Tablet com­put­ers for se­nior pupils

The Oban Times - - News -

EV­ERY high school pupil in the High­lands will be given a tablet com­puter to aid learn­ing, fol­low­ing a trial by High­land coun­cil.

The lo­cal au­thor­ity pi­loted the scheme in Al­ness this year. All pupils from pri­mary six up­wards will now have their own hand-held de­vice and younger pupils will share.

The ex­act cost is not avail­able but it is thought the coun­cil will save money as tablets have less up­keep costs than desk­top com­put­ers.

Bill Alexan­der, High­land coun­cil’s di­rec­tor of care and learn­ing, said: ‘ We took a re­port re­gard­ing this to com­mit­tee in Fe­bru­ary, set­ting out our as­pi­ra­tion to pro­vide all pupils with a tech­nol­ogy-rich en­vi­ron­ment, to ad­dress their learner needs and cur­ricu­lum goals and trans­form their learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. The plan in­volves re­duc­ing the num­ber of cen­trally man­aged de­vices by around 50 per cent. These de­vices do not have the high sup­port costs a cen­trally man­aged de­vice in­volves, so we an­tic­i­pate they will be less ex­pen­sive to pro­vide.’

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