Give iPads or ban them?

An Education Act, granted Royal Assent on 15 November 2011, allows teachers to search pupils and their belongings for items including mobile phones, iPods, iPads, mp3 players and other electronic gadgets if the schools have banned them.

However, some schools are giving mobile devices to their pupils for constructive use. One example is in Cornwall.

iPadMounts Bay school in Penzance, is about to provide all pupils with iPads. Education bosses justified the cost by insisting the iPads would develop ‘world class learning’ and cut down on the cost of textbooks.

It is good for dyslexic pupils to use the same equipment as their peers, and to be able set their own preferences within it: font style, size and color, background color, and to use its Text to Speech if they wish.

© BDA New Technologies Committee. updated December 2011.
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