Te Waotu leads way with iPads
A $25,000 investment has put Te Waotu School at the forefront of modern education.
The South Waikato primary school has purchased 54 iPads in the past year and is now an example for other schools learning about the impact of the slicklooking tool.
Principal Bruce Darroch said there has been a real buzz about what can be achieved for student learning.
‘‘The ways iPads are being used in classrooms wouldn’t have even been imagined 12 months ago.’’
He said it is the most exciting innovation in teaching since he’s been involved.
Te Waotu staff have visited Richmond Primary School in Napier, Te Mata School in Hastings and Taupo Primary to view effective use of iPads as well as professional development classes.
‘‘ This growth in professional knowledge has been across the board and with no exceptions.’’
The school has kept anecdotal records of the impact iPads are having on students at all levels of the school, he said.
‘‘ These are cross curricular results as well as significant impact on student motivation.’’
The technology is now a feature of each class’s literacy and numeracy programmes.
Mr Darroch said they have also implemented a Bring Your Own Device policy.
‘‘The BYOD policy combined with our own iPads has brought some classes up to an almost 1 to 1 ratio, every child in the school has immediate access to an iPad.’’
The school has spent around $2000 updating the devices with new applications.
He said it has been interesting to become a place where other schools are visiting to gain knowledge.
‘‘ We are proud to host other schools and share our journey as this is how we started in the first place.’’
Mr Darroch will conduct a review to see if the funds were well-spent.
Totally engrossed: Te Waotu School staff are amazed at the level of engagement they are getting from students using iPads such as Josh Wigram and Sereana Martin-King.
Modern learning: James Medley is engaged with Te Waotu’s new method of teaching.