School to buy iPods for all its 1,000-plus pupils

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EVERY single pupil at a South Yorkshire secondary school is to be given their very own Apple iPod.

All 1,000-plus pupils at Oakwood High School in Rotherham are to be given their own iPod Touch.

The school will be the first in South Yorkshire - and one of only a handful in the country - to have invested in the technology.

The project is intended to harness the latest IT technology, and begins this summer with staff training so teachers are ready for the launch in June next year.

The next few months will also see work installing latest Wi-Fi technology.

Headteacher David Naisbitt said: “We are committed to giving pupils the very best. All our pupils deserve 21st century learning opportunities personalised to them.

“Oakwood is an extremely good school that I am very proud of. Our exam results are rising and last year pupils made outstanding progress.”

He added funding for the project had been found from within the school’s existing ICT budget, but added: “This is not about cost but about the development of learning and teaching within our school.

“The iPod Touch is a great learning tool and will, we feel, encourage independent and creative thinking. We are preparing our pupils for the future, to be able to succeed at college and university.”

All Oakwood pupils will have access to the internet for research and revision without the need to book computer rooms or be in a classroom.

Pupils and staff will also be able to use their iPod Touch interactively in lessons, to create podcasts, movies and animations, translate words into different languages, carry a lifetime of books in their pockets, and ask and answer their own questions.

“We had planned further investment in ICT and have chosen to invest in something new and exciting rather than simply refresh our existing facilities,” said Mr Naisbitt.

“We believe this will be a more flexible way for our pupils to go about their studies and the planning of their daily school lives as this technology is so versatile.”

Mr Naisbitt added the scheme was in addition to, not a replacement for, existing and more traditional educational tools.

“Children still need to sit exams and still need to think, read, write, communicate and listen to each other,” he said.

“There is no need to worry that the school will be losing its library or removing text books - this is about adding to existing facilities, not replacing them.

“As we enter our 60th anniversary year we believe Oakwood is a forward thinking, progressive school and this project will give our pupils the technology to be both creative and independent, which is what education should be about.”