Tablet computers for senior pupils
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.’