and futures.
He added: "It doesn't matter where pupils are, P.E. field, field trips, the classroom or at home, they can use the iPad to assist their learning. They also don't need to be connected to the internet to work and access most of the apps like Pages, Keynote and so on. I also feel the options on the devices allow teachers to be creative with their delivery of lessons and we also appreciate how intuitive the interface is for teachers and pupils.
"Once you show pupils how to do something they are so quick to pick up on it. The range of apps on the devices and I think how much a focus Apple has made on education, the iPad is designed for learning and to help learners."