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Introducing tablets to the primary school

Many primary schools are introducing tablet devices as part of their ICT strategies. Teacher and app developer Tom Minor offers some advice to get the most out of this technology in the classroom.

The use of tablet devices is on the rise in schools. The UK isn’t yet at the stage of Los Angeles, where the authorities signed a $30 million deal to provide an iPad for every one of the city’s pupils by the end of 2013, but tablets are fast becoming a feature of many classrooms. So how can schools get the most out of them?

There is undoubtedly a media buzz around what is still considered new technology. They are popular with parents (and especially prospective parents). The potential benefits are becoming more and more apparent, both educationally and arguably financially, with the ESSA Academy in Bolton, for example, reporting an annual saving of £65,000 on their photocopying budget following their introduction.

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